Lauren Jauregui, Shannon Beveridge and Clare Balding among last night’s NatWest British LGBT Awards winners

The star-studded event celebrating the LGBT community was officially awesome.



At last night’s annual NatWest British LGBT Awards, the celebs, allies and activists were out in force to celebrate the LGBT community.


Hosts Alan Carr and Mel Sykes presented the awards, which recognise the people and organisations with a record of promoting equality and diversity for LGBT people.



Among the night's winners was one of our favourite YouTubers, Shannon Beveridge, who picked up the Celebrity Rising Star Award.



She attended with YouTuber pals Rose and Rosie and dedicated her award to her younger self.



Trans activist, Olympian and reality star Caitlyn Jenner flew in especially for the event and collected the Loud And Proud Award.



Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui took the title of Celebrity Of The Year and gave her acceptance speech via video message.



The coveted Straight Ally Award went to Prince William, for his campaigning to end homophobic bullying.


Accolades were also given for achievement in both the community and the corporate sector. We were proud to see activist, writer and musician Chardine Taylor-Stone win the Outstanding Contribution to LGBT Life Award.


The star-studded guest list included the fabulous Amanda Barrie, Girls Aloud's Sarah Harding and Skin from Skunk Anansie.



Team DIVA was there, including Radio DIVA's roving reporter Rachel Shelley. We were lucky enough to chat to lots of amazing guests and winners so keep your eyes and ears peeled for more content soon.



Commenting on the winners, Alan Carr, said:


“It has been a fantastic night that has rightly celebrated people in the LGBT community who are making a real difference, as well highlighting the straight allies who give their much-needed support. So many brilliant people have won awards and there were some very special moments.”  


Awards co-founder, Sarah Garrett MBE, told us: 


“The new challenges facing the LGBT community all over the world mean that these awards are more important than ever, so it has been wonderful to celebrate such inspirational role models who send out a positive message to people everywhere that being LGBT is not and should never be a barrier to success. That is what the British LGBT Awards is all about. ” 


2017 NatWest British LGBT Award winners include:

Broadcaster of the Year:  Clare Balding

Celebrity of the Year: Lauren Jauregui

Celebrity Straight Ally: Prince William

Music Artist: Years & Years

Media Moment: Rylan Clark-Neal and Dan Clark-Neal presenting This Morning

Loud and Proud Award: Caitlin Jenner

Influencer of the Year: Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black

LGBT Celebrity Rising Star: Shannon Beveridge

Lifetime Achievement: Russell T Davies


Community and Corporate awards:

Outstanding Contribution to LGBT Life: Chardine Taylor Stone

Company of the Year: Barclays

Corporate Straight Ally: David Bryan, Cheshire Constabulary

Destination of the Year: Miami

LGBT Inspirational Leader: Sue Baines, Barclays

Diversity Champion of the Year: Samantha Jayne Nelson, Marsh UK

Charity of the Year: Kick it Out

LGBT Network Group: Network Rail

Brand or Marketing Campaign of the Year: Netflix

Corporate Rising Star: Christina Riley, Balfour Beatty


Photography: Talie Eigeland




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