ABOUT THE AWARDS

OUR MISSION STATEMENT  

The mission of The British LGBT Awards is to celebrate and champion the diverse achievements and contributions of the LGBTQ+ community, while fostering greater understanding and inclusion through our annual awards event. We aim to inspire positive change by recognising those who advocate for equality and by partnering with organisations committed to authentic allyship. Through our events and initiatives, we strive to do our part to help create a more inclusive society where LGBTQ+ individuals are empowered, respected, and valued.  

 

Values  

Values of The British LGBT Awards 

  1. Inclusivity: We embrace and celebrate the diversity within the LGBTQ+ community, ensuring that all voices are heard and represented.  
  2. Respect: We honour the history and experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals, acknowledging their struggles and triumphs with dignity. We understand everyone is on a journey and so do not judge on past actions, but on current ones.  
  3. Authenticity: We commit to genuine allyship and collaboration, working with partners who share our dedication to real and meaningful support for the LGBTQ+ community.  
  4. Empowerment: We strive to uplift and empower LGBTQ+ individuals by recognising their achievements and contributions, providing them with platforms to shine.  
  5. Advocacy: We passionately promote equality and inclusion, advocating for systemic changes that benefit both the LGBTQ+ community and society at large. By actively listening to the concerns of our community and clients, we strive to identify and implement meaningful, practical solutions.  
  6. Education: We promote understanding and awareness of LGBTQ+ issues, using our platform to educate and challenge misconceptions and inequality.  
  7. Celebration: We celebrate the vibrant culture and identity of the LGBTQ+ community, fostering a sense of pride and belonging at our annual awards event.  
  8. Integrity: We maintain the highest standards of ethics and integrity in all our actions, ensuring our initiatives are impactful and trustworthy.  
  9. Collaboration: We believe in the power of working together, building strong partnerships with organisations that align with our mission and values which can provide much more impact and progress than exclusion. We listen, we learn and we engage through collaboration.  
  10. Innovation: We seek innovative approaches to promote inclusion and address the evolving needs of the LGBTQ+ community.  

 

Our Partnerships & Nominees 

The British LGBT Awards collaborates with sponsors and partners whose core values align with our mission. Many of our sponsors also participate in our other Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives such as the Investing in Ethnicity program, highlighting the awareness and commitment to intersectionality in supporting the LGBTQ+ community. We work with organisations at various stages of their inclusivity journey, helping them take actionable steps toward progress. We are aware that we can only do so much, but we are proud to do our bit to ensure change is in the right direction.  

We view feedback as a valuable tool for growth and encourage active dialogue to address concerns. By engaging in open conversations, we support organisations in their efforts to enhance LGBTQ+ inclusion and ensure that our partnerships are built on a foundation of shared values and commitment to change. If you have any concerns or questions, we welcome your input to foster meaningful communication and progress. 

The British LGBT Awards was conceived in 2014 to spotlight role models and organisations dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ people. The inaugural event took place in 2015. 

The British LGBT Awards was conceived in 2014 to spotlight role models and organisations dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ people. The inaugural event took place in 2015. 

 

Founder’s PerspectiveSarah Garrett, Founder

With over 20 years in LGBT+ media and events, I am proud of founding these awards. Our focus is on maintaining integrity, credibility, and a rigorous judging process to further equality and improve LGBTQ+ lives. Not only do we run this annual awards event, but we also work with these and many other organisations year-round through our campaigns and other initiatives including Investing in Ethnicity. 

 

Initiatives and Recognition 

We’ve launched impactful initiatives over the years including launching LBTQWomen in 2017 and the LGBT<25 survey in 2019. The awards have honoured notable figures including Stephen Fry, Caitlyn Jenner, Tom Daley, and allies including Prince William, Kylie, and Daniel Radcliffe. 

Judging Process 

Business nominations are received directly from organisations, and category winners are chosen by an independent expert panel who review evidence submitted by each shortlisted nominee. Public category winners are determined by nominations from the general public. 

 

Reach and Impact 

The Top 12 shortlist is released in February for the business categories, with significant international press coverage amplifying the organisations and individuals working hard to implement positive change. The awards ceremony itself is attended by organisations, individuals and celebrities and receives press coverage from the red carpet, behind the scenes interviews and vast social media coverage. In the past we’ve live-streamed to over half a million people. In 2024 we plan to release bitesize videos, which reflects the preferred way to consume short video content. 

Gratitude and Future Commitment 

I’m grateful for the support from our partners, sponsors and judges past and present, and the dedication of our team members. We remain committed to advancing LGBTQ+ advocacy, especially during challenging times – which sadly seem to be increasingly challenging at present. 

 

Ownership 

The British LGBT Awards is owned and run by SPM Group Ltd. Please disregard any claims or correspondence from third parties. 

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