Stonewall has announced the shortlists for its seventh annual awards ceremony to be held on 1 November 2012 at the V&A in London.
The charity says the awards celebrate those who have made a “positive impact on the lives of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Britain in the last year”.
The five nominees for Hero of the Year (supported by PwC) include The Voice judge Jessie J, nominated as a role model for bisexual people. Ben & Jerry’s founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield earn a nomination for their company’s staunch support for gay equality. Former Manchester Pride Director Jackie Crozier is nominated for her years of charitable work.
Hip hop star Frank Ocean, who came out in July, and comedian and broadcaster Sue Perkins are nominated for ‘Entertainer of the Year’, while Team GB athletes Claire Harvey, Carl Hester and Lee Pearson make the ‘Sports Awards’ shortlist.
The five nominees for Bigot of the Year include Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who has led a vitriolic campaign against equality in Scotland and Uganda’s Ethics and Integrity Minister, Simon Lokodo, nominated for his role in the repression of his country’s 2.1 million gay people.
Already, Alan Craig, the leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance Party and a former councillor for the London Borough of Newham, and Lord Ken Maginnis, the former Ulster Unionist MP, who previously referred to same-sex marriage as “unnatural and deviant behaviour” both criticised the charity after they were nominated for the title of ‘Bigot of the Year.’
Lustralboy congratulates the award nominees and applauds the highly appropriate band of bigots identified here.
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