Demi Lovato, Halsey and Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick also made the star-studded shortlist

The British LGBT Awards has released its shortlist for the 2019 ceremony with girl band Little Mix, singer Ellie Goulding, Sex And The City actor turned politician Cynthia Nixon and TV personalities Stephen Fry and Susanna Reid all nominated for gongs.

The awards in association with Clifford Chance and NatWest, celebrate the campaigners, community activists and allies who have helped to advance the fight for LGBT+ rights during the past 12 months. 

The event, which takes place on Friday 17 May and is the biggest annual gay awards show in Britain’s red carpet calendar, also sees Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer up for the Celebrity Ally award after playing Villanelle in the BBC’s Golden Globe-winning drama. The Ally category also sees Naomi Campbell, Jameela Jamil and Benedict Cumberbatch recognised for their support of the LGBT+ community. 

Rylan Clark-Neal joins Gok Wan, Ruby Rose, Gillian Anderson and Cara Delevingne in the LGBT+ Celebrity category.

Without Me singer Halsey, Kesha, Demi Lovato and Rita Ora will battle it out alongside Jaden Smith to be recognised as Music Artist of the year. 

Meanwhile, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick is expected to attend the ceremony after being nominated for the high profile Inspirational Leader accolade. 

Google, Vodafone, Boohoo and LinkedIn are amongst some of the major organisations vying for prizes on the night.

Sarah Garrett MBE, founder of the British LGBT Awards, said: 

“A really broad mix of deserving people and organisations have been nominated in the 2019 British LGBT Awards – it’s our most diverse shortlist yet. From actors to musicians, TV personalities and influencers, the list is an amazing group of role models who have supported the community and shown their commitment to raising awareness and advancing LGBT+ rights.”

Marjorie Strachan, Head of Inclusion, NatWest said:

“NatWest is pleased to continue our partnership with The British LGBT Awards. The awards are about more than recognising the nominees and winners, they are about creating a change in attitudes towards diversity and inclusion in every part of the UK. This is something that we are committed to, and proud to celebrate.”

Narind Singh, Corporate partner at Clifford Chance, said:

“We’re incredibly proud to be the headline sponsor of this year’s British LGBT Awards. Diversity and inclusion is central to our strategy as we believe that that people flourish and perform at their very best in a collegiate and supportive environment. The British LGBT Awards shortlist is packed with inspirational individuals who use their own platforms to promote equality within the workplace and beyond, and we look forward to seeing who is honoured on the night.”

The winners will be announced at a ceremony taking place at the Marriott Grosvenor Square in London on Friday 17 May.

The public are invited to cast their votes for the winners now at

The 2019 British LGBT Award nominees in full:

Celebrity Ally – 

Benedict Cumberbatch

Dua Lipa

Ellie Goulding

Jameela Jamil

Jodie Comer

Little Mix

Michael B. Jordan

Naomi Campbell

Susanna Reid

Timothée Chalamet 

LGBT+ Celebrity – 

Amandla Stenberg

Cara Delevingne

Cynthia Nixon

Ezra Miller

Gillian Anderson

Gok Wan

John Barrowman

Lena Waithe

Ruby Rose

Rylan Clark-Neal

Broadcaster or Journalist – 

Amplify Dot (A.Dot)

