Yesterday saw the fourth annual Attitude Pride Awards – in association with United Airlines and Sleepeezee – presented in the newly-refurbished Ballroom at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel in the heart of London’s Knightsbridge.
Just ten awards celebrated the every day – and sometimes unsung – heroes of the LGBTQ community: those who have worked tirelessly in the third sector, who have triumphed over tragedy, who have championed rights or challenged stigma in the face of adversity. The only celebrity guests were presenters or observers, rather than awards recipients.
This year’s Attitude Pride Award winners were announced at a lunch reception hosted by television personality, author and Strictly Come Dancing legend Dr Ranj Singh, launching Pride in London weekend in style.
The ten Attitude Pride Award winners for 2019:
(presented by Cathy Newman, Channel 4 News)
The late Northern Irish campaigning journalist killed by the New IRA in April; the award was accepted by her partner Sara Canning.
(presented by singer Raye)
The bisexual YouTuber and gamer who used his platform to support the trans community after funding from the National Lottery were threatened by transphobes. He raised over £330,000 for charity Mermaids playing Donkey Kong 64 in a marathon gaming session.
(presented by actor, dancer and singer Layton Williams)
The assistant-head teacher who created the No Outsiders programme to teach children about diversity, which this year sparked protests and a national conversation around LGBTQ-inclusive education.
(presented by Judge Robert Rinder)
The gay asylum seeker fighting extradition to Kenya, which criminalises gay sexual relations with up to 21 years in prison, with the help of his Bristol Bisons rugby club teammates.
(presented by singer Louise Redknapp)
The trailblazer tackling prejudice against the trans community one manicure at a time with Nail Transphobia, a pop-up nail salon where people can ask her questions about her life as a trans woman. She was also behind the #ClawsOutForTrans campaign, which gathered support for a trans flag emoji by hijacking the current lobster one.
(presented by Olympic swimmer Mark Foster)
The Jamaican pro swimmer who made a splash in the world of elite sport last year when he came out.
Lucky Roy Singh
(presented by documentary maker Amrou Al-Kadhi)
The man who became an ambassador against forced marriages and honour-based abuse after his own same-sex marriage became a nightmare when he was forced to live as a woman and held captive by his in-laws.
(presented by author and activist Matthew Todd)
The owner of LaLiT hotels and founder of inclusive Indian night club Kitty Su who was at the forefront of the battle to end India’s colonial 150-year-old anti-LGBTQ legislation.
(presented by singer Pixie Lott)
The activist whose own rape experience inspired him to shine a spotlight on the stigma around male survivors of sexual violence.
Di Cunningham and Joe White, for 3 Lions Pride
(presented by Mark McAdam, Sky Sports)
The duo who flew the rainbow flag in Russian football stadiums during last year’s FIFA World Cup, as part of the official England LGBTQ supporters’ group.
As always, award recipients came from right across the LGBTQ community – with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender winners and BAME representation at centre stage.
“Ours is a rainbow community, and this is a set of Attitude Pride Awards that reflects that in every conceivable sense,” said Attitude Managing Director, Darren Styles OBE.
“Via a record number of reader nominations and the input of our judging panel, we are privileged to share ten extraordinary stories that – despite everything life can test you with – combine to inspire, uplift and educate. This brilliant afternoon reconfirms the strength and beauty of the human spirit and the togetherness of our LGTBQ community.
“The Attitude Magazine Foundation, our registered charity, used the event to announce a grant to edutainment specialist Pop’n’Olly to fund 50 sets of books for – and three workshops in – primary schools across the UK, to kick-start the GoFundMe appeal seeking to raise £40,000 to save The Food Chain, a London-based charity helping people living with HIV at times of crisis, and to support Curly’s Legacy, the brainchild of former Pride Award winners Kyle and Garry Ratcliffe, to provide no-cost caravan holidays for disadvantaged families.
“This is who Attitude are – the biggest gay media brand in the world, Europe’s best-selling LGBTQ title by a country mile and a philanthropic organisation that is proud to work with every single commercial and corporate entity that wants to celebrate and contribute to LGBTQ life during Pride month, and at any other time of year. Disparage those who don’t participate and engage, not those who do, for without them we simply can’t exist.”
Said Bob Schumacher, United Airlines Managing Director, Sales, UK and Ireland: “We are proud to support – for a third successive year – the Attitude Pride Awards.
“Our fundamental purpose as an airline is to connect people and unite the world. That is why we strive to ensure the United Airlines family is as diverse as the communities we serve around the globe, representing every background and belief, origin and orientation, colour and creed.”