Homo Hero Awards 2011 - Vote now closed.

Publish Date: 07/09/2011

UPDATE: The Homo Hero Awards public vote closed today at 10am. Thanks to all those who voted for those groups, organisations and individuals that make a difference in lesbian, gay and bisexual people's lives.

The winners of the seven categories will be announced at a special Homo Hero Awards Ceremony on September 22nd at The Mint Hotel in Manchester.

Here are nominees... check lgbt.foundation for the winners on September 23rd.

Homo Hero - Community Champion of the year

•    Daniel Burford - OutdoorLads

OutdoorLads is an outdoor pursuits group that provide a wide range of activities for gay and bisexual men. Daniel works tirelessly on the website for OutdoorLads.

•    Jen Yockney - Biphoria

Jen is a bi community activist that leads Biphoria - the bisexual community group, is editor of bi community news and works tirelessly to positively promote bi people.

•    Jackie Crozier – Manchester Pride

Jackie has contributed to the LGBT community for many years, she is a dynamic leader and helped Manchester Pride become the international success it is today.


Homo Hero - Business of the year

•    Serenity Security Solutions

With over 25 collective years experience in the Security Industry, Serenity pride themselves in fresh and innovative solutions to security problems. Serenity work alongside the LGBT community and LGBT businesses.

•    The Co-operative – Respect Network

The Co-operative is a unique family of businesses owned by its members. The Respect Network works alongside the Co-ops dedicated diversity team, offering support to LGBT staff and advising the business on LGBT matters.

•    Barclays Bank Spectrum Network

Barclays Spectrum Network spans the Barclays Group and supports Barclays’ LGBT employees with subgroups across every Business Unit.


Homo Hero - lesbian, gay or bisexual role model of the year

•    Marcus Morgan

Marcus is one of the UK's leading Bisexual Activists.  He has been active in the bisexual community since 1991, and has been involved as an organiser with many bisexual groups and events.

•    Sam Whalley

Sam is the LGBT Society representative at the University of Central Lancashire and also won the coveted NUS Student of the Year in Higher Education in 2011.

•    Sir Ian McKellen

One the founders of Stonewall, Patron of Albert Kennedy Trust and the Lesbian & Gay Foundation, tireless campaigner, global superstar and Gandalf!


Homo Hero - Public Sector Partner of the year

•    NHS Manchester

NHS Manchester aim is to ensure modern, high quality NHS services that are easily accessible for all residents in the city. They support LGBT charities across the city raising health, wellbeing and sexual health awareness among LGB people.

•    Greater Manchester Police

GMP is the police force responsible for law enforcement across Greater Manchester. Staff weekly LGBT Police drop in sessions in the city’s Gay Village.

•    NHS North West

NHS North West is the Strategic Health Authority (SHA) for the whole of the North West and provides strategic leadership for the region’s healthcare. Pride themselves on equality and diversity and making healthcare more inclusive for all.


Homo Hero – Volunteer of the year

•    Daniel Burford

Also nominated in Community Champion of the year -  Daniel from Outdoorlads is responsible for keeping the website and systems running smoothly.

•    Jim Vann

Jim is the Chair of the HIV Charity George House Trust and also is an active member of The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s Helpdesk team.  He has been committed and central to LGB&T activity for many years.

•    Natalya Dell

Natalya Dell is leading the 2011 BiCon organising team. Bicon is a major education, social and activism event and the highlight of the bisexual year.


Homo Hero - Community group or organisation of the year

•    Bi Community News

Bi Community News is Britain's best-selling bi magazine bringing you bisexual community news, opinion and much more from across Bi Britain.

•    Albert Kennedy Trust

AKT support several hundred young people every year who have experienced domestic violence or have been ejected from home for coming out as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Trans to their parents or care giver.

•    OutdoorLads

OutdoorLads run a wide range of activities: from camping, hostelling, hillwalking and indoor climbing, to the more extreme activities like gorge scrambling, ice climbing, technical mountain biking and many more for gay and bisexual men.


Homo Hero - LGB&T venue of the Year Award

•    The Molly House

The Molly House is a bar & cafe in Manchester's  gay village "for discerning gay boys and girls (and everyone in between)."

•    The Eagle

The Eagle Bar is located in the heart of Manchester’s gay village, it offers a unique experience for men from all over the UK and beyond. 

•     Taurus

Situated in the heart of the gay village on Canal Street, Manchester. Taurus is enjoyed by all ages, genders and orientations.

check lgbt.foundation for the winners on September 23rd.

Once again, thanks for all your nominations – here are those homo heroes who recieved significant votes, but who missed out on the shortlist...who knows maybe next year? (In no particular order)

Homo Hero - Community Champion of the year...Andy Neale, Lancashire LGBT Centre; Debs Bradshaw, Lancashire LGBT Centre; Tommy McIlravey, Liverpool Pride/Sahir House; Geoff Stafford, Journalist & Community Activitist; Gwyn Starkey, Icebreakers; Sally Carr, LGBT Youth North West; Lee Clarke, Community Organiser (Isle of Man)…with many more including Paul Martin, Mary Murphy and Roger Crouch.

 Homo Hero - Business of the year...ITV, Funky Crop Shop, Manchester, Gay’s the word.

 Homo Hero - lesbian, gay or bisexual role model of the year...Andrew Stokes, Marketing Manchester; Craig Harris, NHS Manchester; Survivors Manchester; Joe Paterson, young activist; Andrew Gilliver, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation; Peggy Wessex, Village Celebrity and New York New York star. 

Homo Hero - Public Sector Partner of the year...Oldham Council, Salford City Council, Department of Health, Lancashire County Council, Royal Air Force. 

Homo Hero – Volunteer of the year...Vickie-Marie Gaynor, Community Activist; Lee Wicks, Community Activist; Debs Bradshaw, Lancashire LGBT Centre; Drew Drake, Friends of Dorothy Project; David Mills, Stonewall Youth Volunteer; Colin Renshaw, Manchester Pride; Bella Jay, Sparkle; Ashley Hughes, Albert Kennedy Trust; Andy Kerr, Merseyside Community Volunteer (many, many LGB&T projects); Andrew Edwards, Gaydio; BBC Radio…and many, many more individuals that do amazing work!

 Homo Hero - Community group or organisation of the year...Icebreakers, Lancashire LGBT Centre, Liverpool Pride, Michael Causer Foundation, Pride Sports, Triangle Group, Queer Notions, Body Positive North West, Gaydio, GYrO.

 Homo Hero - LGB&T venue of the Year Award...Vanilla, Manchester; Via, Manchester; The Hangout, Preston; The Rainbow and Dove, Leicester.


Supported by Mint Hotel Manchester

Media partners OutNorthwest and Gaydio