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British LGBT Awards: Shortlist of leading LGBT activists, allies and stars revealed

The Independent is pleased to announce the short list for the British LGBT Awards 2017. 

The awards celebrate community activists, public figures and straight allies who work to advance the rights of LGBT communities. The Independent is the British LGBT Awards Media Partner for 2017.

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The Independent is official media partner for the British LGBT Awards 2017

Top 10 LGBT+ Celebrities include Laverne Cox, a transgender activist and actress who came to prominence on Netflix series Orange Is The New Black. Kate McKinnon, impersonator and comedian, shot to fame on Saturday Night Live due to her portrayal of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 US Presidential Race.

Top 10 Media Moments include the inclusion of a lesbian kiss in the BBC’s broadcast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as the moment the cast of Broadway Musical Hamilton took to the stage to address Vice President Mike Pence in the audience and implore him to respect minority rights.

British LGBT Awards founder, Sarah Garrett MBE, said: “The 2017 NatWest British LGBT Awards shortlist features inspirational people who have and continue to use their platform to promote and enhance LGBT rights all over the world.

“All nominees are absolutely deserving of their place on the shortlist but it is now down to the public to choose their winners ahead of the ceremony which is set to be the biggest yet when it takes place in London on 12 May.”

Top 10 Media Moments 

Black Mirror’s San Junipero Episode

Broadway Musical Hamilton Deliver Message To Vice President Pence

Cyndi Lauper Rewrites Kinky Boots In Support Of Trans Rights

Gaycation, A Worldwide Lgbtq Cultural Journey, Airs On Viceland

India Willoughby Features On Loose Women Panel

News Coverage Of Worldwide Orlando Vigils

Olympics News Coverage Of Gay Athletes

Russell T Davies Introduces A Lesbian Kiss To The BBC’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Rylan And His Husband Dan Present This Morning On Itv

Supergirl’s Sister Alex Danvers Comes Out As A Lesbian

Adidas Top 10 LGBT+ Celebrities

Olly Alexander

Laverne Cox

Cara Delevingne

Lady Gaga

Lauren Jauregui

Dustin Lance Black

Kate McKinnon

Ellen Page

RuPaul

Russell Tovey

Top 10 LGBT+ Celebrity Rising Stars

Saara Aalto

Munroe Bergdorf 

Shannon Beveridge

Mhairi Black MP

Dino Fetscher

Stephanie Hirst

Matt Lister

Calum Scott

George Shelley

Annie Wallace

Crowd of people hold LGBT dance party outside Mike Pence’s house

Virgin Holidays Top 10 Celebrity Straight Allies

James Corden

Ariana Grande

Anne Hathaway

Thierry Henry

Annie Lennox

Macklemore

Prince William

J.K. Rowling

Patrick Stewart

Emma Watson

Signature Living Top 10 Best Destinations

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Barcelona, Spain

Miami, Florida

New York, New York

Palm Springs, California

Richmond, Virginia

San Francisco, California

Stockholm, Sweden

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Vancouver, Canada

GMB Top 10 Charities or Community Initiatives

401 Challenge / Foundation

Albert Kennedy Trust

Diversity Role Models

GIRES (Gender Identity Research and Education Society)

Happy Hippy Foundation

Kick It Out (LGBT)

Mermaids

R U Coming Out?

Stonewall

Thrive NE

Top 10 Broadcasters or Journalists 

Clare Balding

Rylan Clark-Neal

Jane Hill

Owen Jones

Rachel Maddow

Graham Norton

Paul O’Grady

Tyler Oakley

Sue Perkins

Adele Roberts

Viacom Top 10 Music Artists

Adele

Elton John

Miley Cyrus

Fifth Harmony

Kele Okereke

Madonna

Katy Perry

Troye Sivan

Tegan and Sara

Years & Years

Top 10 Brands or Marketing Campaigns

Adidas Pride Pack campaign

BBC’s Christmas advert campaign

Dove

Economist

H & M

Lloyds Bank’s #HeSaidYes campaign

Netflix’s LGBT+ Programming

Sainsbury’s

Skittles

Virgin Holidays

Top 10 Outstanding Contributions to LGBT+ Life

Peter Bull, Above the Stag Theatre

Cat Burton, Trans British Airways Pilot

Alex Ferguson, Herts 1125 – Who not What

Fox Fisher, Trans activist

Father Andrew Foreshew-Cain, LGBT+ campaigner

Jack and Ben, YouTube Vloggers

Greg Owen, Co-founder of iwantPrEPnow.co.uk 

Jay Stewart, Gendered Intelligence

Chardine Taylor-Stone, Stop Rainbow Racism

Jen Yockney MBE, Bisexual campaigner

LGBT traffic lights

Top 10 LGBT+ Corporate Rising Stars

David Bufton, Linklaters LLP 

Rafael Campos Valdez, TSB

Carl Clarke, Vodafone

Gary Coetzee, Lendlease Group

Craig Dillon, Sky 

Becki Gibson, ASDA

Esther McDermott, Dentons

Christina Riley, Balfour Beatty 

Nina Smith, Channel 4

Warrant Officer Class 2 Karen Styles, Army

Top 10 Corporate Straight Allies

Simon Allcock, Riverside 

Tamara Box, Reed Smith

Louise Bradley, Oliver Wyman

David Bryan, Cheshire Police

Karin Cook, Lloyds Banking 

Martin Egan, BNP Paribas

Jan-Coos Geesink, Thomson Reuters

Benny Higgins, Tesco Bank

Diana Holland OBE, Unite the Union

Mike Roemer, Barclaycard 

Societe Generale Top 10 Diversity Champions

Catherine Hennigan, Goldman Sachs

Vinay Kapoor, BNP Paribas

Angela Kay, Bupa

Miles Lanham, Genesis Housing Association

Samantha Jayne Nelson, Marsh UK

David Pearson, KPMG

Daisy Reeves, B.L.P. Law

Isobel Sheldon, Johnson Matthey Battery Systems

Chris Wood, Royal Navy

Martin York, Fujitsu

Barclays Top 10 Employers or Companies 

Aon

Bloomberg

Cisco

EDF

HSBC

IBM

J.P. Morgan

Manchester Airport Group

Pinsent Masons

PwC

Reed Smith Top 10 LGBT+ Inspirational Leaders

Jo Rzymowska, Celebrity Cruises UK

Rob Davey, Clarivate Analytics

Nick Crofts, Co-op Group

Pips Bunce, Credit Suisse

Sue Baines, Barclays

Ken Janssens, J.P. Morgan

Jude Satchell-Foley, Atos

Misa von Tunzelman, JLL 

Jonathan McClelland, M&G Investments

Daniel Gerring, Travers Smith

Top 10 LGBT+ Network Groups

Archway, the LGBT network, Network Rail

Celebrate LGBT, Action for Children

Walt Disney Company LGBT+ Network, The Walt Disney Company Limited

Pride UKI, Cisco

ITV Pride, ITV

Égalité UK, Publicis Groupe

Unity – EY’s LGBTA Network, EY

Norton Rose Fulbright Pride network, Norton Rose Fulbright

RoyaLGBT & Friends, King Digital Entertainment

RBS Rainbow Network, RBS

Voting for the award winners in each category is taking place on the British LGBT Awards’ website. The winners will be announced on 12 May at an awards ceremony in London.

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