By Laura Harding, PA Deputy Entertainment Editor
Demi Lovato, Hillary Clinton and Olly Alexander were among the winners of the 2021 British LGBT Awards, while Phillip Schofield was honored with a special award.
Pop star Lovato, Which came out as non-binary earlier this year and now uses the pronouns she / she was named Celebrity of the Year at the star-studded event hosted by presenter Gok Wan and Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK winner Lawrence Chaney.
The awards honor the best British and international LGBT talent, as well as the allies and organizations that support them.
Ms. Clinton, a former US Secretary of State and presidential candidate, was awarded the Global Ally Award.
Ms. Clinton videolinked the ceremony and said she “couldn’t be more proud of the LGBT community to stand, “adding that” more work needs to be done to change laws and change hearts and minds “until LGBT people achieve full equality.
Years & Years singer Alexander was chosen for his role in Russell T Davies’ AIDS drama It’s A Sin, which won the Media Moment Award.
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This Morning Star Schofield, who announced he was gay last year, delivered an emotional video message when he received a special recognition award.
Schofield was married to wife Steph, with whom he has two daughters, for more than 20 years when he shared the news about his sexuality.
Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams, part of the first same-sex couple from Strictly Come Dancing won the LGBT role model award, while singer Anne-Marie was named Music Artist of the Year.
Spice Girls star Melanie C won the Allies Award for her work with the drag collective Sink the Pink , while Cooking With The Stars host Tom Allen was named Broadcaster of the Year.
England footballer Conor Coady and Wolverhampton Wanderers won the Football Ally Award, which was introduced this year to address the shortage of gay, Highlight bisexual and gender-specific representation in the top leagues of sport.
Coady, who supported Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign to make football more inclusive for LGBT people, said he was “deeply honored and incredibly proud” to be recognized.
The host At the ceremony, Wan said, “Tonight so many brilliant and deserving LGBT people and allies have been recognized. It’s wonderful to be part of this event. “
The Awards Founder Sarah Garrett added,” We were delighted to be able to hold a celebration for the people who work hard after 18 difficult months to advocate and advance LGBT rights.
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