PUBLIC CATEGORIES 2024

POSTHUMOUS

WINNER

Robin Windsor

Strictly Come Dancing favourite Robin Windsor passed away in February 2024, as a host of celebrities released tributes to the much-loved, incredibly talented 44-year-old. Robin, who was a passionate advocate for mental health and worked closely with the Sane Charity, was called “kind and incredibly generous” by Dragons’ Den investor Deborah Meaden, while his Strictly partner Lisa Riley said: “Our forever Angel, who is loved, will always be loved [and is] forever in my heart.” Robin, who also danced alongside Patsy Kensit, Anita Dobson, and Susanna Reid, appeared in pantomime, delivered motivational speeches about mental health, and was a Patron for the National Association of Teachers of Dance. He was a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and spoke passionately and publicly about his experiences in coming out, inspiring others both personally and professionally.

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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

WINNER

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Marc Almond

Marc has sold a staggering 38 million records globally and is considered an icon and inspiration. The Southport- born singer was half of synth-pop/ new wave duo Soft Cell, celebrated for his unique and soulful voice and androgynous image. They marked their 40th anniversary in 2018 with a special anthology release and a sell-out at The O2 in London. Marc has penned two best-selling autobiographies, Tainted Life and In Search of The Pleasure Palace, and three poetry collections: The Angel of Death in the Adonis Lounge, A Beautiful Twisted Night and The End of New York. He has an OBE for his contributions to arts and culture.

BROADCASTER, JOURNALIST OR HOST

WINNER

BRUNO TONIOLI

Bruno is an award-winning television personality, choreographer and dancer. He is best known to TV audiences for judging Strictly Come Dancing until 2019 and joining the Britain’s Got Talent panel in 2023. He has also appeared on the American version, Dancing with the Stars. While in the music business, Bruno, who was born in northern Italy, worked on complex choreography for legends such as The Rolling Stones, Freddie Mercury, Tina Turner and Sting. In 1985, he made a stylish cameo in the Bowie-starring musical Absolute Beginners. The British-Italian star had showed off his dancing skills in Sir Elton John’s I’m Still Standing music video two years earlier.

NATIONAL GRID

LGBT+ CELEBRITY

WINNER

RYLAN CLARK

From X Factor contestant to national treasure, past British LGBT Award winner Rylan has had quite the journey. As he solidifies his position as one of the nation’s most cherished TV presenters, Rylan has recently taken on a new, inspiring challenge – a mission to eradicate homophobia from football. The acclaimed documentary Rylan: Homophobia, Football and Me, released in February to mark LGBTQ+ History Month, saw the West Ham fan examine the place of homosexuality within the beautiful game and sparked many meaningful conversations within the sports industry. Most recently, he co-presented Rob and Rylan’s Grand Tour with Rob Rinder for the BBC.

MORNINGSTAR

CELEBRITY ALLY

WINNER

DAVID TENNANT

David is one of the LGBTQ+ community’s most fierce allies and supporters. The Doctor Who legend has never been shy about speaking out for marginalised communities, with the Bafta nominee mainly focusing his attention on standing with those who identify as trans and non-binary in recent years. David often does red-carpet interviews while wearing pins associated with the community, with one particular Doctor Who-themed Tardis badge, designed in the colours of the trans Pride flag, helping to raise thousands of pounds for charities.

MOET

MEDIA MOMENT

WINNER

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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.

METRO

LGBT+ ADVOCATE AWARD

WINNER

Scott Mills

Scott Mills, a renowned British radio DJ, television presenter, and occasional actor, has been a prominent figure in the UK’s entertainment industry for over two decades. Best known for his work on BBC Radio 1, Scott has captivated audiences with his infectious personality, quick wit, and engaging broadcasting style since 1998.

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MUSIC ARTIST

WINNER

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CAT BURNS

Cat Burns has been on a roll since becoming the top-selling British female artist of 2022 and dominating TikTok with her 2020 single Go. Her eagerly anticipated debut album is set to be released later this year. She’s bagged several accolades, including three Brit nominations, and received a nomination for the Rising Star Award at this year’s Ivor Novello Awards. Cat wowed audiences with her performance at the Brits and has made further appearances on Later… with Jools Holland, The Graham Norton Show, Sunday Brunch and The Voice Kids. She has also played to massive festival crowds at Glastonbury, Glasgow’s TRNSMT, the Governors Ball in NYC and Radio 1’s Big Weekend.

ONLINE INFLUENCER

WINNER

CHARLIE CRAGGS

The transgender campaigner has made great strides in confronting wrongdoing by calling it out in her own, and sometimes very funny, way. Through what she calls “gentle activism” and campaigns such as Don’t Use Me, which was created to confront transphobia and answer questions about trans issues while giving free manicures in public spaces such as the V&A Museum, she isn’t scared of getting things done in her unique way. Her social media feed has gained much acclaim for its mixture of hilarious rants and serious storytelling. The multi-talented influencer also presented the BBC’s Transitioning Teens and has even penned a book, To My Trans Sisters.

