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Travis Alabanza has won the Gay Times Honour for Future Fighters, supported by Kaleidoscope Trust.

The activist and poet was presented the Honour during a lavish ceremony at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool this evening, acknowledging them being one of the most prominent voices in the trans movement who is shining beacon that fights the social injustices faced by the LGBTQ community.

“It feels like a really humbling moment, so often when you are working non-stop, you do not get a chance to reflect, you are often pushing towards the next thing, and receiving this honour was a really beautiful moment to reflect on being 23, surviving, and the possible impact of my work,” said Travis of their win.

“I don’t ever really think about it, as I’m just making and doing, so it feels really quite emotional to be recognised by the community in this way.

“There are so many incredible voices in our community, before even mentioning the personal heroes of mine that I was nominated with, so it also feels like an important way to recognise not just my work – but those of many people fighting for better futures.”

Kuchenga, Nicolay Alexeyev, Jamie Windust and Krishna Omkar were all nominated for the Gay Times Honour for Future Fighters alongside Travis Alabanza.

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.