It was party time on Tuesday as a celebration was hosted at the Grange St Paul's Hotel, London, to honour the 101 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who this year featured on The Independent on Sunday's Rainbow List of 2014.
The event drew activists, business leaders and community workers from around the country, such as Colin Coward, who promotes LGBT equality in the Anglican Communion as founder of Changing Attitudes, and Ayla Holdom, a Royal Air Force pilot who leads the Armed Services Trans group. Others included Natacha Kennedy, a trustee at Camden LGBT Forum, and Mobeen Azhar, who made the award-winning Radio 4 programme Inside Gay Pakistan. And, of course, a few familiar faces too.
Speeches came from Lisa Markwell, The IoS editor, and Tony Matharu, managing director of Grange Hotels, who gave a heartfelt endorsement to breaking down prejudices. Thanks were also given to sponsors Asda, which has committed to support the list again in 2015.
Ms Markwell said: "The Independent on Sunday has been publishing its celebration of the most influential LGBT people in Britain for 15 years now, but this year was the first time we held an actual celebration... and it was wonderful."
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