National LGBT+ Awards to be held during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend
The Royal Bank of Scotland Proud Scotland Awards are returning to Glasgow on the 3rd of June at a glitzy ceremony and feast fit for a Queen at the cities Radisson Blu Hotel.
The awards which recognise and celebrate the contribution of members of the LGBT+ communities to Scottish life alternate between Edinburgh and Glasgow and this year will see Her Majesty’s new Platinum Pudding served for the first time in Scotland in a nod to her Platinum Jubilee weekend.
Members of the public can cast their nominations from today in 18 categories with people from every corner of Scotland, the UK and internationally expected to be put forward for the opportunity to glitter and shine at the awards ceremony alongside stars of the screen and stage.
Brett Herriot, Head of Pride Edinburgh and an award judge said:
“This year as we come out of Covid the awards are back with a bang and I cant wait to see some of the remarkable and moving stories that are submitted every year to the judges highlighting the amazing work people do to support equality”
First held in Glasgow in 2019 the ceremony moved online in 2020 where it was hosted live from a specially constructed studio in Stirling by celebrity and LGBT+ national treasure Gok Wan and was watched live by tens of thousands. They were hosted in 2021 by Bafta nominated actor David Carlyle from the hit channel 4 drama “It’s a Sin” at a lavish dinner and ceremony in Edinburgh with reduced numbers as part of covid mitigations that required all guests to prove they had tested negative for covid before the event.
John Stuart, Inspector for the north of Scotland at the Care Inspectorate and award judge added:
“It will be brilliant to travel across Scotland and drop in to visit and learn more about those nominated this year, but we need people to put forward their stories of the amazing things they have done or those of their friends so we can make sure that LGBT+ voices are heard in every part of Scotland because they really deserve to be highlighted to the public”
The top winners are inducted into the Scottish LGBT+ hall of fame. 2019 saw the British High Commissioner to Western India, Alan Gemmell from Glasgow, pick up the top gong with 2021 seeing two people share the honour – Hollyoaks star Annie Wallace from Aberdeen and ground-breaking TV writer and producer Russel T Davies from Swansea.
Euan McLeod from the Proud Scotland awards commented:
“Proud Scotland is Scotland’s national LGBT+ awards and the only event on such a scale outside of London. This year it really is a night of Queens as we ensure that people across Scotland and further afield get the opportunity to shine in front of their peers, the city welcoming superstars Queen and Adam Lambert back to Glasgow and we pay tribute to the remarkable 70 years on the throne for Her Majesty the Queen by serving the new Platinum Pudding honouring her reign”
Nominations can be submitted at www.proudscotlandawards.com
A valid nomination must include someone that lives in Scotland, was born in Scotland or has had a significant impact on people who are LGBT+ in Scotland.
1: Proud Scotland is run by members of Scotland’s LGBT+ Communities and proceeds raised are given to Pride Edinburgh www.facebook.com/prideedinburgh and Glasgow’s Pride Mardi Gla www.facebook.com/mardigla to help fund their annual pride marches. The winners are decided by an independent judging panel.
2: The award categories for 2022 are as follows:
Community Champion Award – To recognise a member of the LGBT+ community who has gone above and beyond to fight for equality.
Community Ally Award – To recognise an ally of the LGBT+ community who has gone above and beyond to fight for equality.
Charity/ Group Initiative Award – To recognise the impact or actions taken to support the LGBT+ community.
Corporate Ally Award – To recognise a corporate body which has gone above and beyond in supporting the LGBT+ community.
Corporate Network Group Award – To recognise an LGBT+ Network or Equal Rights group which has impacted the organisation which they represent.
(Small) Employer Award – To recognise a business with under 500 employees which has gone above and beyond to support their employees who identify as a member of the LGBT+ community.
(Large) Employer Award – To recognise a business with 500 or more employees which has gone above and beyond to support their employees who identify as a member of the LGBT+ community.
Campaign Award – To recognise a campaign used to show or develop support for the LGBT+ community.
Public Services Award – To recognise the actions of an individual or group as part of a Public Body, or the body itself, in support and development of the LGBT+ community.
Professional Services Award – To recognise the actions of an individual, group, or the organisation which provides an exceptional professional service to the LGBT+ community.
Sports Award – To recognise an individual, or group/team, that has taken action to directly impact and support the LGBT+ community in the field of Sport.
Education Award – To recognise an individual, or group, that has taken action to directly impact and support the LGBT+ community in the field of Education.
Leadership Award – To recognise an individual, or group, that has been in a leadership capacity to directly impact the LGBT+ community.
Performer Award – To recognise an individual, or group, which represents, or has taken action to directly impact and support, the LGBT+ community in their performances on stage or the screen.
Music Award – To recognise an individual, or group, which represents, or has taken action to directly impact and support, the LGBT+ community in their musical performance. This award includes the fabulous and diverse drag queens that entertain all of us from drag race to local venues.
Media Award – To recognise an individual, or group, which represents, or has taken action to directly impact and support, the LGBT+ community in print, online, broadcast or social media.
Venue Award – To recognise a venue which is part of or directly shows support for the LGBT+ community. This award is directed to bars, nightclubs, and general venues where entertainment is provided.
Hospitality Award – To recognise a hospitality venue which is part of or directly shows support for the LGBT+ community. This award is directed to those not covered by the venue award such as restaurants and hotels and bars that serve food.