SHOOT : PinkNews Awards & Dinner at the Institute of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street
The PinkNews Awards celebrate the contributions of politicians, businesses and community groups towards what has been another historic year for LGBT equality in the UK and around the world.
Guests attended the event at Speaker’s House in Parliament and One Great George Street, where a number of high-profile figures received awards.
The awards were voted on by PinkNews readers as well as a panel comprised of former winners, MPs and influential LGBT activists.
The winners were:
PinkNews Ally of the Year
Winner: David Cameron
Mr Cameron, who left office following the EU referendum earlier this year, was honoured at the PinkNews Awards this evening in recognition of his work to transform both the Conservative Party and the country on LGBT rights.
The ex-leader, who stood down as an MP following his departure from office, cited securing equal marriage as one of his proudest achievements in government.
Accepting his award he said: “When you’re Prime Minister there are lots of things that you want to change – some go right, some go wrong, some are instantly forgotten. But I know with this, with equal marriage, it is something that has already made a huge difference to people’s lives and will go on doing so in the future.”
Member of the Year
Joint winners: Kezia Dugdale MSP and Mike Freer MP
Peer of the Year
Winner: Lord Black of Brentwood
Community Group of the Year
Winner: Mermaids UK
Advertising Campaign of the Year
Winner: #NoFilter (Pride in London)
Corporate Equality Award
Winner: Lloyds Banking Group
Public Sector Equality Award
Winner:The British Army
Winner: Good Morning Britain and The Victoria Derbyshire Show
Winner: Tom Bosworth, on behalf of LGBT Olympians and Paralympians
The cast of EastEnders were recognised with a special award, in honour of the programme’s decades of covering LGBT issues.
From the pioneering gay kiss between two male characters in 1987, to the long-running gay interracial romance between Syed and Christian, to the soap’s first ever transgender cast member last year, EastEnders has long been at the forefront of LGBT diversity.