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Harry Styles leads British LGBT Awards shortlist 2021 after Vogue cover

The star-studded shortlist for Britain’s biggest LGBT+ awards event has been released ahead of the red-carpet event in London on August 27.

The annual award ceremony will see the stars, LGBT+ activists and allies who have worked tirelessly to advance the rights of the LGBT+ people over the past year battle it out for the gongs.

Harry Styles, Sam Smith, Cara Delevingne and RuPaul Charles are amongst the big-name stars nominated.

RuPaul royalty Michelle Visage, This Morning presenter Dermot O’Leary, comedian Jennifer Saunders and Spice Girl Melanie C are amongst the celebs competing for the ally accolade.

Prince William was awarded the title in 2017.

The 1975, Lizzo and Anne-Marie are among the nominees for music awards, while Channel 4’s hard-hitting AIDS drama It’s a Sin is shortlisted for the Media Moment prize.

Harry Styles appeared on the front cover of Vogue in December

The series had record viewing figures when it was released earlier in the year. It captured the story of the AIDS pandemic and how it affected London’s gay community in the ’80s.

Other nominees in the category include Strictly’s first same-sex partnership, which featured Nicola Adams and Katya Jones.

Awards organisers also announced a one-off Football Ally award. Liverpool FC’s captain Jordan Henderson, Arsenal’s Héctor Bellerín, Leicester star Jamie Vardy and TV sports pundit Gary Lineker are among those nominated for the award.

Jordan Henderson Ally
Jordan Henderson has been nominated for the one-off Football Ally award.

The award is only being handed out this year and will look at why LGBT+ inclusion remains a taboo subject for the sport.

Elsewhere, the Celebrity of the Year award sees Andrew Scott, Tan France, Demi Lovato and Gillian Anderson are all in the running.

Charities in the running for awards on the night include UK Black Pride, It Gets better and The Outside Project.

Sarah Garrett, MBE, British LGBT Awards founder, said: “These awards shine a light on those who have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the LGBT+ community, during what has been an extremely challenging 12 months.

Sarah Garrett
Sarah Garrett MBE says there is an exciting mix of nominees for this year’s awards

“The nominees, which include an exciting mix of famous LGBT+ faces, allies and organisations have all demonstrated a commitment to advancing LGBT+ rights.

“The awards on 27 August, which will take place after lockdown restrictions are eased, will be a huge celebration that’s needed more than ever.”

The public can vote at britishlgbtawards.com


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