A host of famous faces, including Harry Styles, Sam Smith and British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, have been nominated for the British LGBT Awards 2021.
The annual awards are voted for by the public and celebrate figures from across the business, charity, arts and celebrity sectors who have worked to advance the rights of those in the LGBT community.
Alongside Styles, Smith and Enninful, the celebrity ally nominees also include Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer, RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage, activist and actress Jane Fonda, and Spice Girl Melanie C.
Juno star Elliot Page is nominated in the celebrity category, alongside Fleabag star Andrew Scott, model Cara Delevingne, Queer Eye star Tan France and US pop star Demi Lovato.
Channel 4’s acclaimed drama It’s A Sin - written by Russell T Davies - which explores the HIV/Aids crisis in 1980s London, has been shortlisted for the media moment prize.
Nicola Adams and Katya Jones - who became Strictly Come Dancing’s first same-sex couple - are also in the running, as well as RuPaul’s Drag Race featuring its first transgender queen in the US, Gottmik.
The awards will also draw attention to the absence of openly gay footballers in the Premier League through a new prize, named the football ally award.
This award will highlight football personalities who are working to address the taboo in the sport, with nominees including Match of the Day host Gary Lineker, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.
UK Black Pride, It Gets Better and The Outside Project are among the charities in the running for awards, and brands including Starbucks, Cadbury, Marks & Spencer and Argos are also listed among the nominees.
‘Demonstrated a commitment to advancing LGBT+ rights’
Sarah Garrett, British LGBT Awards founder, said: “These awards shine a light on those who have stood shoulder to shoulder with the LGBT+ community, during what has been an extremely challenging 12 months.
“The nominees, which include an exciting mix of famous LGBT+ faces, allies and organisations have all demonstrated a commitment to advancing LGBT+ rights.
“The awards on August 27, which will take place after lockdown restrictions are eased, will be a huge celebration that’s needed more than ever.”
To cast your vote in this year’s awards, visit the British LGBT Awards website.