2021 Awards Finalists

The Community Champion Award Sponsored by HSBC

This award recognises an individual who is both dynamic and stands out in their particular field while making a significant contribution to the LGBTQ+ community.

Nominees

Darren Glasgow
David Paisley
Kerry Hindley
Phil Dexter
Thomas Anderson-Thatcher

Entertainer / Artist Award

This award recognises an entertainer (individual or group) in any field of entertainment who has best promoted the community in an exciting style.

Nominees

Allan Jay
Annie Wallace
David Carlyle
Gladys Alcock
Graham Irving Cole
Lawrence Chaney
Robert and May Miller

Community Ally Award – Sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland

This award recognises an individual who is both dynamic and stands out in their particular field while making a significant contribution to the LGBTQ+ community as an ally.

Nominees

Christeen MacMurdie
Deborah Mullen
Dionne Martin
Margaret Gallagher
Louise Bailey

Sports Person / Sports Group Award Sponsored by QTS

This award recognises excellence in any sport, or outstanding leadership in the encouragement of sport inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community.

Nominees

Aberdeen taxiali
Bruce Mouat
Glasgow Frontrunners
Jordan McGhee
Luca Kahninen

The Public Service Award Sponsored by Scotland’s Railway

This award recognises any individual, team or organisation within the public sector, emergency services or armed forces who has made an exceptional contribution over the last year to the LGBT communities.

Nominees

Ciaran Sinclair
Claire Duffy
NHS Scotland
Nicola Welsh
SSgt Johanne Mundie

Educator Award – Sponsored by firstdirect

Education is the key to reducing bigotry in Scotland and as a nation we should be thankful to the work of teachers, educational establishments and all who work in the sector. Can you help us find someone who has played a role in helping to support the LGBT+ community by breaking down barriers – or maybe it is a school, college, university or apprentice scheme which has gone that extra mile to implementing an inclusive learning environment. Help us celebrate the amazing work that has happened by nominating your star now.

Nominees

Gary Graham
Jacqui Forbes
John Naples-Campbell
Russell T Davies
Sarah Ross

Charity or Community Group Initiative Award

Third sector groups are the life blood of our community organisations and work so hard to help so many with often little income. Let’s look across Scotland at the groups fighting hard to enact change and support for us and ensure that they are recognised.

Nominees

Alan Stewart
Eastend Empowering Stars
Edinburgh Queer Collective
Olly Alexander and Sir Elton John’s performance at the Brit Awards in partnership with the EJAF
Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland
West Lothian Pride

LGBTQI+ Network Group / Equal Rights Group Award

This is your chance to ensure that we get to hear about the work that your LGBTQ+ network at your work is doing to support and raise issues in the workplace.

Nominees

LGBTQ+ @ Sky
OVO Energy Pride In Ourselves
Pride of ScotRail
Scottish LGBTI Police Association
True Colours (first direct)

Corporate Ally Award

This award is to honour an organisation or company who has demonstrated positivity, loyalty and support to LGBTQ+ customers.

Nominees

Booking.com
Channel 4
Heineken
Strathearn Tea
Virgin Money
Zurich Insurance

Professional Services Award

This award is where we can thank someone or even a team who has gone beyond to ensure that members of the LGBT communities have received outstanding service from a professional services provider.

Nominees

Colin Cooper Photography
Garry Bernstein, Tech Scotland
Jamie Kerr, Burness Paull
Mitchells funeral directors
Natalie Devlin

Retailer / Brand or Marketing Campaign Award

This award recognises any retail business that has developed a powerful appeal to member of the community, delivering a highly skilled service.

Nominees

AEW All Elite Wrestling – Pride Merchandise Fundraising
Big Dog
Light house
Olly Alexander and Sir Elton John’s performance at the Brit Awards in partnership with the EJAF
TUI
Virgin Radio Pride Network
Volkswagen – EURO 2020 Rainbow Rebrand

Hospitality Award

This award recognises any hospitality business that invests in its approach to both its customers and staff within the community.

Nominees

Cranside Kitchen, Glasgow
Kimpton Hotels Glasgow Blythwood Sq and Edinburgh Charlotte St
Siberia Vodka Bar & Hotel, Aberdeen
SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Tinderbox Princes Square, Glasgow
The Butterfly Lounge, Glasgow

Venue Award

This award recognises a thriving bar, club or venue within the community that provides a safe and enjoyable environment together with exceptional customer service.

Nominees

AXM, Glasgow
CC Blooms, Edinburgh
Delmonica’s, Glasgow
Gunsmiths, Inverness
Habana, Edinburgh
Kandy, Dundee
Klozet, Dundee
Planet Bar and Kitchen, Edinburgh
Salty Dog, Dundee
Waterloo, Glasgow

Political Leadership Award

This award recognises an individual from any political party who has used their office to actively support and advance the cause of LGBTQ+ people or are a member of the community who have demonstrated Political Leadership in a campaign.

Nominees

Rt Hon David Mundell MP
Joe Fitzpatrick MSP
Karen Adam MSP
Councillor Kenneth Duffy
Patrick Harvey MSP
Russell T Davis

Arts and Media Award

This award recognises a group, company or individual who has accurately and truthfully supported challenges and advancement of the LGBT community in print, online, broadcast or performance.

Nominees

AEW All Elite Wrestling
Bare Productions
It’s a Sin by Red Productions, Channel 4, HBO
Scene Alba
Virgin Radio

Employer Award (Small Business under 500 employees) – Sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland

This award recognises any employer who has led the way in creating a culture conducive to happiness and security within the workplace.

Nominees

Joseph Thabo Maluleke
Kroma
Narisse Hollington
The Street
Unify Salon

Employer Award (Large Business – over 500 employees) – Sponsored by firstdirect & HSBC

This award recognises any employer who has led the way in creating a culture conducive to happiness and security within the workplace.

Nominees

City Fibre
Quarriers
ScotRail
Sky UK
Virgin Media
Virgin Money

Nominations are now CLOSED

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