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The winners from the 2022 Virgin Atlantic Attitude Awards, powered by Jaguar

Meet all the winners of the 2022 Virgin Atlantic Attitude Awards, powered by Jaguar.

The 2022 Virgin Atlantic Attitude Awards, powered by Jaguar winners
The winners of the 2022 Virgin Atlantic Attitude Awards, powered by Jaguar

Man of the Year, supported by Virgin Atlantic – Josh Cavallo

Josh Cavallo on the cover of Attitude
Josh wears shirt by Sandro, ring from stylist’s archive, his own cross necklace throughout, and stylist’s own silver necklace. (Image: Sam Wong/Attitude)

“I’m a footballer and I’m gay” — in just six words Australian midfielder Josh Cavallo became the world’s only openly gay male player in the game’s top flight, but he could never have guessed the butterfly effect his announcement would have on other LGBTQ+s around the globe, both within the sport and beyond.

The Culture Award, supported by Jaguar – Layton Williams

Layton Williams on the cover of Attitude
Layton Williams wears jacket and trousers by Patrick McDowell, bodysuit by Rufskin, and earrings and ring by Van Cleef & Arpels (Image: Dean Ryan McDaid/Attitude)

As he returns for the new series of Jack Whitehall’s BBC comedy Bad Education — with his character, fabulously flamboyant pupil, Stephen, now an irresponsible, look-turning teacher — The Culture Award-winner Layton Williams schools Attitude on inner confidence and overcoming adversity.

The Music Award, supported by Jaguar – Cat Burns

Cat Burns on the cover of Attitude
Cat Burns wears suit by Helen Anthony, shoes by Underground, rings by pawnshop, and Cat’s own necklace (Image: Jack Alexander/Attitude)

From busking on the South Bank to supporting Ed Sheeran on tour and creating the nakedly emotional ‘Go’ — the second biggest-selling song of the summer, — rising star Cat Burns was the obvious choice for this year’s Music Award.

The Broadcast Award – Rob Rinder MBE

Judge Rob Rinder
Judge Rob Rinder (Image: Provided)

He’s presided over daytime TV with his reality courtroom series Judge Rinder since 2014. Right-minded magistrate Robert Rinder became a multimedia broadcasting powerhouse.

The Breakthrough Award – Jack Rooke

Jack Rooke, the creator of Big Boys
Jack Rooke wears full look by Lazy Oaf (Image: Jack Alexander/Attitude)

Comedian Jack Rooke is the writer of the semi-autobiographical Channel 4 queer comedy, Big Boys, which, following a rapturous reception, has just been commissioned for a second series.

The TV Award – Heartstopper

The cast of Heartstopper
Yasmin wears jacket, top, skirt, and earrings by Moschino, choker, earrings, and rings stylist’s own; Kit wears shirt by MCQ, tank top by DSquared2, trousers by Moschino , and trainers by Adidas; Will wears leather jacket and tank top by DSquared2, trousers by Fiorucci, and trainers by Converse; Joe wears blazer, shirt, trousers by Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello (Photography: Jordan Rossi; Fashion: Joseph Kocharian; Yasmin’s hair by Silas Maiden; Yasmin’s makeup by Emily Wood at A-Frame Agency using Danessa Myricks; Hair and Make up for Joe, Kit, and Will by Sven Bayerbach at Carole Hayes using M.A.C. Cosmetics and Bumble And Bumble; Grooming Assistant: Vivi Melo; Fashion Assistants: Sacha Dance, Bella Azura Dupee)

A realistic and joyful depiction of two teenage boys falling in love for the first time, Heartstopper is a runaway TV hit that represents sexuality and gender in all their technicolour glory.

The Icon Award, supported by Virgin Atlantic – Skin

Skin on the cover of Attitude
Skin wears jumpsuit and top by Burberry, bra by Gossard, shoes by Underground (Image: Shenell Kennedy/Attitude)

Songwriter, ferocious frontwoman of Skunk Anansie, and “clit rock” icon Skin opens up about carving out her own sonic aesthetic and her disinterest in playing by music industry rules. She also touches on race and sexuality and the importance of owning your uniqueness.

The Community Award – Sink The Pink

Amy Zing and Glyn Fussell
Amy Zing and Glyn Fussell (Image: Jordan Rossi)

This spring, we bid a tearful farewell to influential queer club night Sink The Pink after an indomitable 14 years of fun and frolics. Attitude speaks to its founders Glyn Fussell and Amy Zing to reflect on its glittering legacy and most prominent party-goers —including Bryan Adams and health guru Gillian McKeith (yes, really)

The Inspiration Award – The Vivienne

The Vivienne
The Vivienne (Image: Provided)

Since The Vivienne was crowned the first winner of Drag Race UK three years ago, she’s barely looked back. In our audience with her, The Viv talks overcoming addiction, and why she’s never returning to the show that made her a star.

The Gamechanger Award – John Whaite and Johannes Radebe

Johannes Radebe and John Whaite
Johannes Radebe wears tank top by Sunspel, and John Whaite wears tank top by Rufskin and necklace by Pawnshop (Image: Dean Ryan McDaid/Attitude)

John Whaite and Johannes Radebe  waltzed into Strictly history when they became the first male partnership on the BBC’s hit show

The Book Award – Fat Tony

Fat Tony
Fat Tony (Image: James Anastasi)

Decades of abusing drugs and drink tore Fat Tony’s life apart. After getting sober, he began the long journey of rebuilding his life and career. In his Sunday Times bestselling autobiography, I Don’t Take Requests, the DJ speaks candidly about his battle with addiction, childhood sexual abuse and his HIV status. He tells Attitude how writing it forced him to finally face his demons.

Attitude’s Honorary Gay – Melanie C

Melanie C on the cover of Attitude
Melanie C wears custom vest by Graham Cruz Studio (Image: Mark Cant/Attitude)

After a Sink The Pink-empowered gear change and on the eve of the release of her tea-spilling new memoir, Who I Am, Attitude sits down with pop icon Melanie C to talk LGBTQ allyship and Spice Girls deep cuts.

The Attitude Awards issue is out now