It’s only a matter of days before the 2023 British LGBT Awards kick off in London.
The highly anticipated event will honor celebrities, activists and community activists who have helped advance the fight for LGBT+ rights over the past 12 months.
Rebel Wilson, Kit Connor, Emma Corrin, Yasmin Finney, Joe Lycett and Becky Hill are among the nominees.
Hosted by TV personality Sue Perkins, the awards – sponsored by Macquarie – will bring together some of the biggest names in media and entertainment.
It will also bring together some of the biggest companies in the country for a big night celebrating LGBT+ achievements.
“The British LGBT Awards get bigger every year,” said founder Sarah Garrett MBE.
“It has truly become a must-attend event for the LGBT+ community and gives us the opportunity to celebrate the many successes and accomplishments within our community, but most importantly, this event shows young people who may be struggling with their sexuality that eing lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is not an obstacle to success.
“The British LGBT Award involves the public on a large scale, the public decides the nominees and the winners.
“It’s amazing that so many people are getting involved. Friday’s event is shaping up to be really special – Sue Perkins is returning as host and there will be some fantastic times.
“We’re really looking forward to it.”
To see the full list of nominations and vote, click here.
Ahead of Friday’s event, which is supported by Metro, here are six things to look forward to:
1. LGBT+ celebrities out in force
The organizers promise an evening filled with famous guests.
Not only does Sue Perkins host, but stars such as musician Olly Alexander, comedian Julian Clary, TV presenter Rylan Clark, UK Got Talent judge Bruno Tonioli, boxing legend Nicola Adams and music icons Holly Johnson and Andy Bell should all be present.
2. Tribute to Paul O’Grady
The untimely passing of TV royalty Paul O’Grady earlier this year sent shockwaves through the LGBT+ community and beyond.
The broadcaster and star of Lily Savage was a pioneer in the LGBT+ community.
O’Grady was known for his support of a number of charitable campaigns, including those that help people living with HIV and AIDS.
The British LGBT Awards are planning a special tribute to the man himself.
3. LGBT+ allies showing their support
The British LGBT Awards annually celebrate community allies with a special award.
Michelle Visage, Harry Styles, Alison Hammond, Emma Watson and Katherine Ryan are all up for the Celebrity Ally of the Year gong.
Celebrities such as Lorraine Kelly, Denise Welch, Roman Kemp and Shirley Ballas are also expected to attend and show their support.
4. Brand and companies will be recognized
Some of the country’s most beloved brands and companies are also up for awards for demonstrating their commitment to inclusivity and the LGBT+ community.
BOOTS, Gymshark, Virgin Atltanic and The AA are among those competing in the Brand or Marketing Campaign category.
The hotly contested award is decided by the expert jury of the British LGBT Awards, which includes distinguished names from business and the media.
5. Big winners
HRH Prince William, former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Queen of Pop Kylie Minogue, Caitlyn Jenner and Ru Paul are just some of the big winners to win a British LGBT Award in recent years.
Organizers are tight-lipped about this year’s recipients, but surprise star guests are expected to take home accolades in the evening.
6. After Party Show
There have been performances by big-name DJs and celebrities who have partied in small honors at the legendary British LGBT Awards after party over the years and it will be no different on Friday.
With the event taking place in the middle of Pride month, expect camp classics and a packed dance floor as nominees and winners celebrate their success at the “British gay Oscars”.
To learn more about the ceremony, which takes place this Friday, go to the official website.
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