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ARCADIS

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO LGBT+ LIFE

WINNER

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SUE SANDERS

Professor Emeritus Sue Sanders of the Harvey Milk Institute is an “out and proud” lesbian. She is CEO of Schools OUT, an education charity founded in 1974 whose aim is to #educateOUTprejudice, making schools safe and inclusive for everyone. As co-chair with Paul Patrick, founded LGBT+ History Month, celebrated every February across the UK. This opened a world of queer history to schools, educational settings, and the wider community. Sue has spread the concept of LGBT+ History Month internationally helping organisations form LGBT+ History Months in Europe.

Schools OUT provides free lesson plans for teachers that ‘Usualise’ the lives of LGBT+ people in their full diversity. Sue coined the term ‘Usualise’ to use instead of normalise. She came up with the idea of creating a website called ‘The Classroom’ where these lesson plans and resources could be downloaded for free, and the concept of Usualising could be shared. The Schools OUT team developed the resources and launched the website in 2007.

She has worked with the Criminal Justice System extensively as a member of several independent advisory groups and she helped set up the first LGBT+ Independent advisory group to the MET. In addition, she delivered extensive training to the police and CPS after the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry.

Sue appears in Who’s Who, and has won many awards for her work in the UK and abroad including most recently a Golden Tupalik award from the International Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network, The Diva Power List and the NEU lifetime achievement award.

SPORTS PERSONALITY

WINNER

LIANNE SANDERSON

Serial winner Lianne won 50 caps for England and played in the WSL for Arsenal and Chelsea before moving to America. There, she enjoyed a lengthy career on the pitch with teams like D.C. United before retiring in Italy after winning the Serie A title with Juventus. At international level, Sanderson made her debut for England in May 2006 and was part of the England squad at the 2007 World Cup and Euro 2009. Since hanging up her boots in 2018, Lianne has pursued a career in media and punditry, and can often be heard on TalkSport.

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BUSINESS CATEGORIES 2023

HSBC UK

BUSINESS ALLY

WINNER

Adrian Mardell

After 34 years in various financial roles at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), Adrian was appointed to the position of CEO in July 2023. Throughout his career, Adrian has been a transparent, motivational and compassionate leader. As CEO, he has made it his personal passion to champion and drive DE&I initiatives at JLR, believing that creative strength comes from our differences. He has shown unwavering support for the LGBTQ+ community’s rights and representation. In May 2023, he became the first ally CEO to march at the Birmingham Pride parade with our colleagues, demonstrating the importance of allyship at JLR. In September 2023, his wife attended on his behalf the Attitude UK awards. He advocates strongly for the LGBTQ+ community at internal events and in company-wide messages, regularly reminding his teams that JLR is an inclusive place and highlig

CHARITY OR COMMUNITY INITIATIVE

WINNER

PROUD 2 B PARENTS

Proud 2 b Parents is an inclusive organisation that delivers services for LGBTQ+ parents/carers to be for those living in Greater Manchester (and the wider Northwest). It provides a variety of services that aim to meet the needs of LGBTQ+ parents and carers including mid-week meetups, youth groups, digital support sessions, monthly and annual get togethers and one-on-one bespoke family support so that those parents in the LGBTQ+ community feel supported during this time. Training and other services are also available to businesses, organisations and professionals so that they are enabled with the tools to parent proudly.

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DIVERSITY HERO

WINNER

Zoe Megins-Davies

Zoe is a consultant, researcher and writer working in urban planning and the creative industries. Their inclusion work informs a holistic approach to human-centred design while their unwavering commitment to social value, equity, diversity and activism is central to all they do. Zoe is driven by building more inclusive places for all and is leading on research into the decolonisation of urban planning practices and the co-design of public places with LGBTQ+ communities. As a queer, fat, disabled, gender-fluid person, intersectionality is at the heart of Zoe’s personal philosophy and professional practice. They are chair of Arup’s LGBTQ+ network Connect Out, have presented for Stonewall and myGWork on Workplace Allyship and are the Project Lead for the new National Transgender Monument. They are also a proud Role Model for LGBTQ+ charity Diversity Role Models and a board member for 20 Stories High, a Liverpool arts company amplifying working-class voices on stage.

