22nd September


Make your nomination for the most deserving individual, campaign or company in each category.

7th December

nominations close!

Get your nomination in before this date.

14th December

Corporate nominations close!

Get your nomination in before this date.

5th February

Top 10 in each category announced!

Public voting begins on the top 10 in each category. Corporate winners are decided by a panel of judges in April.


Public voting close!

Make sure you vote before this date.

17th May

Winners announced at the Awards Ceremony, Marriot Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London.

Award process

Nominations are open on all categories from 22nd September 2017. The Top 10 list for each category will be compiled from the highest number of nominations for public categories and by the judges for corporate categories.

The Top 10s will be announced on 26th January 2018 by our media partners The Metro newspaper and the Huffington Post and will also be announced here online.

The consumer and celebrity Top 10s are then voted for by the public, whilst the corporate categories are decided by our panel of independent expert judges.

Consumer and celebrity award categories

LGBT+ Celebrity Rising Star

We are looking for an LGBT+ celebrity who this year has used their status to become a significant role model to other LGBT+ people. The individual will be ‘one to watch.’
Past winners: Kieron Richardson, Andrew Hayden-Smith, Rose & Rosie

Celebrity straight ally

We are looking for a celebrity who has used their fame to impact LGBT+ lives. Who has demonstrated support for the LGBT+ community in some way or is a strong role model for LGBT+ people. This important award recognises and thanks those outside the LGBT+ community who support the challenges around equality and inclusion.
Past winners: Joey Barton, Daniel Radcliff, Danny Dyer, Brian May

LGBT+ Celebrity

We are looking for an LGBT+ celebrity who has proven to be a positive role model for others, who have come out against adversity or who supports the LGBT+ community in a positive way.
Past winners: Clare Balding, Stephen Fry, Alan Carr, Graham Norton

LGBT+ Broadcaster, presenter or journalist

We are looking for an LGBT+ individual who has made an outstanding contribution to delivering subject matter, news and content. The nominees will have an influence on public views of the LGBT community through media such as online, television or publishing.
Past winners: Jane Hill, Graham Norton, Evan Davis


We are looking for the most popular travel destination for LGBT+ people. Nominations should include hotspots that welcome the British LGBT+ public and are known to be LGBT+ friendly.
Past winners: Los Angeles, Stockholm

Charity or community initiative

We are looking for a charity or community initiative that has changed and continues to change the lives of LGBT+ people. The organisation’s campaigns will have had a strong focus on the needs of LGBT+ people or raise LGBT+ awareness to wider society.
Past winners: Stonewall, NSPCC’s The Safe Network, LGBT Foundation

Brand / Marketing campaign

We are looking for a brand that works tirelessly and successfully to promote themselves within the LGBT+ community in Britain. Nominations should be made based on brands that have promoted to or popular with the LGBT+ demographic.
Past winners: MTV, Marriot Hotels, Channel 4

Media moment

We are looking for an act of significance for the LGBT+ community which has taken place in the media, from factual events witnessed on the news or in print, to fictional events which have taken place on stage, film, TV or radio.
Past winner: Boy meets Girl (BBC2)

Corporate award categories

LGBT+ Corporate rising star

We are looking for an LGBT+ individual, who has shown an impact on their company. They must be able to show examples of how they have aided change within their organisation and beyond.
Past winners: Amir Kabel (Vodafone), Mark McBride-Wright (InterEngineering)


Corporate straight ally

We are looking for straight allies who have not only supported LGBT+ initiatives within their company but have actively affected or initiated change.
Past winners: Anne Marie Hutchinson OBE (Dawson Cornwell), Kurt Hess (Barclays), SQ LDR Sarah Maskell (RAF), GEN James Everard (Army)


LGBT+ Network group

We are looking for new and established network groups, that can demonstrate that they are active, innovative and supportive of their LGBT+ staff, and can show a proven track record for implementing inclusion.
Past winners: Lloyds Banking Group, American Express, OUT at Tesco, Society Generale


Diversity champion

We are looking for an LGBT+ individual who has initiated positive change within their company throughout all areas of diversity and particularly LGBT+ initiatives. Those shortlisted should demonstrate they have had a large influence on their workplace and beyond.
Past winners: Liz Bingham (EY), Colin Campbell-Austin (Telegraph), Robert Kerse (Circle), Jacqui Gavin (Civil Service)


LGBT+ Inspirational leader

We are looking for LGBT+ business leaders who have been inspirational to others and are proven to be a positive role model in their organisation and beyond. This may be through their work, values or being vocal about being LGBT+ despite adversity.
Past winners: Ali Berryman (Barclaycard), Ayla Holdem (Met Police)


Employer / Company

We are looking for an employer who takes pride in every member of their staff and provides an environment where people can come to work and be themselves.
Past winner: ASDA


Shortlist criteria for corporate nominations

Companies and individuals who have been listed in the Top 10 will be asked to send an outline submission. The independent judging panel will select the winners of the corporate categories.

Submission from the Top 10s is sent to judges beforehand and point scored. For transparency, all judges’ scores are shared but held confidentially between the judging committee. The final winners will be chosen from a list of Top 10s on a mutually agreed date during April 2018, where all judges are asked to dial in or attend, the winners are agreed between the judges on that day, and all decisions are final.

The judging panel is excluded from judging any categories which have members of their company or their company shortlisted. An average score from the remaining judges will be allocated instead.

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