Gay charity Stonewall has announced the celebrity nominees for its annual awards.
The yearly event, to be held on November 4th in central London, celebrates positive contributions to LGB life by celebrities and other public figures.
Actors Jane Lynch, Colin Firth and John Partridge, musician Kele Okereke and writer/actor Simon Amstell are shortlisted for ‘Entertainer of the Year’.
Soaps dominate the nominations for Broadcast of the Year, with EastEnders, Emmerdale and Coronation Street battling it out
This year, those nominated for Publication of the Year are Attitude magazine, Midlands Zone, The Lawyer, The Times and Radio Times.
Daily Mirror and The Sun sports commentators John Cross and Bill Leckie, and The Times columnist Caitlin Moran are among those shortlisted for ‘Journalist of the Year’. ‘Writer of the Year’ nominees include Booker Prize shortlist nominees Emma Donoghue for Room and Damon Galgut for In a Strange Room.
Nominated politicians include Speaker John Bercow, Lord Avebury, Baroness Campbell of Surbiton and Councillor Steve Reed, leader of Lambeth Council.
A celebrity panel including author Sarah Waters and MP Margot James will decide the winners of these categories, while Stonewall supporters will vote for the Bigot of the Year, Hero of the Year and Community Group of the Year.
The ceremony will be presented by lesbian broadcaster and comic Sue Perkins and tickets for the event cost £150 plus VAT, with all ticket sales going towards Stonewall’s work.
Ben Summerskill, Stonewall chief executive, said: “This year’s Stonewall Awards nominees include openly-gay sport stars, flagship soap operas, mainstream lesbian, gay and straight entertainers, tabloid and quality broadsheet journalists and politicians from all three main parties.
“The diversity of those in the running for an award demonstrates how gay equality has embedded itself into 21st century British life – which we think is a real cause for celebration.’
Bigot of the Year
Tory MP Chris Grayling
Bishop of Leeds Arthur Roache
Hero of the Year
Kath Gillespie Sells
Dr Jeffrey John
Entertainer of the Year
Broadcast of the Year
Coronation Street (ITV)
Dispatches-Africa’s Last Taboo (Channel 4)
The Sex Education Show (Channel 4)
Journalist of the Year
Politician of the Year
Rt Hon John Bercow MP
Baroness Campbell of Surbiton
Councillor Steve Reed
Writer of the Year
Emma Donoghue, Room
Stella Duffy, Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore
Damon Galgut, In a Strange Room
Jackie Kay, Red Dust Road
Rupert Smith, Man’s World
Publication of the Year
Sports Award of the Year
The Caledonian Thebans