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Know an everyday LGBTQ hero? Nominate them for an Attitude Pride Award

The Attitude Pride Awards return on Friday 18 June to celebrate those in our community with inspiring stories to share.

By Will Stroude

Words: Will Stroude

The Attitude Pride Awards celebrate members and allies of our community who embody the spirit of LGBTQ Pride.

We’re now looking for heroes to award and applaud at the Attitude Pride Awards 2021, which this year – for the first time ever – will take place digitally from Friday 18 June as part of the Attitude Pride at Home online digital festival, in association with Klarna.

We want to leave the celebrities and big names aside on this occasion and select everyday people who go out of their way to make an extraordinary difference, large or small, to the lives of LGBTQ people in the UK.

There are so many inspirational, unsung heroes among us, working in key LGBTQ charities and companies, making a difference in schools and local communities, or challenging perceptions within professions and religions where LGBTQ people are traditionally under-represented.

Former Attitude Pride Award winner Kenneth Macharia and his fellow Bristol Bisons RFC team mates

We think they all deserve to be recognised.

This year’s ten very special award winners, as previously, will enjoy star billing in a very special edition of Attitude magazine, and will be honoured with an award and opportunity to share their story with the world across and social media.

If you’d like to nominate someone you know (and yes, you can nominate yourself!), please email telling us in your own words about the person and why the nomination is deserved.

Dr Ranj Singh presents an award at the Attitude Pride Awards 2019

Please don’t write more than 200 words and also, if possible, include a picture of them and links to any online reports or supporting material that’s available.

Closing date for all submissions is Monday 26 April 2021.

Unfortunately, due to the number of submissions we receive it will only be possible to reply to you if we are considering your nomination for short-listing, but please be assured we read and consider every nomination.

Thank you!

Remind yourself of the stories of the ten inspiring LGBTQ people and allies honoured at the Attitude Pride Awards 2019 below:

Harry Brewis

Harry Brewis raised more than $330,000 (£258,000) for British transgender youth charity Mermaids – by playing Donkey Kong

Lyra McKee

When journalist and Lyra McKee was tragically shot and killed in Derry earlier this year, her partner, Sara Canning, vowed to fight for marriage equality in Northern Ireland.

Kenneth Macharia and Bristol Bisons RFC

LGBTQ rugby club Bristol Bisons have been fighting to save their teammate Kenneth Macharia from being deported by the UK Home Office to Kenya, where homosexuality is illegal.

Charlie Craggs

Charlie Craggs is helping members of the public get their nails done in exchange for sitting down and speaking with one of her fellow transgender beauty technicians.

Andrew Moffat

The assistant head of Parkfield Community School in Birmingham started the ‘No Outsiders’ lesson programme which has sparked homophobic protests from parents and a national conversation about LGBTQ-inclusive education.

Michael Gunning

Michael Gunning is the professional swimmer representing Jamaica – where homosexuality is illegal – while challenging the lack of LGBTQ representation in elite sport.

Lucky Roy Singh

Lucky Roy Singh was forced to live as a woman in order to marry the love of his life, but is now taking a stand against forced marriages and honour-based abuse.

Di Cunningham and Joe White, Three Lions Pride

The LGBTQ football fan group tackling homophobia in the sport and on the stands, who defied Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law to fly England rainbow flags during the FIFA World Cup 2018.

Finlay McFarlane

The actor is using his voice to speak up and raise awareness for male survivors of sexual violence after he was raped.

Keshav Suri

The hotelier was at the forefront of the battle to quash India’s anti-LGBTQ legislation.

Email your nomination for the Attitude pride Awards 2021 in less than 200 words to by Monday 26 April.