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The British LGBT Awards has released its shortlist ahead of the annual ceremony later this year, with business leaders, firms, celebrities and footballers up for top honours.

The awards, in association with founding partner NatWest and headline sponsor Tesco, celebrate leading LGBT+ activists, allies and celebrity figures who have worked to advance the rights of LGBT+ people during the past year.

Global corporations like Vodafone, Moody’s and HSBC are in the running for accolades alongside big name celebrities including Harry Styles, Sam Smith and RuPaul.

Liverpool FC captain Jordan Henderson and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp have been shortlisted in the newly created ‘Football Ally’ category for their work in promoting LGBT+ inclusivity in sport.

Liverpool-based law firm BLM is also shortlisted with big brands including Starbucks, Cadbury and Marks & Spencer.

The awards will take place on August 27.

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The shortlist also sees award nominations for Killing Eve actress Jodie Comer, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK’s Michelle Visage, comedian Jennifer Saunders, TV presenter Dermot O’Leary and Spice Girl Melanie C, who are all nominated for the Celebrity Ally Award – a prize previously won by HRH Prince William in 2017.

Channel 4’s drama It’s a Sin has been shortlisted for the Media Moment prize.

UK Black Pride, It Gets better and The Outside Project are some of the charities in the running for awards.

Sarah Garrett, MBE, who is the British LGBT Awards founder, said: “These awards shine a light on those who have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the LGBT+ community, during what has been an extremely challenging 12 months.

The nominees, which include an exciting mix of famous LGBT+ faces, allies and organisations have all demonstrated a commitment to advancing LGBT+ rights. The awards on 27 August, which will take place after lockdown restrictions are eased, will be a huge celebration that’s needed more than ever.”

Jen Tippin, chief transformation officer at British LGBT Awards partners, NatWest, said: “2021 has been a year of change but also hope for the future, and during that time we have seen the LGBT+ community come together more than ever. NatWest has had a long and proud history of supporting the British LGBT awards since becoming a founding partner and we are privileged to do so again this year.

NatWest’s Jen Tippin

“We look forward to recognising and celebrating together the wonderful business and community leaders, charities and organisations that are working so hard to provide a more equal future for all at the ceremony on 27 August.”

The full 2021 British LGBT Awards shortlist:

Inspirational leader

Alex Kalomparis, Gilead

Jonathan Taylor, BNP Paribas

Josh Graff, LinkedIn

Julia Atwater, Atos

Lucy Bradbury, AECOM

Lucy McKillop, Clear Channel

Nicci Take, Mercer

Paul Donovan, UBS

Richard Moor, National Grid

Stephen Jacques, Key Assets Group (Europe)

HSBC UK – Business ally

Alan Haywood, BP

Brian McNamara, GSK

Cait O’Riordan, FT

Carol Lukaszewicz, M & G

Emma Smith, Vodafone

John Soutar, HomeServe

Jonathan Howe, PwC

Philipp Lohan, Nielsen

Sharon Hague, Pearson

Tia Ferguson, NatWest

Diversity Hero

Anthony Dunn, Johnson and Johnson

Chris Wilkinson, Homes England

Clare Coates, Barclays

Deon Pillay, LGIM

Filipe Mota da Silva, Tata Consultancy Services

Lisa Pinney MBE, Coal Authority

Lynne Nicholls, Clarion Housing

Scarlet-Marie Morgan, Allianz

Scott Sallee, Dentsu International

Stephen Nutt, NSPCC

Macquarie – Future Leader

Adam Shooman, State Street

Afonso Varatojo Januário, Schroders

Elliot Briery, Oliver Wyman

Harry Levey, Network Rail

Jennifer Spilling, Moody’s

Jung Wei Toh, HSBC UK

Justin Farrance, Allen & Overy

Noémie Lefort, Warner Music Group

Tyler Lee, Unilever

Victoria Jackson, BLM Law

Exceptional Inclusion

Chris Kenna, Brand Advance

Claire Brody, Disney

Georgina Court, Clifford Chance

Greg Turner-Smart, Rolls-Royce

Guilherme Zardo Klein, Philip Morris agency

Gurchaten Sandhu, United Nation’s International Labour Organization

Jessica Williams, Mace

Louise Bailey, SSE

Nigel Moralee, Sage (Accounting software)

Sarah Fennell, Macquarie

Network Group (ERG)

Emerge, ViacomCBS’ LHBT+ Employee Resource Group, Viacom

Jacobs – Prism Network, Jacobs

Just Eat Takeaway LGBT+ Network, Just Eat

LGBT+@Sky, Sky

LGBTQ+ at Tesco, Tesco

London Stock Exchange Proud Network, LSEG

Pride@Airbus, Airbus

Proud@Shell, Shell


TalkPride, Talk Talk

Tesco – Inclusive Employer or Company

Avanti West Coast










Online Influencer

Abigail Thorn

Adam Eli

Char Ellesse

Ericka Hart

Florence Given

Jessica Kellgren-Fozard

Kate Moross

Marie Ulven Ringheim

Phil Lester

Yves Mathieu


Adam Lambert

Andrew Scott

Cara Delevingne

Demi Lovato

Elliot Page

Gillian Anderson

Jameela Jamil


Tan France

Willow Smith

MTV – Music Artist


Harry Styles

Jojo Siwa

Kim Petras

Lil Nas X


The 1975


Rina Sawayama

Sam Smith

Celebrity Ally

Charli XCX

Dermot O’Leary

Eugene Levy

George Clooney

Jane Fonda

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Saunders

Jodie Comer

Melanie C

Michelle Visage

Broadcaster, Journalist or Host

Dr Ranj Singh

Edward Enninful

Jamie Windust

Joe Lycett

Phillip Schofield

Rose & Rosie

Steph McGovern

Suzi Ruffell

Tom Allen

Tom Read Wilson

Media Moment

BBC America’s Killing Eve

CBBC’s The Next Step

Christmas romance Happiest Season

Mae Martin’s Feel Good

Netflix’s Haunting Of Bly Manor

Nicola & Katya on Strictly Come Dancing

RuPaul’s Drag Race features first trans Queen, Gottmik

Russell T Davies’ It’s a Sin

Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood

Schitt’s Creek finale

Swinton Group – Football Ally

Conor Coady

Danny Welbeck

Gary Cahill

Gary Lineker

Graeme Souness

Hector Bellerin

Jamie Vardy

Jordan Henderson

Jurgen Klopp

Richarlison de Andrade

Network Rail – Brand or Marketing Campaign


Cadbury’s Creme Egg

Calvin Klein


Fairy Liquid LGBT+ rebrand

GSK Consumer Healthcare (Sensodyne, Voltarol)

Marks and Spencer LGBT sandwich

Starbucks’ Name Advert

Unilever (Lynx, Vaseline, Simple, Close Up)

Wagamamas gender neutral toilets

Johnson & Johnson – Charity or Community Initiative

Ban Conversion Therapy

Drag Queen Story Hour UK

Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest

Inclusive Mosque

It Gets Better

Just Like Us

Mindline Trans

Opening Doors London

The Outside Project

UK Black Pride

Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ Life

DJ Ritu

Dr S Chelvan

Helen Jones


Jim MacSweeney

Leni Morris

Lou Englefield

Matthew Mahmood Ogston

Paul Martin OBE

Reverend Jide Macaulay

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