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.
“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:
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
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
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
LGBTQ+ at Tesco, Tesco
London Stock Exchange Proud Network, LSEG
SEGA LGBTQ+ Network, SEGA
TalkPride, Talk Talk
Tesco – Inclusive Employer or Company
Avanti West Coast
Marie Ulven Ringheim
MTV – Music Artist
Lil Nas X
Broadcaster, Journalist or Host
Dr Ranj Singh
Rose & Rosie
Tom Read Wilson
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
Richarlison de Andrade
Network Rail – Brand or Marketing Campaign
Cadbury’s Creme Egg
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
It Gets Better
Just Like Us
Opening Doors London
The Outside Project
UK Black Pride
Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ Life
Dr S Chelvan
Matthew Mahmood Ogston
Paul Martin OBE
Reverend Jide Macaulay
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