The nominees for the public sector equality award at this year’s PinkNews Awards were tonight (June 7) announced at the PinkNews summer reception in Cardiff.

The award aims to recognise the contributions of public sector organisations in championing the inclusion and rights of LGBT+ employees and those in the wider community.



Nominees were announced at the Welsh Assembly, where attendees also heard from the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, and other prominent politicians speak on current LGBT+ issues, celebrate the achievements of Wales’ LGBT+ community and highlight what is still to be done.

Emily Thornberry MP, Lord Smith and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (Ross Brind)

A panel of judges will be drafted in to decide the winner, which will be announced at the PinkNews Awards on October 17, 2018.

The annual PinkNews Awards has become one of the UK’s most significant LGBT+ events, championing the efforts of politicians, campaigners, charities, businesses, public sector organisations, broadcasters and journalists in the fight for equality for all.

PinkNews CEO Benjamin Cohen and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan at the PinkNews Awards in 2017 (Ross Brind)

Last year’s event saw impassioned speeches from; Prime Minister, Theresa May; Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan; and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn  – as well as appearances from Ed Miliband, Sir Vince Cable, Ian Blackford, Lorraine Kelly, Stacey Solomon and Pearl Mackie.

Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at the PinkNews Awards in 2017 (Chris Jepson)

2018 marks the sixth year of the PinkNews Awards as well as 30 years since the passing of Section 28.

The nominations for the public sector equality award are as follows:

Aberystwyth University

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Bury Council

De Montfort University

House of Commons

Leicestershire County Council

Ministry of Justice

National Assembly of Wales

Newcastle City Council

Northumbria Police

Nottinghamshire County Council

Nottinghamshire Police

Royal Navy and Royal Marine

Riverside

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Teesside University

Transport for London

University of Leicester

University of Sheffield

University of St Andrews

Welsh Government

The PinkNews Awards is supported by Lloyds Banking Group.