Laverne Cox, David Beckham and Edward Enninful shortlisted for LGBT Awards

Stars, global icons and top music talent lead 2018 NatWest British LGBT Awards shortlist

The shortlist for the 2018 NatWest British LGBT Awards was announced today, marking the countdown to the biggest annual event in Britain’s gay calendar.

A string of global LGBT+ icons and allies, including OutNews Global publisher Linda Riley, who work to advance the rights of LGBT+ communities have been recognised.

The event will take place at London’s Marriott Grosvenor Square on 11 May in front of a packed celebrity crowd, where the overall winners will be announced. Huff Post UK is an official media partner for the awards.

Harry Styles, Dawn French and James Cordon are among those shortlisted for the coveted Straight Ally of the Year accolade. Comedian John Bishop and Ariana Grande are given a nod in the same category.

Those nominated for Celebrity of the Year include Laverne Cox, a transgender activist and actress who came to prominence in the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black, and Demi Lovato, the American singer and actress.

British TV stars Paul O’Grady and Rylan Clark-Neal also make the shortlist.

Edward Enninful, the editor of British Vogue, and Kate McKinnon, who shot to fame on Saturday Night Live after her portrayal of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 US presidential race, are also nominated for awards.

Dua Lipa, Jess Glynne and P!NK are all set to face off for the Music Artist of the Year gong, while the returning Will & Grace and Olly Alexander’s BBC documentary Growing up Gay have been listed in the Media Moment of the Year category.

Charitable organisations that work to support LGBT+ communications and businesses with a track record of promoting diversity including ASDA, Channel 4 and Disney have also been shortlisted.

Previous NatWest British LGBT Award winners include HRH Prince William, Kylie Minogue and Caitlyn Jenner (who attended the event last year). A full list of nominees is below.

Sarah Garrett, British LGBT Awards founder, said: “The 2018 NatWest British LGBT Awards shortlist showcases a range public figures and famous straight allies who use their platform to enhance the rights of the LGBT community.

“The ceremony on 11 May is set to be the biggest British LGBT Awards to date.”

Commenting on the sponsorship of the awards, Marjorie Strachan, Global head of Inclusion for RBS, added: “We’re proud to be the headline sponsor of the NatWest British LGBT Awards.

“These awards acknowledge those who have made an outstanding commitment to the LGBT community.

“While we should rightly celebrate the nominees and winners, we should also acknowledge the role the awards play in helping to create a cultural shift towards a more diverse and equal society.  That’s something we at NatWest are proud to be a part of.”

The public can now vote on who they would like to see win at www.britishlgbtawards.com

 

2018 NatWest British LGBT Awards Shortlist: 

CELEBRITY STRAIGHT ALLY

ANNA FRIEL

ANNIE LENNOX

ARIANA GRANDE

DAVID BECKHAM

DAWN FRENCH

HARRY STYLES

JAMES CORDEN

JOHN BISHOP

NICK JONAS

VICTORIA DERBYSHIRE

 

LGBT+ CELEBRITY

CARA DELEVINGNE

COLTON HAYNES

DEMI LOVATO

LAVERNE COX

MATT LUCAS

PAUL O’GRADY

RYLAN CLARK

SARAH PAULSON

SEAN HAYES

SUSAN CALMAN

 

BROADCASTER/JOURNALIST

CRAIG REVEL-HORWOOD

EDWARD ENNINFUL

GRAHAM NORTON

JAMES INGHAM

JANET MOCK

KATE MCKINNON

MARK FOSTER

SANDI TOKSVIG

STEPHEN FRY

SUE PERKINS

 

MUSIC ARTIST

DUA LIPA

FRANK OCEAN

HAYLEY KIYOKO

JESS GYLNNE

KEHLANI

P!NK

PVRIS

RITA ORA

TEGAN & SARA

TROYE SIVAN

 

ONLINE INFLUENCER

CONNOR FRANTA

HANNAH HART

MUNROE BERGDORF

NATASHA NEGOVANLIS

ORION CARLOTO

DR. RANJ SINGH

RIYADH KHALAF

STEVIE BOEBI

TOMMY DORFMAN

TYLER OAKLEY

 

MEDIA MOMENT

AUSTRALIA SAYS “YES”

