The official shortlist for the British LGBT Awards 2017 has been announced. The awards celebrate community activists, public figures and straight allies who work to advance the rights of LGBT communities.
Top 10 LGBT+ Celebrities include Laverne Cox, a transgender activist and actress who came to prominence on Netflix series Orange Is The New Black, singer Olly Alexander and drag superstar RuPaul.
Top 10 Media Moments include the inclusion of a lesbian kiss in the BBC’s broadcast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as the moment the cast of Broadway Musical Hamilton took to the stage to address Vice President Mike Pence in the audience and implore him to respect minority rights.
Other well-known faces to be nominated as allies were music icon Annie Lennox, author JK Rowling and Prince William, who drew attention to LGBT+ bullying as he covered Attitude magazine last year.
British LGBT Awards founder Sarah Garrett MBE said: “The 2017 shortlist features inspirational people who have and continue to use their platform to promote and enhance LGBT rights all over the world. All nominees are absolutely deserving of their place on the shortlist but it is now down to the public to choose their winners ahead of the ceremony which is set to be the biggest yet.”
This years awards ceremony will take place on May 12th. Check out the full list of nominations here.
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