We were delighted to host the first Scottish LGBTI Awards at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow, on Thursday 10th September 2015!
Thank you very much to all the 400 people who joined us on the night, and congratulations to all winners and runners-up.
The Scottish LGBTI Awards is a special annual event that recognises and celebrates those who have made a positive contribution to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality and human rights in Scotland over the past year.
Scotland’s LGBTI people and communities have come a long way since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1980. Many milestones have been passed and with the historic legalisation of same-sex marriage just a few months ago, there is much to celebrate this year, and many people and groups to recognise.
The Equality Network has been there every step of the way, thank you so much for supporting our event!
The Awards Ceremony
The glittering red carpet awards ceremony took place at Glasgow’s iconic Grand Central Hotel and included a sparkling drinks reception, a delicious three course meal with wine, and a night of entertainment we will not forget.
The magnificent surroundings of the Grand Ballroom hosted the first Scottish LGBTI Awards ceremony. Tickets sold out in just a few days.
Nominations closed at midnight on July 6th 2015. The independent awards judging panel met on Thursday 16th July to consider each nominee and devise a short-list of potential award winners to be put to either public vote or further panel scrutiny. You can find out more about the panel here.
We received over 350 nominations for the awards. It was incredibly difficult for the judging panel to then decide on a short-list for each award. You can find out more about each award and its short-list here.
Some of the awards were decided by our independent awards panel, while others were decided by public vote. The nomination shortlist was announced on 26 July and the public vote opened on Friday 31st July. Public voting closed four weeks later on Thursday 27th August!
This event could not have happened without the support of our sponsors. We would like to sincerely thank the Humanist Society Scotland and Unison Scotland for their support in making the first Scottish LGBTI awards a reality. We would also like to thank Scotland on Sunday and Pink News who were our media partners for the awards.
We want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has bought a ticket to the first Scottish LGBTI Awards!
When we announced the awards last year we weren’t sure what level of interest there would be given that there has never been a major LGBTI awards event in Scotland before.
All 400 tickets have now sold out and the event is set to be both a great night and a big success thanks to your support.
We know there are many people who will be disappointed that they have not been able to get a ticket for this year’s awards. We are already looking at options for next year that will ensure far more people are able to attend in future.
Voting for the awards in eight categories is still taking place with over 2.5k people voting so far. To cast your vote go to: www.equality-network.org/vote
We are delighted to announce that acclaimed Scottish singer-songwriter Horse will be performing at the Scottish LGBTI Awards.
Horse has been a big supporter of the Equality Network and featured in our It’s Time video project supporting our Equal Marriage campaign: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCaEXp6eynI
Announcing her involvement in the event, Horse has said; “In my lifetime, I have seen dramatic change – change I never ever thought possible or that I would ever benefit from. In recognising those people who stand up for and fight for all of us, The Scottish LGBTI awards are an essential platform. They give everyone the opportunity to focus on the issues that affect us all and also to celebrate those who tirelessly give of themselves. I am so pleased for a younger generation starting out now. However, for all of the people who have stood up and had to fight for or even die for who they were, we need to remember how we got to this point and that until we truly have equality, the fight goes on.”
We’re delighted to announce that the host for the Scottish LGBTI Awards is one of Scotland’s favourite and best-known comedy actors, Karen Dunbar!
The star of ‘Chewin’ the Fat’ and her very own show ‘The Karen Dunbar Show’ said “I’m chuffed to bits and really looking forward to hosting the first ever Equality Network Scottish LGBTI Awards. It’s vital that we celebrate the people who have made a difference to the lives of LGBTI people here in Scotland, and great that the event will support the work of the Equality Network, Scotland’s National LGBTI Equality Charity!”
You can find out more about Karen’s work on her website.