Best of LGBQTI Britain celebrated at the inaugural event
Sue Perkins, Sadiq Khan and Sue Sanders were among the honourees at the inaugural Rainbow Honours last night, Wednesday 4 December.
Designed to celebrate those who work to further LGBQTI equality 365 days a year, the Rainbow Honours are different from any other LGBTQI awards event. It is an evening of celebration to shine a light on those unsung heroes and sheroes who give up their spare time to volunteer and strive to make the world a better place for the LGBTQ community.
— Keziah Halliday (@KeziahHalliday) December 4, 2019
Presented by Drag Race royalty Courtney Act and boyband legend Duncan James, the star-studded ceremony took place at the iconic Madame Tussauds in central London, with awards given to those familiar faces and companies who have given their time and support to challenge intolerance, injustice and hatred.
— Lui Asquith 🧜♂️⚖️ (@EnbyLawyer) December 4, 2019
Each category also presented its very own commended award for those whom the judges felt deserved their own special recognition at the event, with individual awards named after an LGBTQI hero. George Michael, Audre Lorde, Freddie Mercury and Lyra McKee were among those remembered on the evening.
A series of major awards were up for grabs this year, including the Rainbow Honours Lifetime Achievement Award, Media Moment, LGBTQ Icon, New LGBTQ Network Group and Trans Advocate.
So honoured to win Audre Lorde Campaigner/Influencer Award @RainbowHonours tonight. I feel so privileged to have been part of the UK & global LGBT+ freedom movement for 50 years. I salute activists in countries where homosexuality is still a crime. Heroes! #RainbowHonours19 pic.twitter.com/NRZayBgjQc
— Peter Tatchell (@PeterTatchell) December 4, 2019
Winners included LGBTQI homelessness charity akt, all-women garage, Spanners With Manners and campaigner Peter Tatchell.
To round off the night, a special Lifetime Achievement Award was delivered to LGBTQI activist Sue Sanders, chair of education charity Schools Out, who has worked towards equality, safety and visibility in educate for LGBTQI people since 1974.
To see the full list of Rainbow Honours winners 2019 click here.