PinkNews Awards 2023: Vote now for your favourite queer icons and moments of the year

This is an image of three notable people. On the left is drag queen Danny Beard, in the middle is Ncuti Gatwa, and on the right side is Rina Sawayama

This year’s nominees for the 2023 PinkNews Awards have been revealed, and include LGBTQ+ heroes and trailblazers such as Sam Smith, Megan Rapinoe and Bella Ramsey.

Returning next month, the PinkNews Awards, sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group, will celebrate and honour LGBTQ+ leaders and change-makers in entertainment, sports, business and activism. 

PinkNews readers are invited to celebrate the influential people, organisations and campaigns that have advanced LGBTQ+ rights worldwide. 

Last year’s awards featured impassioned speeches from journalist Owen Jones and Labour MP Zarah Sultana.

Keir Starmer also delivered a stirring speech, promising further commitment to the LGBTQ+ community, but the Labour leader has since u-turned on some of those statements, including scrapping the party’s self-ID policy for trans people.

Big winners from the 2022 awards included transgender cyclist Emily Bridges, MP John Nicolson and the BBC drama This is Going to Hurt.

This year’s awards will be held on 18 October in central London.

In August, PinkNews announced the first categories: brand ally of the year, diversity network of the year, charity/community group of the year, inclusive tech innovation of the year, and business trailblazer of the year, sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada.

Now, voting is open to the public for the second wave of nominations in nine categories: drag artist of the year, entertainer of the year, ground-breaking broadcast of the year, inclusive fashion brand of the year, screen moment of the year, social media moment of the year, the travel and hospitality award, the good news award, and sports personality of the year, sponsored by Sky Sports.

Vote here and celebrate the best and brightest of the LGBTQ+ community – and see more details on all the nominees below.

This a graphical image promoting the PinkNews Awards, which is written in white text over a pink background with a flourescent outline.
The PinkNews Awards, sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group, return to London in October. (PinkNews)

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