Gaydio listeners and members of the public were asked to nominate the people, charities, and organisations they felt were making a real difference in their area, with the nominees then shortlisted by dedicated community panels, to ensure winners are chosen as fairly as possible, and represent the very best LGBTQ+ people and charities from all over the UK.
The winners of the awards will be revealed at the Gaydio Pride Awards ceremony at Manchester’s Hilton Hotel on Friday 10th February, and revealed on air shortly after.
Those shortlisted for the ten categories in the new awards will be honoured at a glitzy ceremony next month, at Manchester’s Hilton Deansgate hotel.
This week it was announced that Greater Manchester has nine nominees across five categories, including:
Manchester Pride (Major Pride of the Year)
- Salford Pride & Prestwich Pride (Grassroots Pride of the Year)
- Manchester Village Spartans & Manchester-founded Outdoor Lads (LGBTQ+ Club or Sports team of the Year)
- Swagga, Manchester, Filthy Gorgeous, The Brewers, Manchester & The House of Bridget’s, Bury (Venue or Event of the Year)
Manchester-based George Trust House (Charity)
Guests will enjoy an evening of celebration, topped with entertainment from top 10 selling artist Raye, a set from dance-legend Sigala, a showstopping performance from Danny Beard (winner of Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK Season 4), all hosted by Gaydio’s breakfast show presenters, Paris & Dave.
Each person, charity or organisation shortlisted will be invited to attend for no cost, with their space at the prestigious new event sponsored by Gaydio’s commercial partners.
Kriss Herbert, Network Content Manager for Gaydio, “Gaydio is Where Pride Lives and it feels only right that we celebrate the people, organisations and charities who work so hard to support the LGBTQ+ community all year round.
“We think this shortlist really showcases the huge impact people, charities and communities are making all over the UK, and we can’t wait to announce our winners at the first ever Gaydio Pride Awards with Hilton on 10th February.”
Categories at this year’s awards include Grassroots Pride of the Year, Major Pride of the Year, LGBTQ+ Champion of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, LBGTQ+ Venue or Event of the Year, LGBTQ+ Charity of the Year, Pride Network of the Year, LGBTQ+ Club or Sports Team of the Year, Music Artist of the Year, plus the Lifetime Achievement award.
The full shortlist for the Gaydio Pride Awards in 2023 (as revealed on 12th January) includes:
Major Pride of the Year
- Pride in London
- Birmingham Pride
Brighton + Hove Pride
Grassroots Pride of the Year
UK Black Pride
- Trans Pride, Brighton
- Prestwich Pride
- Chesterfield Pride
Volunteer of the Year
Michele Ralph (Crawley Pride Volunteer)
- Joel Mordi (Nigeria’s First Ever Pride Organiser)
Charlie Watts (Pride in Surrey Volunteer)
LGBTQ+ Club or Sports team of the Year
Gay Outdoor Club
- Leicester Diamonds Baseball Club
- Manchester Village Spartans
- Outdoor Lads
Trans Radio UK Football Club
Employee Pride Network of the Year
Proud at Deloitte
- Birmingham women’s and Children’s NHS Trust LGBTQ+ Staff Network
- Proud @ Shell UK
- JET & Proud – Just Eat Takeaway.com’s global LGBT+ Network
- Co-op respect
Bruntwood’s LGBTQIA++ Network
Venue or Event of the Year
- Swagga, Manchester
- Filthy Gorgeous, The Brewers, Manchester
- The House of Bridget’s, Bury
- The Werkroom, Stoke-on-Trent
Planet Bar, Edinburgh
- Fighting with Pride
George House Trust
- Sab Samuel / Aida H Dee / Drag Queen Story Time
Janusz Domagala (Finalist of Great British Bake Off)
For more information and to buy tickets, head to gaydioprideawards.co.uk and keep an eye on social platforms @gaydio for more exciting announcements.