Nominations for this years LGBTQ North East Awards will officially open on Monday (18th March, 2019).
The awards, which were created by Sunderland based LGBTQ charitable project Rainbow Foundation, recognise the positive contributions made by individuals, organisations and groups across the region to improve the lives of members of the LGBTQ community.
Six different categories are open for nominations: Ally of the Year, Inclusive Arts & Media, Charity & Community Initiative, Outstanding Contribution to LGBTQ Life, Creating Safer Learning Spaces and Inspirational Workplace.
There will also be special award presented on the evening of the award ceremony, for a Lifetime Achievement.
Ryan Houston, Founder of Rainbow Foundation, said: “The awards provide a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the positive contributions that are made throughout the year by individuals, organisations and groups.
“We are delighted to be organising the event once again, and to be presenting the awards the evening before International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, an event marked each year on 17th May to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media, to the violence and discriminations that is still experienced by LGBTQ people internationally.”
This years awards have been sponsored by Sunderland College, University of Sunderland, Gentoo, Rainbow Foundation, Up North Media and Team Tilly Entertainment.
The event was last held in 2017, where winners included Northern Proud Voices, Northern Pride, THRIVE NE, Lui Asquith, BT and Sunderland College.
Voting closes on Friday 5th April, with finalists being invited to an awards ceremony hosted by Sunderland College on Thursday 16th May.
Nominations can be made online via gaywearside.co.uk from Monday 18th March.