Anna Richardson

Edward Enninful

Jonathan Van Ness

Liv Little

Paris Lees

Paul O’Grady

Phillip Picardi


Stephen Fry

Sports Personality –

Adam Rippon

Gareth Thomas

Gus Kenworthy

Keegan Hirst

Mark Foster

Mel Reid

Nicola Adams

Parinya Charoenphol

Tadd Fujikawa

Zack Leader

Music Artist – 

Billie Eilish

Demi Lovato


Hayley Kiyoko

Jaden Smith

Janelle Monáe


Rita Ora

Troye Sivan


Media Moment – 

ITV’s Coronation Street’s Rana and Kate storyline

Courtney Act wins Channel 4’s CBB and hosts The Bi Life

Disobedience starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams

Netflix’s Nanette by Hannah Gadsby

ITV’s Butterfly release

20th Century Fox’s Love, Simon 

Netflix’s Queer Eye Season 2

The CW’s Supergirl features trans actor playing first ever trans superhero

Freeform’s The Bold Type Kat and Adena storyline

The Miseducation Of Cameron Post starring Chloë Grace Moretz

Online Influencer – 

Calle y Poché

Chella Man

Jazz Jennings

Karin & Skyler

Keiynan Lonsdale 

Melanie Murphy

Munroe Bergdorf

Pabllo Vittar

Teddy Edwardes

Travis Alabanza

Charity or Community Initiative –

Ditch The Label



Gendered Intelligence


HRC Foundation

LGBT Youth Scotland

Love Equality NI


Naz and Matt Foundation

Outstanding Contribution To LGBT+ Life

Baroness Elizabeth Barker

Claire Harvey MBE

Dinesh Bhugra CBE

Joanie Evans

Khakan Qureshi

Marc Thompson

Peter Tatchell

Reeta Loi

Tim Sigsworth MBE

Tuvia Borok

Brand or Marketing Campaign – 


Amazon Alexa

Boohoo: Pride Collection

Calvin Klein: Wear Yours With Pride

H&M Pride Collection

Levi’s: Be Proud. Be Bold. Be Yourself.


River Island: #LabelsAreForClothes

Spotify: Pride Stories

Volvo: Drive with Pride

LGBT+ Inspirational Leader – 

Cressida Dick CBE, Metropolitan Police

Emma Woollcott, Mishcon De Reya

Geffrye Parsons, Macquarie Group

Geoff Godwin, AIG

Joshua Graff, LinkedIn

Mark Armario, Barclays

Martin Parkes, BlackRock

Ollie Saunders, JLL

Pedro Pina, Google

Richard Hodgson, Linklaters

Corporate Ally – 

Cathy Travers, Mott MacDonald

Helen Milford, Argos

Jim Herbert, AON

Michael Marks, LGIM

Peter Harrison, Schroders

Dr Rebecca Emerson, Oliver Wyman

Simon Hodgkinson, BP

Stephanie Smith, Allianz Insurance

Steve Hails, Thames Tideway Tunnel

Tim Craddock, Network Rail

Diversity Hero – 

Amanda McKay, Balfour Beatty

Ben Foat, Post Office

David Pearson, KPMG

Denise Hart, PWC

Erik Tomlin, Viacom International Media Networks

Maureen Wanjiku, Amazon

Neha-Jasmin (Jas), GSK

Rob Hudson, St. Modwen

Simone Joachim, Rolls-Royce 

Tom Kohler, Deloitte


Bhavik Pancholi, TSB 

Brian Kennedy, Dentons

Jemma Kameen, Sainsbury’s

Karen Flynn-Macfarlane, RBS 

Lieutenant Commander Gordon Jones, Royal Navy

Mandy Rayment, Dentsu Aegis Network

Marion Bentata, State Street

Nadine Rae, TSSA

Oliver Holmes, Accenture

Tim Evans, Gowling WLG


4Pride, Channel 4

Gayglers UK Chapter (LGBTQ+ Employee Engagement Group), Google

HSBC Pride Network, HSBC

Kaleidoscope, Arcadis

Microsoft Gleam ERG, Microsoft

Moody’s LGBTA ERG, Moody’s

Open&Out UK, Johnson & Johnson’s LGBT+ and Ally Network

Open Pride UK, Omnicom Group

PlayStation LGBT+ Group, Sony PlayStation

Spectrum, Barclays

Inclusive Company or Employer – 



Credit Suisse

Heathrow Airport

Lloyds Banking Group

Metro Bank

Northern Trust


The Walt Disney Company

Vodafone Group

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