British LGBT Awards: Shortlist of leading LGBT activists, allies and stars revealed (Annie nominated in LGBT+ Celebrity Rising Star category)

From The Independent – 20th February 2017

The Independent is pleased to announce the shortlist for the British LGBT Awards 2017.

The awards celebrate community activists, public figures and straight allies who work to advance the rights of LGBT communities. The Independent is the British LGBT Awards Media Partner for 2017.

Top 10 LGBT+ celebrities include Laverne Cox, a transgender activist and actress who came to prominence on Netflix series Orange Is The New Black, and Kate McKinnon, impersonator and comedian, who shot to fame on Saturday Night Live after her portrayal of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 US presidential race.

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.

British LGBT Awards founder Sarah Garrett MBE said: “The 2017 NatWest British LGBT Awards 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 when it takes place in London on 12 May.”

Top 10 media moments 

Black Mirror‘s San Junipero Episode
Broadway Musical Hamilton Delivers Message To Vice President Pence
Cyndi Lauper Rewrites Kinky Boots In Support Of Trans Rights
Gaycation, A Worldwide LGBT+ Cultural Journey, Airs On Viceland
India Willoughby Features On Loose Women Panel
News Coverage Of Worldwide Orlando Vigils
Rio Olympics Features Most LGBT+ Athletes Ever
Russell T Davies Introduces A Lesbian Kiss To The BBC’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Rylan And His Husband Dan Present This Morning On ITV
Supergirl’s Sister Alex Danvers Comes Out As A Lesbian

Adidas Top 10 LGBT+ Celebrities

Olly Alexander
Laverne Cox
Cara Delevingne
Lady Gaga
Lauren Jauregui
Dustin Lance Black
Kate McKinnon
Ellen Page
Russell Tovey

Top 10 LGBT+ Celebrity Rising Stars

Saara Aalto
Munroe Bergdorf
Shannon Beveridge
Mhairi Black MP
Dino Fetscher
Stephanie Hirst
Matt Lister
Calum Scott
George Shelley
Annie Wallace

Virgin Holidays Top 10 Celebrity Straight Allies

James Corden
Ariana Grande
Anne Hathaway
Thierry Henry
Annie Lennox
Prince William
J.K. Rowling
Patrick Stewart
Emma Watson

Signature Living Top 10 Best Destinations

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Barcelona, Spain
Miami, Florida
New York, New York
Palm Springs, California
Richmond, Virginia
San Francisco, California
Stockholm, Sweden
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Vancouver, Canada

GMB Top 10 Charities or Community Initiatives

401 Challenge/Foundation
Albert Kennedy Trust
Diversity Role Models
GIRES (Gender Identity Research and Education Society)
Happy Hippy Foundation
Kick It Out (LGBT)
R U Coming Out?
Thrive NE

Top 10 Broadcasters or Journalists 

Clare Balding
Rylan Clark-Neal
Jane Hill
Owen Jones
Rachel Maddow
Graham Norton
Paul O’Grady
Tyler Oakley
Sue Perkins
Adele Roberts

Viacom Top 10 Music Artists

Elton John
Miley Cyrus
Fifth Harmony
Kele Okereke
Katy Perry
Troye Sivan
Tegan and Sara
Years & Years

Top 10 Brands or Marketing Campaigns

Adidas Pride Pack campaign
BBC’s Christmas advert campaign
H & M
Lloyds Bank’s #HeSaidYes campaign
Netflix’s LGBT+ Programming
Virgin Holidays

Top 10 Outstanding Contributions to LGBT+ Life

Peter Bull, Above the Stag theatre
Cat Burton, trans British Airways pilot
Alex Ferguson, Herts 1125 campaigner
Fox Fisher, trans activist
Father Andrew Foreshew-Cain, LGBT+ campaigner
Jack Lewis and Ben Hunte (Our Swirl Life), YouTube vloggers
Greg Owen, co-founder of
Jay Stewart, founder of Gendered Intelligence
Chardine Taylor-Stone, founder of Stop Rainbow Racism
Jen Yockney MBE, bisexual campaigner

Top 10 LGBT+ Corporate Rising Stars

David Bufton, Linklaters LLP
Rafael Campos Valdez, TSB
Carl Clarke, Vodafone
Gary Coetzee, Lendlease Group
Craig Dillon, Sky
Becki Gibson, ASDA
Esther McDermott, Dentons
Christina Riley, Balfour Beatty
Nina Smith, Channel 4
Warrant Officer Class 2 Karen Styles, Army

Top 10 Corporate Straight Allies

Simon Allcock, Riverside
Tamara Box, Reed Smith
Louise Bradley, Oliver Wyman
David Bryan, Cheshire Police
Karin Cook, Lloyds Banking
Martin Egan, BNP Paribas
Jan-Coos Geesink, Thomson Reuters
Benny Higgins, Tesco Bank
Diana Holland OBE, Unite the Union
Mike Roemer, Barclays

Societe Generale Top 10 Diversity Champions

Catherine Hennigan, Goldman Sachs
Vinay Kapoor, BNP Paribas
Angela Kay, Bupa
Miles Lanham, Genesis Housing Association
Samantha Jayne Nelson, Marsh UK
David Pearson, KPMG
Daisy Reeves, B.L.P. Law
Isobel Sheldon, Johnson Matthey Battery Systems
Chris Wood, Royal Navy
Martin York, Fujitsu

Barclays Top 10 Employers or Companies 

J.P. Morgan
Manchester Airport Group
Pinsent Masons

Reed Smith Top 10 LGBT+ Inspirational Leaders

Jo Rzymowska, Celebrity Cruises UK
Rob Davey, Clarivate Analytics
Nick Crofts, Co-op Group
Pips Bunce, Credit Suisse
Sue Baines, Barclays
Ken Janssens, J.P. Morgan
Jude Satchell-Foley, Atos
Misa von Tunzelman, JLL
Jonathan McClelland, M&G Investments
Daniel Gerring, Travers Smith

Top 10 LGBT+ Network Groups

Archway the LGBT network, Network Rail
Celebrate LGBT, Action for Children
Walt Disney Company LGBT+ Network, The Walt Disney Company Limited
Pride UKI, Cisco
ITV Pride, ITV
Égalité UK, Publicis Groupe
Unity – EY’s LGBTA Network, EY
Norton Rose Fulbright Pride network, Norton Rose Fulbright
RoyaLGBT & Friends, King Digital Entertainment
RBS Rainbow Network, RBS

Voting for the award winners in each category is taking place on the British LGBT Awards’ website. The winners will be announced on 12 May at an awards ceremony in London.