Harry Styles has won the Gay Times Honour for LGBTQ Advocate.

The British singer-songwriter was announced as the winner during a lavish ceremony at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool this evening, acknowledging his position as a vital LGBTQ ally in promoting a message of inclusivity and equality for a young audience.

Styles uses his platform to make sure his LGBTQ fans feel accepted and noticed, which was most superbly displayed earlier this year with The Rainbow Project.

A group of fans turned one of his headline shows into an LGBTQ spectacle, lighting up the arena with a sea of rainbow lights.

“Harry himself was an inspiration for us as he’s a big supporter of the LGBTQ community,” the organiser of the project told us, adding that the star makes sure his concerts are a safe space for everybody.

Lady Gaga, Brockhampton, CupcakKe, and The 1975’s Matt Healy were all nominated for the Gay Times Honour for LGBTQ Advocate alongside Harry Styles.

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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.

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.