Awards Season in the LGBT Community

It’s awards season in the LGBT Community, and there are a range of opportunities to celebrate what and who makes being a lesbian great. Whilst not all offer public voting, many do. Some awards are lesbian/bi women specific. With categories From DJ of the year to Dating Service to Brand of the year, lesbians can nominate, vote, support their heroes, friends and the women and companies behind what makes a thriving scene, social and community for us all.

1.       Ultimate Planet Awards

Launched in 2013, these awards are deeply rooted in the community. Unlike many of the other awards available, these are grass roots. What makes these awards different is that they welcome input from the community and they celebrate Lesbian and Bi women specifically. Lesbians can nominate anyone for a variety of awards and then vote for the final shortlisted awards. The organisers have spent some time coming up with award categories that aims to appreciate and acknowledge lesbians within the community.

Categories available are:

DJ of the year | arts event of the year | lesbian friendly venue of the year | social group of the year | youth group of the year | local network/forum of the year | professional network of the year | most creative club night of the year | new club night of the year | daytime event of the year | festival of the year | blogger of the year | self-published author of the year | published author of the year | musician of the year | comedian of the year | lesbian-friendly comedy of the year | news service of the year | dating/networking service of the year | lesbian themed theatre of the year | lesbian themed film of the year | web series of the year | radio show of the year | volunteer of the year | community project worker of the year | woman of the year

Website: http://www.ultimate-planet.com/UltimatePlanetAwards/index.html

Awards format: nominations by lesbians, voted for by lesbians and winners sent an electronic jpeg award

Timing: nominations are received in October, voting in November and winners announced in December

MLR logo2.       My Lesbian Radio Golden Kitty Awards

Early 2014 will see the 6th Annual Kitty Awards reviewing 2013... Denise & Donna announce their picks for all sorts of categories, Best and Worst of the year in keeping with the format of their show. These awards had a humble beginning when Denise picked up the discarded show lists from 2006 one evening and realised how much goodness there had been. And that it needed celebrating.

Categories available change yearly based on what’s been hot or not throughout the year, but have included:

Best Surprise Guest | Best Interview | Best Pee Moment | Best Dare Fulfilled | Best Meal | Best Lesbian Web Series | Best Lesbian Film | Worst Lesbian Couple | Best Lesbian on TV | Best TV Snarky Bitch | Biggest Tool of 2012 | Best Lesbian Content Site | Best Band

Website: http://www.mylesbianradio.com

Awards Format: winners nominated and voted by Denise and Donna and sent an electronic jpeg award, the Golden Kitty show includes the unmissable Red Carpet Live pre-show.

Timing: winners are announced in January during an episode of the Lesbian Lounge.

NDAs3.       National Diversity Awards

Since 2006 the National Diversity Awards have been promoting diversity across the UK. Nominations and voting takes place from January to September. There is a ceremony in September each year where the winners are announced. The National Diversity Awards are for everyday people that perform miracles everyday in their communities and include all diversity categories including LGBT.

Categories available are:

Positive Role Model* | Entrepreneur of Excellence* | Community Organisation/Charity* | Diverse Company of the Year | Lifetime Achiever Award

*split into age; disability; gender; lgbt; and race, religion and faith

Website: http://www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/

Awards Format: nominated by anyone, nominated group/people then have to submit evidence and support, winners decided by a panel and announced at a formal awards ceremony

Timing: Nominations and voting between January and September and winners announced in September

Stonewall awards4.       Stonewall Awards

Celebrates those who have made a positive impact on the lives of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Britain over the last 12 months.

The eighth annual Stonewall Awards ceremony, supported by Gender Gap as well as Google, the Inclusive Foundation, Square Peg Media and Paddy Power takes place on Thursday 7 November at the V&A in London. Tickets are £198 inc VAT. To book your ticket visit www.stonewall.org.uk/awards or contact Maria Anna Petrou on 020 7593 2294.

Categories available are:

Entertainer of the Year | Journalist of the Year | Publication of the Year | Sports Award of the Year | Writer of the Year | Advert of the Year

Website: http://www.stonewall.org.uk/media/current_releases/9274.asp?dm_i=FBX,1U7O6,3UBU7U,6KYJC,1

Awards Format: nominations decided by Stonewall and is voted for by a celebrity judging panel which in 2013 includes Skunk Anansie star Skin, Richard Madeley, Matthew Parris, Jeanette Winterson and Will Young

Timing: Nominations are announced in October and winners announced in November

G35.       Out and G3 Awards

Launched in 2012, the Out and G3 Awards cover a range of categories celebrating the individuals, companies and groups that are outstanding in the field of LGBT equality.

Categories available are:

LGBT Network Group of the Year | Charity or Community Initiative of the Year | LGBT Diversity Champion of the Year | Brand of the Year | Best Event of the Year | ‘Straight Ally’ of the Year | Marketing Campaign of the Year | Sports person of the Year | Broadcaster of the Year | Celebrity of the Year | Inspirational Role Model of the Year | Rising Star of the Year | Lifetime Achievement

Awards Format: nominations and voting by readers of G3 magazine and Out in the City Magazine

Timing: Nominations are open October to December and winners announced the following April