Special mentions:

Cai Cherry

DLA Piper

Proudly queer and disabled, Cai is a trainee solicitor at DLA Piper’s London office, with specific interests in litigation, equalities, human rights and sanctions, and is on track to be admitted to the New York State Bar within the next 12 months. They are a London representative for the DLA Piper LGBTQ+ network Iris and spearheads client collaborations and internal initiatives promoting diversity, equity and inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community. They are also the UK lead and co-founder of DLA Piper’s Enabled Represents pro bono practice for disability, neurodiversity and mental health. At university, Cai worked on the team supporting Lord Neuberger and Amal Clooney on drafting a report into freedom of speech in international law. An award-winning disability activist, in his spare time, Cai is a writer, a reader and, perhaps above all, a diehard Swiftie (with the tattoo to prove it).

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EMPLOYER OR INCLUSIVE COMPANY

WINNER

Tesco

As the UK’s leading retailer, Tesco aims to serve its customers, communities and planet a little better every day. Inclusion means that everyone’s welcome at Tesco, and they want everyone from all LGBTQ+ communities to thrive and feel like they belong. This year, their business diversity internship has helped LGBTQ+ young people get on in their careers, while their diverse talent community has accelerated LGBTQ+ colleagues’ careers. Tesco launched its new active allyship guide and improved its inclusive colleague and manager training. It donated £100,000 to LGBTQ+ causes and had its biggest Pride celebration ever. All of this is underpinned by the LGBTQ+ at Tesco network, working alongside the business to embed inclusion in everything they do. Tesco is proud of the progress they’ve made but know there is always more to do and are committed to standing proud together with LGBTQ+ colleagues, customers and communities, every day.

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Legal & General

Legal & General Life Assurance Society was founded in 1836, providing life assurance to the legal community. Today, L&G Group is one of Europe’s largest insurance and asset management groups, employing more than 11,500 thousand employees. L&G’s vision for inclusive capitalism has always informed its approach to diversity and inclusion for the benefit of the colleagues, clients, suppliers and communities in which they operate. Driving LGBTQ+ inclusion is about courage and L&G doesn’t shun difficult conversations. Instead, it demonstrates unwavering commitment to the LGBTQ+ community. It creates spaces to work through issues to ensure it remains a safe place for LGBTQ+ people, where they’re valued and celebrated, with their leadership teams passionate about accelerating DE&I progress.

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FUTURE LEADER

WINNERS

Amelia Mugridge

Amelia is the co-chair of in@Serco (its LGBTQ+ network) and has been working tirelessly to support members of the LGBTQ+ community at work, including offering private sessions for people to chat, ask questions and link to its support network and wellbeing team. She has supported people on their coming out or transitioning journeys and supported loved ones in their personal lives. She implemented this approach in the in@serco team to provide ongoing support for anyone at the company. Amelia was nominated for the Rainbow Honours Awards 2023 and it was a great recognition of her hard work in building in@Serco as well as her work outside of Serco in the community. Outside of work, she has been recognised for her charity work, sewing talent and passion for Minis.

Jamie Brown

Jamie, a leading software engineer at the Financial Times, is at the forefront of technical innovation, LGBTQ+ inclusivity and neurodiversity advocacy. As the leader of the LGBTQIA+ network, Proud FT, he has effectively doubled its membership, emphasising employee experience, community and outreach. His leadership in crafting a comprehensive trans inclusion policy, incorporating gender-affirming healthcare into the FT’s healthcare plan and championing an editorial trans-inclusive style guide significantly impacts trans lives both within and outside the organisation. Jamie’s pioneering work extends to forming contra deals with LGBTQIA+ organisations and charities and leading the donation of advertising space to those groups. As a member of the FT’s Next Generation Board he significantly contributes to strategic decisions on AI and innovation. Outside of work, Jamie volunteers with Codebar, mentoring tech minorities, and advocates for neurodiversity at conferences, sharing his personal journey and emphasising the critical role of neurodiversity in the tech industry.

INSPIRATIONAL LEADER

WINNER

Jim Ford

Jim is co-head of A&O’s global Life Sciences sector group and co-chair of A&Out, the firm’s global LGBTQ+ network. Having previously been involved in the launch of the network, he has now led A&Out for more than 15 years, during which time the network has grown from an employee support network to a group at the heart of various D&I-focused graduate recruitment, mentoring and social responsibility activities, with A&O being recognised as a Top Global Employer by Stonewall. Outside of A&O, Jim has served as a trustee for Diversity Role Models, a Stonewall ambassador and a patron for Queer Britain (the UK’s first and only LGBTQ+ museum). Jim has featured on OUTstanding’s annual list of Top 100 LGBTQ+ Role Models on six occasions.

