Headline sponsored by The Bank of London, the event was co-hosted by Julian Clary and Victoria Scone
BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGES BY GETTY IMAGES
Happy Pride Month, DIVAs! To commemorate fifty years since the first Pride Protest, we spent the evening celebrating The Bank of London Rainbow Honours at London’s famous 8 Northumberland Avenue. Co-hosted by comic Julian Clary and drag artist Victoria Scone, the Bank of London Rainbow Honours exists to honour LGBTQI trailblazers and their allies across community, corporates, charity and more.
With attendance from Stephen Fry, Paul O’Grady, Philip Schofield, Anna Richardson, Gok Wan, Jack Monroe, River Medway, the cast of Heartstopper and many, many more, the evening was entirely star-studded. Dawn Butler MP and Victoria Scone, the first lesbian drag artist to compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, shared a cheeky little kiss onstage to mark the occasion. It’s Pride Month, after all.
Rainbow Honours founder and DIVA publisher Linda Riley kicked off the evening with a poignant speech, reinforcing both how far we’ve come, and how far we still have to go. All in all, the evening reinforced why we still need Pride Month. From a breathtaking acceptance speech led by Lady Phyll at UK Black Pride – who were crowned Community Initiative of the Year – to Stephen Fry’s astounding introduction to the winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Rupert Whitaker and Martyn Butler, the political spirit was in the air. Dawn Butler MP demonstrated undying allyship, citing the failure to include trans people in the Conversion Therapy Ban as a damning failure.
Asexual activist Yasmin Benoit took home Campaigner/Influencer of the Year, UK Black Pride the Community Initiative and Mermaids the coveted Charity of the Year Award, for which headline sponsor The Bank of London donated an astonishing £10,000. Supporting trans and gender diverse children and their families since 1995, this award couldn’t have gone to a more deserving organisation.
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