And the Winners Are....

Publish Date: 21/09/2012

We held our fabulous Homo Heroes Awards event, supported by Barclays, on Thursday 20th September at the Radisson Edwardian in Manchester, which saw nearly 200 people celebrate the ‘heroes’ of the LGB&T community as voted by members of the public.

Guests were welcomed with arrival drinks and piano played by Martin Cooper. After taking their seats the evening began with a minute of silence to mark the two fallen GMP officers.

Comedienne Kerry Leigh then kicked off the evening to a comical start, and had the whole room singing along to a Homo Hero version of  'I Need a Hero by Bonnie Tyler'.

Speeches followed by Paul Martin, Chief Executive of the LGF, Martin Baker from Barclays and David McGovern, Chair of the Trustee Board. Guests were then treated to a buffet before returning for the start of the awards.

And the winners are...

Community Champion of the Year goes went to Debs Bradshaw who is the Chair of Lancashire LGBT Centre and works towards ensuring the rights and recognition of the LGB&T community in Lancashire.

Business of the Year was awarded to the Co-operative RESPECT Network which aims to raise awareness of LGB&T people internally, to the Coops membership and in the wider community. 

Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Role Model of the Year went to Prossy Kakooza, a lesbian from Uganda who works to support others around the issue of LGB&T asylum and immigration as well as working with individuals and agencies to share experiences and improve the lives of others.

Public Sector Partner of the Year was won by Lancashire Constabulary for their commitment to LGB&T issues within and outside of the constabulary, providing staff time and resource to support the LGB&T community around homophobic crimes, incidents and bullying and to bring offenders to justice.

Volunteer of the Year was given to Gwyn Starkey for his ongoing commitment to LGB&T groups and organisations, working tirelessly for almost 19 years. Gwyn is currently the Chair of Icebreakers.

Community Group of the Year was won by Manchester Village Spartans an inclusive rugby team for gay, bisexual and straight men. They were commended for their part in bringing The Bingham Cup, the to Manchester earlier this year.

LGB&T Venue of the Year was won by Eagle for providing a safe and welcoming environment for men who like men, where they can be themselves without fear of judgement or harassment, regularly hosting charity events and working with voluntary and community sector groups to raise awareness, celebrating and supporting the community.

Two special awards were also given out at the event. The Alan Turing Memorial Award (in partnership with Manchester City Council) went to Julie Barnes Frank Julie Barnes-Frank was a police officer for 30 years. She was one of the first openly-gay police officers in not just Greater Manchester Police, but also in the country. 

Special commendation went to Paul Harfleet, who began the Pansy Project several years ago in response to homophobic verbal assualts and abuse. And also The Co-operatives Respect Network is an active contributor to LGB&T inclusion in Manchester and beyond. 

The Homo Hero - Outstanding Contribution To The LGB Community went to Cath Hall, foster carer of several children, LGBT activist and founder of The Albert Kennedy Trust.

Special commendation went to Duncan Craig who runs Survivors Manchester. Duncan dedicates most of his private time to its running. 

A raffle was held on the night in support of our work, raising £440, which was matched by Barclays bringing the total up to a fantastic £880.  Thank-you to all those who donated prizes.

A huge thank-you to Barclays for their support of this event.

For photos of the event click here.

  • EagleManchester

    Thanks to the LGF, all our patrons & everyone that voted for awarding us as your Venue of the Year. We were thrilled to be shortlisted and was genuinely suprised when we actually won. We'd like to respond to the comment from Paula by saying that as a men only venue we cater for a specific section of the community. Our understanding of the Homo Heroes Awards is that it celebrates excellence and achievements by the winner in their specific field. Our field is providing a safe environment where men can meet men without fear of judgement or harrassment, and it is that stance that the characteristics and foundations of our venue are built on. Not all the winners here are active in every section of our community, but if we all work together and do our upmost to provide the very best service in our fields, then our community as a whole is all the better for it. On Saturday 1st December (World Aids Day) Eagle will be open to everyone, gay, straight, male, female & transgender for our fundraising extravaganza. It would be great if you could join us then Paula.

  • Paula

    Eagle seems to be an odd choice for LBG&T Venue of the Year!! I\'m Transgendered, and they won\'t let me in! They are happy with the G bit, but they don\'t like the LB & T bits!