Finalists for this years LGBTQ North East Awards have been announced.
The awards were created in 2017 by Rainbow Foundation, a charitable project working to support Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Trans and Queer life in the North East of England.
Voting for six different categories has taken place over the last three weeks, categories included; Ally of the Year, Charity & Community Initiative, Outstanding Contribution to LGBTQ Life, Inclusive Arts & Media, Creating Safer Learning Spaces and Inspirational Workplace.
Over 500 nominations were received across the six categories.
Ally of the Year Award Finalists – Lucy Malarkey (Gentoo Director), Chris Howson (University of Sunderland Chaplain), Louise Liddle-McGhee (Teacher, Benfield School), Jay Anderson (Northern Pride). Vera Baird (Police & Crime Commissioner) and Kieron Brady (ex-SAFC Player).
Charity & Community Initiative Award Finalists – Northern Heart, Pride Media Centre, Northern Pride, Northumberland Pride, LGBT+ North East Social Group and Hidayah.
Outstanding Contribution to LGBTQ Life Award Finalists – Phil Douglas, Drew Dalton, Hart Gables, Tess Tickle, Newcastle Ravens, and Joshua Lumsden.
Inspirational Workplace Award Finalists – Gentoo, Northumbrian Water, Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue, North Star, Barclays and Sunderland Council.
Inclusive Arts & Media Award Finalists – Pride Radio, Curious Arts, SR News, Spark, Being LGBTQ and Made in Tyne & Wear.
Creating Safer Learning Spaces Award Finalists – Newcastle College, Gateshead College, Alphabetti Theatre, University of Sunderland, Whickham School and Benfield School.
A panel of judges, representing the North East’s LGBTQ community, will now decide on the winner of each category, with winners being announced at a special awards ceremony on Thursday 16th May, hosted by Mr Gay UK 2016, Joni Valadares.
There will also be a special award presented on the evening to mark a Lifetime Achievement.