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Eivind Hansen has won the Gay Times Honour for Art and Culture supported by dwell.

The fashion photographer was presented the Honour during a lavish ceremony at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool this evening, acknowledging his contribution to raising awareness of issues within the community.

Last year he used his platform to create bright, bold and beautiful portraits of female trans activists to help raise awareness around the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, leading up to marking Transgender Day of Remembrance on 20 November.

“I think this recognition is going to help me a lot in seeing the value of the work that I create,” Eivind said of his win.

“Just the nomination alone already gave me so much more confidence and it’s helping me in believing that the path I’ve chosen is the right one.”

Sadie Sinner and Kate O’Donnell were both nominated for the Gay Times Honour for Art and Culture alongside Eivind Hansen.

The Gay Times Honours recognise those who have had a tremendous impact on what it means for us to live openly and freely as LGBTQ people in modern Britain.

The 13 Honourees will each receive a specially commissioned piece of artwork created by Ed Firth, which will form a 14-day exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery.

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Gay Times Honours 2018 was hosted by Mary Mac to an invited LGBTQ audience.

Arup – the engineering and design company – is one of our major sponsors, reaffirming their commitment to the LGBTQ community.

They are joined by banking and asset management group Investec, apprenticeship and pre-employment course providers Training Strategies, and furniture and home decoration company dwell as key supporters of Gay Times Honours 2018.

Virgin Trains is our official travel partner, who rolled out the red carpet at London Euston for a very special Gay Times Honours Express service to Liverpool.

Barclays are our banking partner, following their support for Liverpool Pride earlier this year.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson backed the Gay Times Honours, reaffirming their city’s support for the LGBTQ community. What’s more, the event has also been supported by Knowsley Council.

Leading hotelier Signature Living Group is our hospitality partner and hosted the official Gay Times Honours afterparty at a Grade II listed building located at the Pier Head at world-famous Albert Dock UNESCO World Heritage site.