Brian May nominated in British LGBT Awards


Brian May

Brian May is among the nominees for Celebrity Straight Ally of the Year in the 2017 LGBT Awards.

17 February 2016

The shortlist for the annual British LGBT Awards has been announced with the BBC nominated multiple times. BBC Two sitcom Boy Meets Girl and EastEnders have both been shortlisted for their portrayal of transgender issues. T

ransgender actress Rebecca Root and the first ever transgender actor in a TV soap opera, Riley Carter Millington, have also been nominated.

Nick Grimshaw, Boy George and Sue Perkins are among the other nominees.

Sarah Garrett, founder of the awards, explained: “The British LGBT Awards are vital in highlighting those who have done good by the LGBT community and are also important in promoting LGBT acceptance. The commissioning of Boy Meets Girl was a particularly landmark moment in British television history as was the introduction of a transgender character to Eastenders. The BBC should be proud of its commitment to diversity and groundbreaking coverage of LGBT issues,” she said.

Speaking in August last year, actress Rebecca Root, who plays Judy in Boy Meets Girl said: “I really believe that it will demystify my community, it will increase the visibility of the trans population. In a way it’s a shame, it’s 2015 for goodness sake, and we’re only having this conversation now. But better late than never.”

The British LGBT Awards take place at London’s Grand Connaught Rooms on 13 May.

Here are the nominees…

LGBT Celebrity of the Year:
Alan Carr
Boy George
Caitlyn Jenner
Ru Paul
Kieron Richardson
Ruby Rose
Ben Whishaw
Dustin Lance Black

Music Artist of the Year:
Jess Glynne
Little Mix
Zayn Malik
Frank Ocean
Sam Smith
Years and Years

Global Icon:
Jennifer Saunders
Hillary Clinton
Stephen Fry
Lady Gaga
Sir Ian McKellen
Bette Midler
George Takei

Celebrity Straight Ally of the Year:
Eddie Redmayne
Danny Dyer
Nigella Lawson
Holly Willoughby
Brian May
Kim Cattrall
James Sutton
Zoe Sugg (Zoella)

Celebrity Rising Star of the Year:
Olly Alexander
Rebecca Root
Jake Graff
Hannah Hart
Sean Miley Moore
Philip Armstrong
David Morgan
Rose and Rosie

Broadcaster of the Year:
Clare Balding
Vicki Beeching
Nick Grimshaw
Evan Davis
Paul O’Grady
Sue Perkins
Gok Wan

Media Moment:
Boy Meets Girl, BBC
Caitlyn Jenner, Vanity Fair cover
Eastenders transgender storyline, BBC
Hollyoak HIV storyline, Lime Pictures/ Channel 4
London Spy, BBC
Mhairi Black MP elected to Parliament
Ireland votes for marriage equality
Gay marriage in USA

Sports Person of the Year:
Nicola Adams
John Amaechi
Keegan Hirst
Nigel Owens
Mark McAdam
Sam Stanley
Heather Stanning
Casey Stoney