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The fifth Stonewall Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 4 November at the V&A in London. The ceremony, now an essential fixture in the lesbian and gay calendar, will be hosted by TV presenter and comedian Sue Perkins.
The ceremony celebrates those who have made a positive impact on the lives of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Britain. Last year’s winners included Boyzone, Sarah Waters and Joan Bakewell.
Nominees for Hero of the Year include X-Factor winner Joe McElderry, rugby legend Gareth Thomas and presenter and sports journalist Clare Balding, whose recent complaint to the PCC was upheld last Friday. Bigot of the Year nominations include Sunday Times journalist A.A. Gill for his stinging personal attack on Clare Balding, the Rt Rev Arthur Roche who led the Catholic Care Adoption agency’s legal fight to be allowed to turn away same-sex couples, and Chris Grayling, the MP for Epsom who caused a storm days before the election when he suggested that B&B owners should be legally entitled to bar gay couples.
Three of the Awards will be voted for by thousands of Stonewall supporters from across Britain: Hero of the Year, Bigot of the Year and the Stonewall Community Group. The chosen Community Group of the Year – won last year by the Allsorts youth project in Brighton - will receive a cheque for £5,000 to support its work.
The other seven awards – including Writer and Entertainer of the Year – will be chosen by a panel of judges including radio and TV presenter Paddy O’Connell and author Sarah Waters. Other judges include Margot James, MP and Eileen Gallagher, the co-founder of Shed Productions the company behind Bad Girls and Footballers Wives.
Laura Doughty, Stonewall Deputy Chief Executive, said: ‘Once again, the Stonewall Awards are shining a light on those who are making an important contribution to equality in Britain today – inspiring lesbian, gay and bisexual people to lead fulfilling lives at home, at school and at work.’
Tickets for the 2010 Stonewall Awards ceremony at London’s V&A on Thursday 4 November are £150 + VAT. To book your ticket visit www.stonewall.org.uk/awards
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