Moët  – Top 12 Media Moments 2024

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This award recognises an act of significance for the LGBT+ community which has taken place in the media, from factual events witnessed on the news or in print, to fictional events which have taken place on stage, film, TV or radio.

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ALAN CARR + AMANDA HOLDEN – ITALIAN JOB

Amanda & Alan’s Italian Job, which premiered on the BBC in January 2023, saw the besties rolling up their sleeves to bring crumbling homes back to life. The first series saw the pair purchase a bargain home for €1 in the idyllic region of northern Tuscany and transform it from ruins into a luxury holiday house. Not only did the series delight viewers, thanks to Alan’s trademark humour, but it let Amanda further cement her status as an LGBTQ+ icon. The TV special did some good for the world, too: the stunning property they renovated sold for a whopping £188,160 thanks to their handiwork, with all the money going to charity.

BABY REINDEER – NETFLIX

Richard Gadd’s breathtaking seven- part series Baby Reindeer is already on its way to becoming one of Netflix’s most-watched series of all time. Inspired by his experiences, the comedy-drama quickly went viral and has dominated cultural conversations ever since, mostly due to the controversy surrounding the real-life sleuthing of the audience to find Richard’s stalker. The show follows Richard’s character, Donny, dealing with his female stalker, but the groundbreaking series also covers the impact of sexual abuse and explores Donny’s sexuality. Nava Mau’s performance as Teri, a trans therapist, has also won critical praise. Teri’s happy ending, still a rarity for trans characters in media, has warmed viewers’ hearts.

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BELLA IN THE LAST OF US

The first season of The Last of Us was released last year with high expectations from its waiting audience. The video game it’s based on has sold more than 20 million copies, earned widespread critical acclaim and spawned a sequel. Thankfully, the post-apocalyptic drama’s first series was a hit with fans and critics, collecting eight Primetime Emmy Awards out of 24 nominations. A large part of the show’s success, alongside its queer storylines, is down to one of its leads, Brit Bella Ramsey. In July 2023, Bella became the first non-binary actor nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards for their portrayal. The second season is set to premiere in 2025.

BIG BOYS – CHANNEL FOUR

Jack Rooke’s brilliant Bafta-nominated comedy about two teenagers – one straight, one trying to come out – who strike up an unlikely friendship when thrown together at university has been a runaway hit since premiering in 2022. It stars Dylan Llewellyn and Jon Pointing as the pair and is told from the point of view of Jack (Llewellyn) – a semi-fictionalised version of Rooke, who narrates the series – as he recovers from his father’s death and explores his sexuality for the first time. Described by critics as “one of the most funny, tender, profound sad-happy comedies”, the second series left viewers not only crying with laughter but feeling poignant emotions.

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DAVID POTTS – CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER 2024

In March, CBB viewers got it right when they crowned David Potts as their champion. During the first star- studded version of the ultimate reality TV show to air on ITV, David, who is from Manchester, was unapologetically camp and his authentic self – something that went down a treat with his famous housemates and viewers. After being left alone in the house, following his win, David said, to himself but out loud, “I feel shocked and on top of the world. I cannot believe it. I feel slay. Get me on that runway.” He then owned his exit from the house, showcasing his dancing skills and legendary long legs in his famous shorts – icon behaviour.

ELLIOT PAGE – IN CONVERSATION

The Oscar-nominated actor Elliot Page spoke to the BBC’s gender and identity correspondent Megha Mohan about his childhood, Hollywood, trans rights and his relationship with his body. “I feel more excited about acting than I have in a very, very, very long time,” Elliot, who came out as transgender in 2021, said with a smile. Recorded around the release of his autobiography Page Boy, Elliot told Megha how he’s aware that he is one of the most high-profile trans men in the world and takes this seriously. “I’m in this unique position,” he said, “and I have to use my privilege and platform to do what I can, in whatever way, to help my community.”

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THE BBC’S I KISSED A BOY + I KISSED A GIRL

Who needs Love Island to give viewers LGBTQ+ representation now that we have this? The first groundbreaking series of I Kissed A Boy made waves as the first British dating show to feature gay men exclusively. Dannii Minogue, a long-time ally of the queer community, hosted the inaugural series and Strictly star Layton Williams lent his voice as the narrator. Premiering earlier this year, the second series – I Kissed a Girl – was focused on gay and bi women looking for love and broke new ground. This time around, TikTok sensation Charley Marlowe provided the commentary and voiceover, but Dannii remained host.

JORDAN SANGHA AND HENRY SOUTHAN – BIG BROTHER 2023

Jordan and Henry’s slow-burn romance captured the nation’s hearts over the summer of 2023, and thankfully, their story has a happy ending. The duo developed a tight-knit friendship during the first series of the classic reality TV show to air on ITV, but things got rather complex with love triangles, numerous kisses and the frequent use of the term ‘platonic’. Within days of Jordan leaving the Big Brother house as a winner, the happy couple went official and now live together.

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MAX BALEGDE

Online sensation Max is TikTok royalty. He launched his account in January 2020, initially believing TikTok was just for kids, but 3.5 million followers later, the rest is history. Max, who was raised in Lancashire, had set his sights on a career in digital marketing. However, his life took an unexpected turn due to social media. Max became famous on TikTok because of his brutally honest, endearing personality and hilarious stories. He continues to produce relatable content that leaves viewers in fits of laughter, popping up on red carpets as an interviewer and rubbing shoulders with some of Hollywood’s biggest names. Max has inspired young viewers to live authentically and unapologetically.

PARIS LEES

Paris is one of the most influential figures in the conversation about trans rights in the UK. The trailblazing writer and broadcaster was the first trans woman to present on BBC Radio 1 and Channel 4. In 2018, she became the first out trans woman to appear in Vogue and became a columnist for the brand later the same year. Paris is co-founder of All About Trans, which aims to enhance how trans people are viewed in the media. In 2019, Pantene celebrated her influence by making her one of their brand ambassadors, marking her as the first trans woman in a major UK TV ad campaign. In 2021, she released her first book, What It Feels Like For a Girl, a novel based on her life as a teenager in the 2000s.

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WHITNEY AND MEGAN BACON-EVANS

Megan and Whitney claimed a victory for all same-sex couples last year thanks to their NHS fertility treatment legal challenge coming to a successful end. The married couple initiated a judicial review over the differing requirements for same-sex couples seeking fertility help. They withdrew legal action in 2023, stating the NHS would address the inequality. Aside from advocating for other queer couples, Megan and Whitney have amassed a following on social media. The couple, who endured four years of long distance between Hawaii and the UK, were the first lesbian couple to appear on Say Yes To The Dress UK and have been featured in Cosmopolitan and The Guardian.

YASMIN FINNEY DEBUTS IN DOCTOR WHO

Last November, Yasmin debuted as Rose Noble, daughter of Donna (Catherine Tate). Rose is a trans teen who has faced challenges but always finds unwavering family support. Showrunner Russell T. Davies expressed his excitement about Yasmin: “Life on Doctor Who gets brighter and wilder, how can there be another Rose? You’ll find out in 2023, but it’s an absolute joy to welcome Yasmin. We all fell in love with her in Heartstopper, one of those shows which changes the world – and now Yasmin can change the Whoniverse!” His words were prophetic as Yasmin has become a beloved figure among Whovians, as well as resonating with young trans viewers.

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