25 September 2014
Stonewall today announces the first round of nominees for the ninth annual Stonewall Awards taking place on Thursday 6 November at the V&A. The Awards, supported by Bloomberg, E.ON, Google, Paddy Power and State Street, celebrate the positive contribution of individuals and organisations to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
This year’s Award winners will be picked by Lib Dem Peer Baroness Barker, TV star Charlie Condou, playwright Jonathan Harvey, journalist and trans activist Paris Lees and doctor and TV presenter Dr. Ranj Singh.
The judges will choose winners in eight categories with thousands of Stonewall supporters picking the winner of the Hero of the Year Award and the Community Group of the Year Award.
The 2014 Hero of the Year nominees are Vicky Beeching, who spoke movingly about her battle to reconcile her faith and sexuality, Tom Daley, nominated for his brave coming out video released in December 2013, Pepe Julian Onziema whose activism as a trans man in Uganda in the face of threats of violence and abuse inspires millions around the world. Hollywood actress Ellen Page is nominated for her deeply moving coming out speech and Tim Sigsworth, Chief Executive of the Albert Kennedy Trust is nominated for his tireless work to support homeless LGBT people.
Stonewall Chief Executive Ruth Hunt said: ‘Every single nominee for the 2014 Stonewall Awards shows how individuals and organisations can change the world through their words and actions. In 2014, Stonewall’s 25th anniversary year, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on the remarkable things we can achieve when we work together as a community. Here in Britain and around the world we need campaigners and advocates as much today as we ever have to make the world a better place for LGBT people. The Awards are our chance to thank those who are making this change a reality.’
Tickets for the Stonewall Awards on 6 November are on sale now and can be purchased from: stonewall.org.uk/awards