Stonewall, the lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity, hosted its tenth and final Stonewall Awards, supported by Visa Europe, last night at the V&A in London.
Ian McKellen, who co-founded Stonewall in 1989, hosted the evening alongside awards presenters including Charlie Condou, Jane Hill, Mary Portas, Doctor Ranj and Evan Davis.
Other stars at the event included Coronation Street’s Brooke Vincent, writer and activist Paris Lees, star of Cucumber / Banana Bethany Black, singer and actress Heather Peace, writer Jack Monroe and Hollyoaks actor Kieron Richardson.
Broadcast of the Decade was awarded to Hollyoaks for its consistent tackling of difficult issues and integration of LGBT characters, while the newly introduced Trans Media Award was presented to Boy Meets Girl, starring Rebecca Root, for bringing trans issues to British prime time television.
Liz Mackean, whose Channel 4 Dispatches documentary Hunted focused on violent homophobic ‘hunting’ in Russia, was awarded Journalist of the Decade. The Guardian’s consistent and sensitive coverage of LGBT issues in Britain and abroad saw the paper the Publication of the Decade award.
Nigel Owens was presented the Sports Person of the Decade award for being such a prominent and visible role model in his field, and Sarah Waters collected Writer of the Decade for having such an impact on LGBT readers through her work.
Lord Alli was named Politician of the Decade for his relentless campaigning around same-sex marriage and for being the first openly gay member of the House of Lords.
Entertainer of the Year was awarded to Dan Gillespie Sells, the openly gay singer of British group The Feeling, for his open and frank conversations over the last ten years about his own sexual orientation and upbringing.
Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive, Stonewall said:
‘I’d like to extend a huge congratulations – and thanks – to all of those nominated tonight. And all of those who have been nominated throughout the last ten years of the Stonewall Awards. ‘We have come so far for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality – but we still have so much left to do. And to do that, and to be the change we want to see, we must continue to work together to achieve full equality. This year marks the final year for the Stonewall Awards but watch this space for something new next year, which will reflect all our communities and brings people from across those communities together. Acceptance without exception. Where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, in Britain and abroad, can live freely as themselves without fear of persecution. ‘So tonight, we celebrate. And of course tomorrow, our work continues.’
The full list of winners and nominees is:
Publication of the Decade (presented by Jane Hill):
Guardian – winner
Politician of the Decade (presented by Charlie Condou):
Lord Alli – winner
Rt Hon John Bercow MP
Ruth Davidson MSP