Lorraine Kelly wins Journalist of the Year at Scottish LGBTI awards
The popular TV presenter has been named Journalist of the Year at Scotland’s first ever LGBT awards ceremony.
Journalism plays a vital role in raising awareness of LGBT issues and generating positive discussion around human rights and equality.
The Journalist of the Year Award – sponsored by PinkNews – aims to recognise the journalist that has made a significant contribution to LGBT equality in Scotland.
Kelly beat off competition for fellow journalist – including Alan Jenkins and Stuart Duffy – and was presented her award by PinkNews CEO Benjamin Cohen.
Speaking to PinkNews after accepting the award, Kelly said: “Well to be honest I’m really thrilled, but I don’t think I’ve done anything very special. Everyone who comes on my show gets treated exactly the same – it doesn’t matter who you are – I just want to know your story. Thats how it should be.”
On having more LGBT issues featured on her show, Lorraine said: “I think its because it’s been in the public eye a lot more, which is a very good thing. There have been a lot of issues recently where people are more interested and are much more understanding – which is the way it should be as well.”
The event is organised by the Equality Network, with PinkNews as a media sponsor.
Around 400 guests gathered this evening – including a number of politicians, journalists and community groups – at Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel to celebrate the awards.
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The awards also featured performances by Horse McDonald and Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus.
Scott Cuthbertson, Development Coordinator for the Equality Network, said prior to the event: “We are very excited to be hosting the Equality Network’s inaugural Scottish LGBTI Awards.
“The past year has been an amazing year for LGBTI equality with the first same-sex marriages happening across Scotland after many years of campaigning,” he added.
“Our nominees represent the best advocates for equality and human rights in Scotland.
“Progress on LGBTI equality and human rights would not be possible without the hard work and support of many people, groups and organisations from all over Scotland, it’s those people we are celebrating at these awards.”
Other winners of the night Derek Ogg QC from Glasgow – who has been awarded the Equality Network Lifetime Achievement Award.