British LGBT Awards : We’ve been shortlisted

British LGBT Awards : We’ve been shortlisted

The British LGBT Awards announced the shortlists for their 17 award categories on 17th February 2016. The awards, referred to as the ‘Gay Oscars’ by many, are designed to showcase individuals and organisations who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the LGBT community.

Amongst those shortlisted for awards are a plethora of celebrities including Years & Years front man Olly Alexander who is in the running for the ‘Celebrity Rising Star Award’, Clare Balding who is shortlisted for the ‘Broadcaster Award’ and Caitlyn Jenner who is up for the ‘LGBT Celebrity Award’.

We’re delighted to see so many ‘Friends of Inclusive Networks’ shortlisted for the corporate awards including GLEE@PwC, OUT at Tesco and the Rainbow Network (Lloyds Banking Group), who are amongst the eight networks shortlisted for ‘LGBT Network Group’.

The corporate categories are :

  • Corporate Rising Star
  • Inspirational Role Model
  • LGBT Network Group
  • Employer of the Year
  • Corporate Straight Ally
  • Diversity Champion
  • Other awesome people shortlisted for awards include Jacqui Gavin, Alicia Millar and Lt Cmdr Chris Wood for ‘Diversity Champion’, Ayla Holdom and Lee Marshall for ‘Inspirational Role Model’ and Caroline Shrader and Dr Mark McBride-Wright for ‘Corporate Rising Star’. Check out their website for the full shortlist.

    “We’ve only just started on our journey and this recognition has given us an extra boost to keep developing our website, events and reward and recognition initiatives and most importantly, to keep authentically celebrating the awesome work of network groups and inspiring people all over the UK.”

    We’re proud to announce that Inclusive Networks have been shortlisted for the ‘Charity / Community Initiative Award’, alongside amazing organisations including Stonewall, LGBT Foundation and First Trans Youth Network.

    On hearing the news of the shortlisting, Thomas Anderson, Founder of Inclusive Networks, said : “To be entering our second year and to have received this amazing recognition is a proud moment for myself and fantastic recognition for our small team of awesome contributors. We’ve only just started on our journey and this recognition has given us an extra boost to keep developing our website, events and reward and recognition initiatives and most importantly, to keep authentically celebrating the awesome work of network groups and inspiring people all over the UK. It really means a lot to us.”

    Sarah Garrett, Founder of the British LGBT Awards, said : “I’m very excited for this year’s RBS sponsored awards. The event is set to be the best yet and will firmly confirm our position Britain’s biggest LGBT event. The 2016 shortlist showcases a huge range of LGBT celebrities and straight allies who are doing wonderful things for and on behalf of the LGBT community.”

    Voting is now open for the celebrity and community awards, closing on 22nd March. The corporate categories will be judged by a panel that includes Angela Eagle MP, Andy Woodfield (Partner at PwC and network champion) and Vinay Kapoor (Head of Diversity & Inclusion at BNP Paribas).

    The winners of the awards will be announced at the awards ceremony on Friday 13th May 2016 at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London.

    KEEP CONNECTED WITH THE BRITISH LGBT AWARDS :

    www.britishlgbtawards.co.uk

    About The Author

    Thomas Anderson

    Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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