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

Awards celebrate those who fight for the rights of LGBT communities

Siobhan Fenton
Social Affairs Correspondent
Monday 20 February 2017 10:39 GMT
Actress Laverne Cox
Actress Laverne Cox (Getty Images)

The Independent is pleased to announce the shortlist 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.

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, and Kate McKinnon, impersonator and comedian, who shot to fame on Saturday Night Live after 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 Delivers Message To Vice President Pence

Cyndi Lauper Rewrites Kinky Boots In Support Of Trans Rights

Gaycation, A Worldwide LGBT+ Cultural Journey, Airs On Viceland

India Willoughby Features On Loose Women Panel

News Coverage Of Worldwide Orlando Vigils

Rio Olympics Features Most LGBT+ Athletes Ever

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


Russell Tovey

Mhairi Black says the government can always find money for a war in Syria so why don't women's pensions (Getty Images)

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

JK Rowling was a prominent and proactive ally in 2016 (Getty)

Virgin Holidays Top 10 Celebrity Straight Allies

James Corden

Ariana Grande

Anne Hathaway

Thierry Henry

Annie Lennox


Prince William

J.K. Rowling

Patrick Stewart

Emma Watson

Barcelona has been shortlisted in the Destinations category (Oh Barcelona/Flickr)

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)


R U Coming Out?


Thrive NE

Sure Perkins’ role on GBBO catapulted her popularity sky-high last year (Getty Images) (Getty)

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

Adele is one of this year’s nominated music artists (Getty Images)

Viacom Top 10 Music Artists


Elton John

Miley Cyrus

Fifth Harmony

Kele Okereke


Katy Perry

Troye Sivan

Tegan and Sara

Years & Years

Adidas’s Valentine's Day Instagram post from last year supported the brand’s entry into Campaigns shortlist (Adidas)

Top 10 Brands or Marketing Campaigns

Adidas Pride Pack campaign

BBC's Christmas advert campaign



H & M

Lloyds Bank’s #HeSaidYes campaign

Netflix’s LGBT+ Programming



Virgin Holidays

Activist Fox Fisher has been nominated for an Outstanding Contribution award

Top 10 Outstanding Contributions to LGBT+ Life

Peter Bull, Above the Stag theatre

Cat Burton, trans British Airways pilot

Alex Ferguson, Herts 1125 campaigner

Fox Fisher, trans activist

Father Andrew Foreshew-Cain, LGBT+ campaigner

Jack Lewis and Ben Hunte (Our Swirl Life), YouTube vloggers

Greg Owen, co-founder of

Jay Stewart, founder of Gendered Intelligence

Chardine Taylor-Stone, founder of 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

Karin Cook was shortlisted for her work at Lloyds

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, Barclays

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







J.P. Morgan

Manchester Airport Group

Pinsent Masons


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

Network Rail has asked a director mentoring consultancy to review the effectiveness of its board every year as it struggles with spiralling costs (PA)

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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