In alphabetical order
This category recognises an LGBT+ individual delivering content on screen or in the news. The top 10s will have an impact the public’s view of the LGBT+ community.
Comedian, broadcaster and writer Alan Carr is a true national treasure, first rising to fame in 2001 and never looking back. With sold-out arena tours, a Bafta win and two British Comedy Awards, Carr is a household name. It’s no surprise that he was named the most powerful gay person on the 2017 Pride Power List! This unapologetically and outspoken individual also delighted fans as a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.
Hunte is a senior reporter for Vice World News, where he frequently investigates LGBT+ stories. Prior to this, Hunte was the BBC’s West Africa correspondent, the broadcaster’s first openly LGBT+ news correspondent. He has a consistent track record of delivering agenda-setting journalism, with his work leading to viral reports on LGBT+ news and issues of racism within the community itself.
With over 10 years-experience as a radio host under his belt, Dean McCullough has presented for the likes of Gaydio and BBC Radio 1, where he presented a film about sobriety. In addition, Dean has also appeared on programmes for Reform Radio, UK Radio Pride and BBC Radio Manchester, interviewing the likes of Little Mix and The Spice Girls.
Editor-in-chief of British Vogue, Enninful is a fundamental part of the fashion industry and has used his platform to promote LGBT+ inclusion. In 2019, during a Pride keynote speech, he spoke of the importance of diversity and intersectionality within the British LGBT+ community, an issue which truly needs to be addressed. In addition, Enninful has been outspoken about the experiences of young gay models and the work that is still to be done in the industry to improve its support of these individuals.
Lycett is a comedian and television presenter, having appeared in shows including Live at the Apollo, Taskmaster, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats and QI. Lycett additionally presents on the Great British Sewing Bee and Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back. He frequently refers to his sexuality as part of his stand-up routines, seeking to normalise his identity, while also calling for more compassion within the community.
OWAIN WYN EVANS
A meteorologist and reporter for the One Show, Evans has made a name for himself in the community due to his online activism and patronage of the LGBT Foundation. The Welshman has been outspoken about the homophobia he has faced due to his career but fights past the hate to advocate for our community and other charitable organisations. Last year, Evans completed a 24-hour drumathon for Children in Need, which raised a whopping £3.6 million! It was the most successful 24-hour challenge in the charity’s 41-year history.
This Great British Bake Off contestant was not only the first ever vegan baker on the show but also discussed his sexuality on the BBC’s Sunday Morning Live show, focusing on his experience coming out to his South Asian parents in 2019. He has since been outspoken about his journey as a Sikh man in the LGBT+ community and how he has overcome the backlash he has received as a result of his intersectional identity.
While Clark first made a name for himself on The X Factor, nobody can deny that the presenter has shot to another level of fame. As a familiar face across British TV, Clark is an LGBT+ and mental health advocate, sharing his own journey with his audience. In fact, in 2020, he was the sole host of the British LGBT Awards, bringing some much-needed joy to us during the pandemic.
In terms of their work, there is much more to Shivani Dave than having come out at the BBC in 2020: they are a physicist and journalist who reported on science news for the Guardian, presenting their science weekly podcast in 2021. They spent the peak of the pandemic covering the impact of COVID 19 on people’s lives and businesses as well as the impacts of lockdown and isolation on LGBTQ+ people in the U.K. for the BBC. They have produced the only podcast on British LGBTQ+ history, The Log Books, which has won a number of awards with the final season having just been released.