Antony Cotton was among the big winners at this year’s Stonewall Awards, held at the V&A on Thursday 7 November and supported by Gender Gap.
The soap favourite was commended for his decade of walking the nation’s most famous cobbled street as a proud gay role model. He was joined by Mamas & Papas, CBBC’s Marrying Mum & Dad and the Metro newspaper who also took home awards for their support of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Britain.
Nearly 500 people, including celebrities, sports stars, politicians and writers, joined host Susan Calman at the ceremony to honour those who’ve made a positive contribution to the lives of Britain’s 3.7 million gay people, whilst at the same time helping to raise over £180,000 for the charity.
Thousands of Stonewall supporters voted to name Lord Alli and the Russian LGBT Network as joint Hero of the Year. Lord Alli has been a tireless advocate for equality since he became the first openly gay member of the House of Lords 15 years ago. He was instrumental in successfully navigating equal marriage through the House of Lords this year.
The Russian LGBT Network was recognised for its courageous work to support gay people in Russia despite gay ‘propaganda’ bans and ever increasing hostility. In a statement the Russian LGBT Network said that Britain’s ‘journey from Section 28 to marriage equality inspires us as we campaign against those who seek to deny us our fundamental human rights’.
Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said: ‘In a landmark year for equality the Stonewall Award winners really do exemplify the very best of British. Each and every one of our winners has made the world a better place for gay people and will continue to inspire millions of people through their work’.
Sam Jones, CEO of Stonewall Award 2013 supporters Gender Gap, said: ‘We’re incredibly proud to support the Stonewall Awards. The individuals and organisations recognised this evening have campaigned tirelessly to make the world a better place. That’s a vision and a mission we share at Gender Gap.’
Hero of the Year (supported by Gender Gap) – Lord Alli and the Russian LGBT Network
Broadcast of the Year – CBBC’s Marrying Mum & Dad
Entertainer of the Year – Antony Cotton (Coronation Street)
Journalist of the Year – Grace Dent (The Independent)
Politician of the Year – Baroness Stowell of Beeston
Publication of the Year – Metro
Sports Award of the Year (supported by Paddy Power) – Cardiff Lions
Writer of the Year – Damian Barr (Maggie and Me)
Community Group of the Year (supported by Square Peg Media and the Inclusive Foundation) – Quaker Lesbian & Gay Fellowship
Advert of the Year – Mamas & Papas
Bigot of the Year – Pat Robertson