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PinkNews Awards 2013

Team GT supported our news-based brothers and sisters at this year's celebration

It was a night of celebration at the inaugural PinkNews Awards, to say the least. Not only were big businesses and politicians recognised for their continuing contributions to the LGBT community, but PinkNews’ own deputy editor Joseph McCormick made a heartfelt marriage proposal to his partner James Hanson. He said yes, by the way.

We were invited down to the lavish State Rooms of the Speaker’s House, in the Palace of Westminster, for the bash, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Equalities Minister Helen Grant, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and Shadow Chancellor – and social media phenomenon himself – Ed Balls.

PinkNews readers voted in their thousands to award Mike Freer MP with Parliamentary Speech of the Year, Amazon Kindle with Advertising Campaign of the Year and Out4Marriage, Lobby A Lord, Coalition for Equal Marriage and Equal Marriage with the collective Community Group of the Year Award.

And a panel of independent judges gave the nod to InterTech for Business Network of the Year, and the duo of Yvette Cooper and Baroness Stowell of Beeston who both shared the Politician of the Year Award.

What these awards help to recognise are the changes that are being made to our lives every day, as we continue to fight for absolute equality. If it wasn’t for the likes of winners like Mr Freer, or the collective community groups who have battled tirelessly in the name of the ground-breaking marriage (Same Sex Couples Act), Joseph and James wouldn’t have been able to share in the simple pleasure of committing their lives to one another.

2013 has been a landmark year for LGBT equality alone, but there’s still a long way to go. We personally can’t wait to find out what the next 12 months have in store, and which unsung heroes will be getting the recognition they deserve at next year’s PinkNews awards.

But in the meantime, mazel tov to Joseph and James from all of us here at GT. We’re already picking out hats and eagerly awaiting our invite.

Words: Ryan Butcher

To see Nick Clegg thanking the British public for being ahead of politicians in supporting equal marriage head over to the PinkNews website.

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