In alphabetical order
This important award recognises and thanks those outside the LGBT+ community who support the challenges around equality and inclusion.
English actor, Daniel Radcliffe, rose to fame as the lead character in the Harry Potter film series, before starring in acclaimed theatre productions. Daniel is outspoken about gay rights in the media, in the film, Kill Your Darlings, Daniel stars in a gay sex scene and has devoted many hours as a spokesperson for The Trevor Project, which provides intervention and suicide-prevention services to LGBT youth. He said: “Gay people should have equality in law everywhere.”
Danny Dyer is a 37-year-old English actor, who currently stars as Mick Carter in British TV soap, EastEnders as the on screen dad of gay character, Johnny. Danny has starred in film, stage and television productions since 1993, when he made his acting debut in Prime Suspect, aged 16. He played several gay characters in his early career. He told the Independent, “Actually it did me a lot of favours, especially with gay people, who assumed I was homophobic. They read the interview and saw that clearly I wasn’t.”
Katie Price is a television personality, author and glamour model. Katie has been outspoken in the media about gay rights, “When you look back, how absurd was it that people’s love had been divided by law for so long? This new ruling is a landmark moment, as only a decade or so ago, there was a law banning the “promotion” of homosexuality”. She has a well-documented friendship with gay make-up artist Gary Cockerill and his partner, Phill Turner, and has even offered to be a surrogate mother if they ever wished to have a baby.
Lorraine Kelly, is a Scottish television presenter, journalist and actress. She is best-known for her work as a morning television presenter on programmes such as Good Morning Britain, Daybreak and the self-titled, Lorraine. In 2012. Lorraine is popular with gay viewers and has championed gay equality issues on her ITV show, Lorraine, working closely with the Equality Network’s ‘It’s Time’ campaign. She said, “I think equality, generally, is really, really important, and this is part of that. We’re all equal, we’re all the same, and we all should be treated exactly the same.”
Louis Smith, 25, is an artistic gymnast and member of the British gymnastic team, who specialises in the pommel horse. He received a bronze medal and a silver medal on the pommel horse at both the 2008 Olympics and the 2012 Olympics. His win at the 2008 Olympics were the first time a British gymnast had placed in an Olympic event since 1908. In 2012, he won the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing competition. Louis has graced the covers of several gay magazines and has previously said that he’d “go gay” for Will Smith.
Melanie C won the hearts of Britain’s gay community as a member of the Spice Girls. The Liverpool-born singer has been a regular performer at London’s G-A-Y club, while her dance anthems are played in gay clubs around the world. The musician will be forever known to a generation as ‘Sporty Spice’ and, over the years, Melanie, who was a member of the biggest girl group of all time, has spoken of her fondness of her ‘loyal’ gay fans saying they, “would fight her corner regardless.” She has been a vocal supporter of LGBT rights.
Nigella Lawson is an English journalist, broadcaster, television personality, and food writer. She has published several best-selling recipe books, has hosted several cooking show series’ and a daytime chat show. Nigella is a supporter of gay rights charity Terrence Higgins Trust, and has joked that she considers herself to be a gay man in a woman’s body, and told lesbian magazine DIVA that all women have it in them to fall in love with someone of the same
Thirty-seven-year-old Russell Brand is an English comedian, actor, radio host, author, and activist. He originally found fame as an outspoken personality on MTV, Big Brother’s Little Brother and BBC Radio’s The Russell Brand Show. He has become known as an activist and campaigner, and hosts his own YouTube series, The Trews: True News with Russell Brand. In 2012, he was chosen by the Dalai Lama to host the Buddhist leader’s Youth Conference in Manchester. He regularly defends gay rights on his YouTube show and in the media.