Rylan Clark-Neal says he wants to be able to tell LGBT people that there is hope for a “better future”.
The TV presenter spoke about how the future looks for his community while preparing to host this year’s British LGBT Awards.
The star is following in the footsteps of Kelly Osbourne, Alan Carr and Mel B by hosting the prestigious event, Mirror Online can reveal.
Things will be a little different this year though, as the ceremony will be held virtually for the first time ever due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The annual awards ceremony, held in association with NatWest, recognises celebrities, activists and allies who have worked to advance the fight for LGBT+ rights during the past 12 months.
An array of stars are up for awards, including musician Sam Smith, Killing Eve actress Jodie Comer, RuPaul’s Drag Race favourite Michelle Visage, model Cara Delevingne, One Kiss singer Dua Lipa and British Vogue editor Edward Enninful.
Big Little Lies actress Zoë Kravitz, Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness and sports personality Gareth Thomas are also in the running for awards.
Rylan told us: “I am so excited to be hosting the 2020 British LGBT Awards and taking over the reins from Kelly Osbourne who did a wonderful job last year!
“It’s such an important event which shines a light on LGBT+ role models and those who are advancing the rights of LGBT+ people not only in Britain, but all over the world.
“This year’s virtual ceremony will be a moment to celebrate but also an occasion to reflect on the challenges people have faced, especially young LGBT+ people, who struggled this year during the Covid-19 lockdown.
“The achievements of all of the nominees and winners will show anyone who is struggling that there’s hope of a better future. It’s going to be a brilliant event with more celebrities involved than ever before and I can’t wait to be part of it.”
British LGBT Awards founder, Sarah Garrett MBE, added: “Rylan is going to do a great job hosting this year’s virtual British LGBT Awards and we’re excited to have him involved. He is much loved making him the perfect person to lead prize giving duties at the awards which this year have more meaning than ever before given the impact of the pandemic on LGBT+ communities.”
This year’s ceremony will also see a global icon of the LGBT community presented with a special recognition award which will be presented by the leading business ally of the LGBT community, Ian Donaldson, CEO of Swinton Insurance.
The 2020 British LGBT Awards will be streamed on YouTube on Friday, November 27.
The 2020 British LGBT Award nominees in full:
Eugene Lee Yang
Sufi Malik and Anjali Chakra
CELEBRITY OF THE YEAR
Jonathan Van Ness
DEUTSCHE BANK – CELEBRITY ALLY
The Jonas Brothers
MTV – MUSIC ARTIST
Christine & The Queens
Lil Nas X
Tyler, the Creator
Years & Years
GMB – BROADCASTER OR JOURNALIST
SWINTON INSURANCE – SPORTS PERSONALITY
METRO – MEDIA MOMENT
BBC’s Gentleman Jack tells the real-life story of Anne Lister
Drag Race comes to the UK
Mexican primetime television makes history with its first ever lesbian kiss on Amar a Muerte
Queer couple wins MTV’s True Love or True Lies
Netflix ’s Sex Education diverse representation of LGBT+ characters and relationships
Renée Zellweger stars as gay icon Judy Garland
Strictly Come Dancing makes history with same-sex routine to Emeli Sande performance
Netflix Tales of the City’s queer representation and casting
Showtime premiers The L Word: Generation Q
The CW’s Riverdale’s LGBT+ character development
JOHNSON & JOHNSON – CHARITY OR COMMUNITY INITIATIVE
Colours Youth Network
Elton John AIDS Foundation
Goal Diggers FC
The Outside Project
The Proud Trust
JUST EAT – OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO LGBT+ LIFE
Lord Waheed Alli
Sally Carr MBE
NETWORK RAIL – BRAND OR MARKETING CAMPAIGN
Transport for London
PwC – INSPIRATIONAL LEADER
Belton Flournoy, Protiviti
Clare Coates, Barclays
David Levine, Disney
David Stone, Allen & Overy
Holly Dewsbury, Facebook
Jerry Daykin, GSK
Joana Monteiro, Google
John Elliott, Sainsbury’s
Rachel Higham, BT
Steven Friel, Woodsford Litigation Fund
HSBC UK – CORPORATE ALLY
Claire England, JLL
Ian Ritchey, Rolls-Royce
John Bernard, Aviva
Lynne McBurney, Arnold Clark
Mark McKenzie, Vodafone UK
Sharyn Case, ARUP
Sonia Sawula, Credit Suisse
Stephanie Smith, Allianz
Susan Allen, Santander
Wincie Knight, ViacomCBS Networks International
NESTLÉ – DIVERSITY HERO
Alex Vowinckel, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Bobbi Pickard, BP
Bruna Gil, LinkedIn
Christopher Kenna, Brand Advance
Deon Pillay, LGIM
Michael Burnham, State Street Global Advisors
Nicholas Johnson, Virgin Atlantic
Sophie Hunt, Adobe
Squadron Leader Catherine Lawson, Royal Air Force
Theresa Farrenson, Aon
TESCO – FUTURE LEADER
Christina Peach, FleishmanHillard Fishburn
Ellis Lanyon, L’Oreal
Ian Gustav Ahlberg, Financial Times
Jamie Barrelll, Publicis Sapient
John Hutchinson, HomeServe
Marianne Cowie, Zurich Insurance
Michael Geeleher, Sony Playstation
Tom Stockton, MSB Solicitors
Nathan Jordan, Dyson
Robert Downer, Uber
dbPride, Deutsche Bank
Havas Pride, Havas
Heathrow Airport Pride, Heathrow Airport
HSBC Pride Network, HSBC UK
Nestlé UK&I LGBT+ Network, Nestlé
Open&Out, Johnson & Johnson
TSB LGBT+ Network, TSB
Unity, Cushman and Wakefield
MI5 – INCLUSIVE EMPLOYER OR COMPANY
Lloyd’s of London
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