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Joe Brown

TFL

Joe has worked for Transport for London (TfL) for more than 26 years, starting out as a tube guard and working in several roles since. Joe became the chair of TfL’s LGBTQ+ network OUTbound in 2021 and oversaw significant improvements in the engagement and inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community. This was achieved through diverse events celebrating LGBTQ+ diversity and intersectionality, which resulted in recognition from the Mayor of London for History Month 2023. Joe project-managed TfL’s participation for Pride last year with ground-breaking vinyl wraps on a bus and trains, celebrity collaborations, colleague artwork and portrait posters across the transport system. In March 2023 Joe founded Journey: a network of LGBTQ+ networks in the transport industry. With members spanning rail, road, maritime, aviation, engineering and consultancy, Journey is working to promote the psychological and physical safety of LGBTQ+ people across UK transport, both colleagues and customers.

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LGBT+ TRAILBLAZER

WINNER

Laks Mann

Laks is a creative strategist and award-winning DEI Champion with a career spanning the corporate, charitable and public sectors, with a parallel record of NGO volunteering. He is the first South Asian elected onto the National LGBTQ+ Police Network and is an LGBTQ+ Advisor to the National Sikh Police Association. He is a Trustee and LGBTQ+ Lead for South Asian Heritage Month, and has been pivotal in mainstreaming queer narratives within the UK’s fastest-growing cultural and heritage platform. He is a Mayor of London-appointed EDI Advisor to City Hall, advising Deputy Mayors on the EDI and Disproportionality Boards, a Leadership Fellow at Windsor Castle and was the Founder of Gaysians, a ground-breaking national platform amplifying positive Brown queer visibility.

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Jak Matthews

BT Group

Jak is a trans woman who has made innovative and remarkable strides in promoting inclusivity at BT Group. As a dedicated DEI professional, she has successfully introduced measures to create a more welcoming environment for LGBTQIA+ colleagues. She spearheaded the revision of BT’s trans-inclusive guidance and policy, ensuring a supportive and respectful environment for all. A charismatic and engaging speaker, she’s called upon to support and educate colleagues internally and globally. Jak’s passion for mentorship led her to co-develop the Pride mentorship programme, connecting LGBTQIA+ colleagues with mentors and empowering their professional journeys. She established a thriving trans and non-binary networking and support group, fostering a sense of belonging and community. She champions diversity, equity and inclusion, using data and lived experience to drive change, ensuring equal opportunities for everyone. Leading by example, she inspires positive change and celebrates unique voices.

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Patrick Mccan

Linklaters

Patrick is the Director of Learning with Linklaters LLP. Linklaters is the 2023 recipient of Legal Cheek’s Award for Best Training in a Law Firm. Patrick is also Chair of the City of London Law Society Training Committee and is currently designing a queer lawyer leaders’ programme. He is co-founder of the Social Welfare Solicitor Qualification Fund, which launched in December 2021, and now has funding for a hundred Legal Aid lawyers to qualify, with more £1 million personally raised. He is also CEO of City Century, a law collaboration launched in 2022 with more than 50 firms that will bring in 100+ solicitor apprentices into the City of London each year. Patrick also created Queer City Law Career, a graduate recruitment event involving four leading global law firms.

LEGAL & GENERAL

NETWORK GROUP OR ERG

WINNER

The HSBC UK Pride Employee Network

The HSBC UK Pride Employee network promotes creating an inclusive environment for its lesbian, gay, bi and trans+ (LGBTQ+) colleagues and customers, so that the workplace is as diverse and inclusive as possible. We do this through a variety of activities, including learning and development, lobbying the organisation and collaboration with the other ERGs to support all aspects of diversity, from ethnicity and race to gender equality. We also encourage everyone to be an ally to each other, to actively engage with, learn about and support diversity in all its guises, to help everyone at HSBC feel like they belong. The network has an amazing 4,500 members (including a large percentage of allies) and operates through local teams called chapters to effectively engage with the whole geographically diverse network. Within the main Pride network, they operate safe spaces and run internationally acclaimed training to the wider organisation. Throughout 2023 they delivered a number of market-leading initiatives which generated extensive positive press and helped to improve the experience of colleagues and customers, while signalling their unwavering support for the LGBTQ+ community through social media channels.

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Pride In Ourselves

OVO

OVO believes that energy can be better for people, their wallets and the planet. The company is on a mission through its sustainability strategy Plan Zero to tackle the most important issue of our time – the climate crisis – by bringing customers with on the path to zero. OVO has committed to being a net-zero carbon business and aims to achieve bold science-based carbon reduction targets, while helping customers reduce their household emissions at the same time. OVO was awarded Company of the Decade at the BusinessGreen Leaders’ Awards and has won multiple awards, including Innovation Project of the Year, for investing in the market-leading technology, customer service operations and digital products to help customers cut their carbon emissions. It also won the award for Best Place to Work for Women and came in the Top 10 for ‘Very Big Organisations’ in the Sunday Times Best Places to Work 2023 for offering forward-thinking policies and better flexibility for everyone to balance work with life.

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