Music, television, film and entertainment’s impact on LGBT equality cannot be understated, though it might often be overlooked.
Thanks to the ubiquity of television, openly gay pop stars danced their way into homes in the remotest parts of the country, children saw their parents laughing with camp and hilarious chat show hosts, and news programmes – as reported by intrepid journalists – shone much needed light on the struggles faced by the LGBT community around the nation.
The short list for the Jackie Forster Gay Times Honour is as follows:
- Paul O’Grady MBE (Lily Savage, The Paul O’Grady Show)
- Bronski Beat (all members were openly gay, and their music reflected this)
- Russell T Davies OBE (Queer As Folk, Cucumber)
- Boy George (Lead singer of Culture Club)
- Isaac Julien CBE (Director of Looking For Langston)
- Sandi Toksvig OBE (Founder of Women’s Equality Party)
- East Enders (Famed for positive LGBT+ story arcs that reflected real issues of the community)
On Saturday 18 November 2017, Gay Times will present Gay Times Honours – an evening that will recognise organisations and individuals who have had a tremendous impact over the past 50 years on what it means to live openly and freely as LGBT+ people in Britain today.
The Gay Times Honours will be presented at the National Portrait Gallery, which was founded in 1856 to promote, through portraits, the appreciation of men and women who have made and are making British history and culture, and which has a long history of providing a platform for the voices of the LGBT+ community.