LGBT+ Celebrity Rising Star 2016

In alphabetical order

This category recognises LGBT+ ceebrities who have come outin the face of adversity or who support the LGBT+ community in a positive way.

David Morgan

David Morgan is an English stand-up comedian and television presenter. He rose to fame as a presenter of ITV’s spin-off show, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here NOW! and was previously a team leader on ITV2’s Safeword. David is openly gay and has performed three solo shows at the internationally acclaimed comedy festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Hannah Hart

​Hannah Hart is a 29-year-old American internet personality, author and comedian. Hannah rose to fame through her video blogs on her YouTube channel MyHarto and is best-known for her series called My Drunk Kitchen, where she invites people to her kitchen to cook while drunk. She has over 2.4 million subscribers and, in 2012, came out as gay over several videos. In 2014, she presented the GLAAD Gala in San Francisco with Tyler Oakley. In 2015, she was included on the Out100 list.

Jake Graf

Jake Graf is an English actor, writer and filmmaker. He began his rise to prominence by producing short films about homophobia and transphobia, such as Brace and Chance, and the web series Spectrum East, which were met with worldwide critical acclaim. As a rising star in cinema, Jake even had a small part in The Danish Girl as an extra called Henri. Jake has been the first transgender man to feature of the front of several magazines, including QX and VanityHype.

Olly Alexander

Olly Alexander is a 25-year-old singer/songwriter and frontman of the pop band, Years & Years. In 2015, the band’s Debut album Communion entered the UK Albums Chart at No.1. Olly came out as gay to his family when he was 20 and has always been open about his sexuality in the media. In 2015, he joined Stonewall’s anti-bullying campaign #NOBYSTANDERS, having been bullied at primary school and high school himself. He has said that he finds it “sad” that there aren’t more gay popstars using a male pronoun in their music.

Philip and Tony Armstrong

Philip and Tony Armstrong are the designers behind growing fashion label Philip Armstrong and most recently featured alongside Gok Wan on the new ITV series Off The Rails. The pair met while studying fashion design and their joint passion for fashion and design proved to be a formidable combination. After five years experience in the industry, Philip and Tony collaborated on their first collection. Their unique style, with a focus on cut and detail, was well received and the Philip Armstrong label received high acclaim from the fashion press. The duo may be fashion high society, with a host of A-list celebrities wearing their designs, but they’re also renowned for their charitable efforts, including their annual Christmas fundraising luncheon – at which they support various LGBT charities.

Rebecca Root

Rebecca Root is a 46-year-old British actor and stand-up comedian. She is best known for her leading role in BBC2 sitcom, Boy Meets Girl, where she plays trans character, Judy. She also played a small part as a cisgender nurse in the award-winning film, The Danish Girl. She is one of the few openly trans actresses in mainstream television and was rated 18th in the Independent’s Rainbow List 2014. In 2015, she won an Attitude Award. Rebecca is a mentor for trans youth via the Gender Intelligence mentoring scheme – a community interest company that runs arts programmes, creative workshops, mentoring, and youth group sessions for trans youths across the UK.

 Rose Ellen Dix and Rosie Spaughton

Married couple, 27-year-old Rose Ellen Dix and 25-year-old Rosie Spaughton, better known as Rose & Rosie, are British video bloggers who rose to fame through their YouTube channels, RoseEllenDix and TheRoxetera. They have a combined following of just under 700,000 subscribers. They are openly gay and regularly blog about sexuality and their relationship. They currently feature on BBC Radio 1’s Internet Takeover and have worked with American retailer, Macy’s, hosting events across the United States.(granddaughter of author, Roald Dahl).

Seann Miley Moore

Twenty-five-year-old Seann Miley Moore is a singer/songwriter who was born in Indonesia to a Filipino mother and English father. He is most famous for appearing on the 2015 series of The X Factor, where he was in the live shows with the top seven acts from the auditions. He identifies as GenderQueer and has been outspoken about his sexuality in the press. He regularly defies gender norms in fashion and has said: “It’s very important to express yourself through fashion, music… through, I don’t know, just screaming at the top of your lungs. If it makes you feel happy and great, then do it.”