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Here are all the winners from the PinkNews Awards

October 19, 2017

Doctor Who’s Pearl Mackie, Education Secretary Justine Greening and Lorraine Kelly were among the winners at the PinkNews Awards tonight.

The PinkNews Awards, which took place in Westminster, celebrates the contributions of politicians, entertainers, businesses, campaigners and community groups to improving LGBT+ life in the UK and beyond.

The event was addressed by all the major party leaders – Prime Minister Theresa May, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable and the SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford.

Lifetime Achievement

Winner: Lord Smith of Finsbury, the first MP to come out as gay and first gay member of cabinet

Lord Chris Smith with Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry (L) and Leader of the Labor Party Jeremy Corbyn (R)

Ally Award

Winners: The Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons and President of the Kaleidoscope Trust

Rt Hon John Bercow MP (Ross Brind)

Coronation Street

Daniel Brocklebank, Coronation Street
Stacey Solomon with Daniel Brocklebank (Ross Brind)

Doctor Who

Brian Minchin (L), Stacey Solomon and Pearl Marckie (R) (Ross Brind)

Community Group of the Year

Winner: Just Like Us – LGBT+ Charity for Young People

Tim Ramsey with Lorraine Kelly (Ross Brind)


  • IMAAN Center – Leading LGBTQ Muslim Charity
  • Just Like Us – LGBT+ Charity for Young People
  • KeshetUK – Charity working for LGBTQ inclusion in Jewish life
  • Love Equality NI– The campaign for civil marriage in Northern Ireland
  • Mermaids UK– Family and individual support for gender diverse and transgender children and young people
  • Opening Doors London– London-based charity offering support to older LGBT+ people
  • Out and Proud African LGBT (OPAL) – OPAL is an African Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex rights and human rights activist charity
  • The WOW Network – Working to Support, Guide and Connect with LGBT women at work
  • UK Alliance for Global Equality– A coalition of UK-based civil society organisations working together to promote and support progress in global LGBT rights

Campaigner of the Year

Winner: Jonny Benjamin – Mental health campaigner, founder of the ‘Find Mike’ campaign

Victoria Derbyshire with winner Jonny Benjamin (Ross Brind)


(click here for more information on the Campaigner of the Year nominees)

Politician of the Year

Winners: The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP (Conservative MP for Putney, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities)

Rt Hon Justine Greening MP (Ross Brind)

And Hannah Bardell MP (SNP MP for Livingston)

Hannah Bardell MP (Ross Brind)


  • Baroness Barker – Lib Dem peer
  • Lord Ray Collins of Highbury – Labour peer
  • Stephen Doughty MP – Labour and Co-op MP for Cardiff South and Penarth
  • Patrick Harvie MSP – Scottish Greens co-convener and MSP for Glasgow
  • Lord Scriven – Lib Dem peer
  • John Swinney MSP – Deputy First Minister of Scotland, Cabinet Secretary for Education and MSP for Perthshire North
  • Annie Wells MSP – Conservative MSP for Glasgow

Broadcast Award

Winners: Maajid Nawaz (LBC) and Lorraine (ITV)

Maajid Nawaz and Lorraine Kelly (Ross Brind)
Lorraine Kelly (Ross Brind)
Maajid Nawaz (Ross Brind)


  • Coronation Street – ITV
  • Doctor Who – BBC
  • Loose Women – ITV
  • Orange is the New Black – Netflix
  • Sense8 – Netflix
  • Transparent – Amazon Prime
  • Victoria Derbyshire – BBC

Special award for 50th Anniversary coverage of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality

Winner: Against the Law (BBC 1)

Gogglebox’s Stephen and Chris, Rt Hon Diane Abbott MP, Fergus O’Brien, Daniel Mays (Ross Brind)


  • 50 Shades of Gay (Channel 4)
  • Britain’s Great Gay Buildings (Channel 4)
  • Convicted for Love (Channel 4)
  • Gay Brittania (BBC Radio 4 Extra)
  • Growing Up Gay (BBC)
  • I’m Coming Out (BBC 3)
  • Is It Safe To Be Gay in the UK? (BBC)
  • Man in an Orange Shirt (BBC2)
    Prejudice & Pride (BBC)
  • Prejudice and Pride – National Trust
  • Queer Britain (BBC 3)
  • Queers (BBC 4)

Ad Campaign of the Year

Winner: Skittles – ‘Giving back the rainbow’

Polly Garland, Skittles (Ross Brind)


(Check out the videos and images for Ad Campaign of the Year here)

Third Sector Equality Award

Winner: Barnardo’s

Adam Pemberton with Secretary of State for Communities, Sajid Javid (Ross Brind)


Public Sector Award

Winner: GCHQ

Nikesh, from GCHQ


Business Equality Award

Winner: Aviva 

Jan Gooding with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (Ross Brind)

Winner: Aviva



The PinkNews Awards is generously supported by Lloyds Banking Group

Lloyds Banking Group logo

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