Caitlyn Jenner will attend British LGBT awards 2017

Transgender celebrity to make first appearance in UK since undergoing gender reassignment surgery

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Caitlyn Jenner will attend the British LGBT awards on Friday, in what will be her first appearance in the UK since undergoing gender reassignment surgery in January.

The transgender star is set to be recognised by awards organisers for her campaigning work on trans equality issues.

During the 2016 US election, Ms Jenner voiced her support for Donald Trump and the Republican Party.

But in a recent interview with Fox News she has criticised the administration’s LGBT policies, and hit out at Mr Trump’s pick for Army Secretary, who voiced his opposition to trans people using gender-appropriate bathrooms.

"I need to tell Mark Green I don’t have a disease," Jenner said.

"There’s a lot of issues out there for our community that I’m fighting for and I want the Republican Party to do a better job," she added

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The awards, now in their sixth year, celebrate the work of individuals and organisations who campaign for LGBT rights in politics, media, and business.

Ms Jenner is expected to be one of the headline guests at the ceremony alongside leading British LGBT celebrities such as Graham Norton, Clare Balding, Callum Scott, Rylan Clark-Neal and Sue Perkins.

Speaking ahead of Friday’s awards, Alan Carr said: “It is a fantastic event that does so much to celebrate people in the LGBT community who are making a real difference.

“In 2017 these awards are more important than ever. I am so proud to be part of it.”

“It is going to be a brilliant night and I am looking forward to reuniting with my Mel on stage to present the winners. It is going to be a glitzy and fabulous affair with some very special moments.”  

The NatWest British LGBT Awards will be streamed live at www.britishlgbtawards.co.uk from 9pm on 12 May.

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