The Attitude Pride Awards 2018, supported by United Airlines and Sky, took place on Friday afternoon ahead of Pride in London (July 6), acknowledging the LGBT+ people and allies who have overcome life-changing events or are working selflessly to improve the lives of others.
Hosted by Judge Robert Rinder, the event at The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge highlighted ten remarkable people with real stories that cry out to be told.
Find out more about this year's winners and their incredible, inspiring and sometimes tragic stories below...
Gay's the Word
Gay’s The Word is the UK’s pioneering queer bookshop. Owner Jim McSweeney and assistant manager Uli Lenart assure it isn’t even close to reaching its shelf life.
Mazharul Islam had to escpae Bangladesh when two of his friends and fellow LGBT+ activists were killed. Setting up a new life in London, he continues to fight for justice in his home country.
The Michael Causer Foundation
Gay teenager Michael causer was murdered as he slept 10 years ago. But his parents Marie and Mike are ensuring his legacy lives on by running an LGBT+ charity in his name.
As a Sri Lankan, first generation immigrant, S Chelvan entered the legal profession to help improve his own circumstances, but during his career as a barrister within the immigration and asylum sector, he’s helped many LGBT people.
Cara McCann and Amanda McGurk
Same-sex marriage is still not a reality in Northern Ireland, but Cara McCann and Amanda McGurk are leading the fight to see their love fully recognised by the law.
Naomi Hersi, a trans woman from London, was found stabbed to death earlier this year - just another chapter in the book of violence and oppression trans people suffer around the world.
Jason Jones made legal history when he bulldozed anti-LGBT+ laws in his home country of Trinidad and Tobago. And he did it on his own...
Last year, through dogged determination, former trade union rep and lifelong campaigner Betty Gallacher railled support in Eastbourne to hold the town's first ever Pride.
Garry and Kyle Ratcliffe
Garry and Kyle Ratcliffe are proud parents to four children. But to make their dream of having a family a reality, they had to knock down barriers in the fostering and adoption system.
Read more about all of this year's Attitude Pride Award winners in our August issue, out 19 July.