BILL POTTS JOINS DR WHO

CYRUS COMES OUT ON ANDI MACK

IN A HEARTBEAT ANIMATED SHORT FILM

JUSTIN TRUDEAU APOLOGISES TO THE LGBT+ COMMUNITY

LAVERNE COX ON COSMOPOLITAN MAGAZINE’S FRONT COVER

MOONLIGHT WINS AN OSCAR

OLLY ALEXANDER & THE BBC: GROWING UP GAY

STAR TREK DISCOVERY FEATURES A SAME-SEX COUPLE

WILL & GRACE MAKES COMEBACK

 

BEST DESTINATION 

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

BERLIN, GERMANY

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN

MADRID, SPAIN

PALM SPRINGS, USA

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

TAIPEI, TAIWAN

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL

TOKYO, JAPAN

 

 

CHARITY OR COMMUNITY INITIATIVE

ALLOUT

BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION

DIVERSITY ROLE MODELS

GENDERED INTELLIGENCE

LONDON GAYMERS

MANCHESTER PRIDE

OUTDOOR LADS

OUTRIGHT INTERNATIONAL

PRIDE IN LONDON

SWITCHBOARD

 

BRAND OR MARKETING CAMPAIGN 

AMAZON

CONVERSE

M&Ms

MCCAIN

PLAYBOY

QANTAS

SKITTLES

SMIRNOFF

STARBUCKS

YOUTUBE

 

CORPORATE STRAIGHT ALLY 

ANNA CROSS, BARCLAYS

EMMA CAREY, MSB

JO COUGHLAN, MUFG

LAURA HINTON, PWC

MARK BARNETT, MASTERCARD

PETER MADDEN, ARCADIS

PETER MARKEY, TSB

SIMON BURTON, HOUSE OF LORDS

SUSAN ALLEN, SANTANDER

WARWICK MATTHEWS, ROLLS-ROYCE

 

DIVERSITY CHAMPION 

ANDREW PORTER, DIAGEO

CARL CLARKE, VODAFONE

CLAIRE SKINNER, MERCER

DAVID LEVINE, DISNEY

JOANNA WALKER, VIRGIN MONEY

LAURA HODGSON, NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT

PARESH RAVAT, BNP PARIBAS

SANDY DARCY, THAMES WATER

STEVEN COX, FUJITSU

THERESA FARRENSON, AON

 

LGBT+ INSPIRATIONAL LEADER 

ANTONIA BELCHER, MHBC CREATE

ED FAIRHURST, SHELL

EMIRO MENDOZA, CARAT

EMMA GOODFORD, KNIGHT FRANK

GEOFF GODWIN, AIG

JONATHAN MCCLELLAND, M&G INVESTMENTS

KELLY CANTERFORD, JLL

LUCA SALE, AMAZON

NARIND SINGH, CLIFFORD CHANCE

PIPS BUNCE, CREDIT SUISSE

 

LGBT+ CORPORATE RISING STAR 

BEN CAWLEY, STANDARD CHARTERED BANK

CHRIS HOWARD, EPAM & CAPGEMINI

DUNNI ALAO, MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

EMILY SENDALL, DELOITTE

JOHN DICKINSON, TESCO

JONATHAN ANDREWS, REED SMITH

JULIA ATWATER, ATOS

LENG MONTGOMERY, SAINSBURY’S

MELANIE JACKSON, NATIONAL GRID

RYAN BLEACH, NOMURA

 

LGBT+ NETWORK GROUP

ALLIANZ INSURANCE, ALLIANZ

ASDA PRIDE, ASDA

BREATHE, KPMG

GLOW, DENTONS

HOUSEPROUD, GENESIS HOUSING

INTERENERGY

MPRIDE, METRO BANK

OUT@IN, LINKEDIN

PARLIOUT, PARLIAMENT

SPECTRUM, GSK

 

EMPLOYER OR COMPANY 

ARMY

CHANNEL 4

DELOITTE

EY

HSBC UK

MI5

PINSENT MASONS

TRAVELODGE

VIACOM

VISA

 

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO LGBT+ LIFE 

ALICE WALLACE – OPENING DOORS LONDON

ETHAN SPIBEY – FREEDOM TO DONATE

JOHN O’DOHERTY – RAINBOW PROJECT NI

LEWIS OAKLEY – BISEXUAL ACTIVIST

LINDA RILEY – DIVA MAGAZINE

PARIS LEES – TRANSGENDER ACTIVIST, JOURNALIST

PHYLL OPOKU-GYIMAH – UK BLACK PRIDE

RUTH HUNT – STONEWALL

STEVE TAYLOR – LGBTI ACTIVIST, PRIDE LEADER

SUSIE GREEN – MERMAIDS

 

www.britishlgbtawards.com 

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