The inaugural PinkNews Awards were hosted by the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, on Wednesday in the Speaker’s House of the Palace of Westminster. The following pictures showcase some of the most important and exciting moments of the evening.

The awards were presented to recognise the contributions of politicians, businesses and community campaigning groups to advancing LGBT life across the UK.

The speaker, as well as guests including Helen Grant, Equalities Minister, and Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister all commended PinkNews, and efforts to pass equal marriage law, but emphasised the need to do more for moves to equality.

Also in attendance were Coronation Street actor Charlie Condou, and Ollie Locke of Made in Chelsea fame.

The list of winners can be viewed here.