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Stonewall Award winners 2010

stonewallawardsIn four short years, the annual Stonewall Awards have become one of the biggest dates in the UK’s gay calendar. The fifth awards ceremony took place on a cool autumn evening at the beginning of November, and once again, the V&A was chosen as the host venue for this starry event. Offering a mixture of showbiz glamour, political rhetoric, impassioned and inspiring speeches, not to mention some delicious free nibbles and bubbly, the awards – largely – pay tribute to those who have advanced the cause of LGBT equality. 

Around 450 Stonewall supporters attended the event, which this year was hosted by TV’s Sue Perkins. Winners included Coronation Street, which took the new ‘Broadcast of the Year’ award, in recognition of its gay storylines, while EastEnders’ John Partridge took Entertainer of the Year.

Patrick Strudwick picked up the award for Journalist of the Year, in recognition for his investigative report for The Independent on ‘conversion therapy’, amongst other work. The Times scooped Publication of the Year, while Writer of the Year was jointly shared between Rupert Smith (for his novel Man’s World) and Stella Duffy (for Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore).

The Rt Hon John Bercow MP took ‘Politician of the Year’, in recognition of his strong support for Equality Issues in recent years, while the legendary Martina Navratilova was awarded the Stonewall Sports Award in recognition of her record-breaking career over the last four decades.

Three of the awards are voted for by Stonewall supporters. These include the prestigious Hero of the Year award (supported by g3 magazine), which went to openly gay rugby star Gareth Thomas. The Stonewall Community Group of the Year award went to the Brighton-based MindOut, which received a £5,000 cheque from Stonewall in recognition of its work in addressing mental health issues amongst the gay community. Finally, the one award that’s rarely gratefully received, the annual Bigot of the Year award went to MP Chris Grayling, who upset many during the General Election campaign by suggesting that B&B owners should be allowed to bar gay couples if they so wished.

Ben Summerskill, Stonewall Chief Executive, said: ‘This has been a landmark year. All three major soaps have featured compelling depictions of lesbian and gay characters. All three main parties made gay equality a central, vote-winning election issue. And rugby now has its first openly gay professional player. We’re proud to have seen all these successes of modern Britain reflected at the Stonewall Awards ceremony.’

Posted: 5 November 2010

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