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British Vogue's Edward Enninful nominated for LGBT Award

NOMINEE: Edward Enninful (Photo credit: PA Images)

THE SHORTLIST for the 2018 NatWest British LGBT Awards was announced today (Feb 8), marking the countdown to one of the biggest annual events in Britain’s LGBT calendar.

A string of global gay and trans (or LGBT+) icons, top music talent and celebrity ‘straight allies’ who work to advance the rights of LGBT communities have been recognised.

Editor-in-chief of British Vogue editor Edward Enninful was one of the leading BAME people to be nominated.

The Ghanaian-born stylist began his career as fashion director of British youth culture magazine i-D at age 18, the youngest ever to have been named an editor at a major international fashion title. He has been nominated for the Journalist of the Year award.

Laverne Cox, a transgender activist and actress who came to prominence in the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black, is nominated for the LGBT+ Celebrity of the Year award.

Singer Frank Ocean and TV Doctor Ranj Singh are also nominated for awards.

The British LGBT Awards will take place at London’s Marriott Grosvenor Square on Friday 11 May in front of a packed celebrity crowd, where the overall winners will be announced.

Charitable organisations that work to support LGBT+ communications and businesses with a track record of promoting diversity have also been shortlisted.

Previous British LGBT Award winners include HRH Prince William, Kylie Minogue and Caitlyn Jenner. Chardine Taylor-Stone, the human rights activist, won the Outstanding Contribution to Public Life Award in 2017.

Sarah Garrett, British LGBT Awards founder, said: “The 2018 NatWest British LGBT Awards shortlist showcases a range public figures and famous straight allies who use their platform to enhance the rights of the LGBT community. Everyone on the shortlist is deserving of their place.”

Commenting on the sponsorship of the awards, Marjorie Strachan, Global head of Inclusion for RBS, added: “We’re proud to be the headline sponsor of the British LGBT Awards. These awards acknowledge those who have made an outstanding commitment to the LGBT community.

“However, these awards are not just about celebrating the nominees and winners; they’re about creating a cultural shift towards a more diverse and equal society, and that's something NatWest is proud to be a part of.”

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