Liverpool announced as host city for 2018 Gay Times Honours
Mayor Joe Anderson to fly the LGBTQ rainbow flag at Liverpool Town Hall to mark the announcement
Global LGBTQ media brand, Gay Times, has announced that it’s illustrious annual awards ceremony will take place in Liverpool this autumn.
Famous faces and high profile figures from the LGBTQ community will descend on Liverpool for the Gay Times Honours at the Walker Art Gallery on 8 November. It is the first time Gay Times has held a flagship event of this scale in the UK outside of London and Liverpool was selected based on Walker’s Art Gallery’s ongoing commitment to LGBTQ representation in its permanent and temporary collection.
The decision to bring the prestigious event to Liverpool, which will recognise individuals and organisations who have had a profound impact of the lives of LGBTQ people, was announced by Gay Times owner James Frost and Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson on Wednesday 29 August.
Established in 1984, Gay Times is Europe’s longest running LGBTQ magazine and has the largest social reach of any queer publication globally. In 2017, the publication embarked on a huge rebrand with a commitment to amplifying queer voices from all over the globe. Each issue is presented with various covers to ensure that the brand reaches diverse audiences from across the LGBTQ community.
10 honourees will be awarded on the night with each award winner immortalised in a unique portrait which will go on display for 14 days at the Walker Art Gallery after the ceremony. Gay Times will also announce a headline performer for the event over the next few weeks.
Gay Times say the decision to come to Liverpool was influenced by the city’s cultural appeal. Gay Times owner, James Frost, said:
“Liverpool is a wonderfully vibrant, thriving and culturally diverse city so it is a natural destination for Gay Times Honours. These awards are all about shining a light on people in the public eye, and those from everyday life, who have done remarkable things to advance the rights of the LGBTQ community and we’re very excited to be doing this in Liverpool.
“There will be a number of high-profile celebrity names but we will also be paying tribute to local heroes. Everyone is going to be talking about Gay Times Honours when it takes place on 8 November.”
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said:
“Our city continues to attract major events but this is particularly special because it brings together inspirational people who have and continue to use their platform to promote and enhance LGBTQ equality all over the world.
“The spotlight will be firmly on the city on 8 November and so we’ll be working with Gay Times to make sure the occasion is a massive success. I’m incredibly proud that Gay Times has chosen us.”
A special tribute will also be made to Michael Causer at the Gay Times Honours. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the teenagers death following a homophonic attack in 2008.
More details about the ceremony will be announced in the coming weeks including news on the events celebrity host.
Charlotte Keenan, Curator of British Art at National Museums Liverpool, said:
"The Walker is delighted to host this year’s Gay Times Honours. National Museums Liverpool is dedicated to exhibiting all aspects of culture while tackling social, historical and contemporary issues. We have a strong commitment to human rights, social justice and equality for all. The representation and contribution LGBTQ+ people have made to society over a long period of time has been largely misinterpreted or omitted. The Walker is committed to correcting this, through projects in close collaboration with LGBTQ+ audiences and groups, including Pride and Prejudice, retrospectively researching LGBTQ+ history in our collections making new acquisitions for the collection by LGBTQ+ artists.
"Last year, our 2017 exhibition Coming Out was the UK’s largest contemporary art exhibition exploring sexuality and gender in art, and we continue to work closely with our community partners to build the Walker’s LGBTQ+ programme and collections. We are really pleased to be recognised for our ongoing work to ensure representation and visibility for LGBTQ+ artists and history in our collections, displays and programming, and look forward to welcoming Gay Times Honours to the Gallery as we continue our work."
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