2017 Winners

Public Categories

Special Award – Campaigner

Dean Eastmond

In light of special circumstances, the British LGBT Awards has made the decision to recognise Dean Eastmond, outside of the normal award-giving period. Nominations for the British LGBT Awards 2018, which are currently open, have seen a number of entries across different categories for Dean, including ‘Journalist’, ‘Online Impact’ and ‘Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ Life’. However, given the nature of his illness, Dean may not be strong enough to attend the ceremony in May next year. Therefore, we’re honouring his work for the LGBT+ community with a special 2017 ‘Campaigner’ Award. You can read more about Dean and his work below or visit his site here.

Dean Eastmond is a campaigner and journalist. Aged 20, he co-founded HISKIND Magazine while undergoing intensive chemotherapy, having been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer just one year earlier. He has written for VICE, the Guardian, the Independent and many more.

Despite only being given a 20% chance of survival and receiving extensive chemotherapy, Eastmond has amplified his fight for LGBT+ rights over the last 12 months. As a writer, he has raised awareness of sexual assault, campaigned for equal fertility rights for gay men, highlighted the stigma faced by LGBT+ people with cancer, and is credited with bringing the LGBT+ community together, after they generously raised significant amounts of money towards living costs for his treatment in America.

Eastmond’s courage and positivity in the face of a devastating diagnosis has touched and inspired the thousands of people who read his work.

LGBT+ Celebrity Rising Star

Shannon Beveridge

Diva – Broadcaster or Journalist

Clare Balding

Media Moment

Rylan and Dan Clark-Neal present This Morning

adidas LGBT+ Celebrity

Lauren Jauregui

Virgin Holidays – Celebrity Ally

HRH Prince William

Huffington Post – Loud and Proud

Caitlyn Jenner

MTV – Music Artist

Years & Years

Independent – Influencer

Dustin Lance Black & Tom Daley

Natwest – Lifetime Achievement

Russell T Davies

Outstanding Contribution

Chardine Taylor Stone

Signature Living – Destination

Miami, Florida

GMB – Charity or Community Initiative

Kick It Out

Redrow – Brand or Marketing Campaign


Corporate Categories

Reed Smith – LGBT+ Inspirational Leader

Sue Baines, Barclays

Vodafone – Diversity Champion

Samantha Jayne Nelson, Marsh

Corporate Ally

David Bryan, Cheshire Constabulary

LGBT+ Corporate Rising Star

Christina Riley, Balfour Beatty

Barclays – Employer


PwC – LGBT+ Network Group

Archway, Network Rail