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Four Greater Manchester winners at prestigious LGBTQ+ awards

Greater Manchester cleaned up at the Gaydio Pride Awards 2024, with four amazing winners from across the boroughs.

On Friday (16th February 2024), the Gaydio Pride Awards 2024 were held at Hilton Manchester Deansgate, with a ceremony recognising and celebrating the efforts made to better LGBTQ+ lives in the UK.

14 awards were handed out at the glitzy ceremony, with performances from BRIT Award nominee Jazzy, Caity Baser, Talia Mar, Tia Kofi and Ginger Johnson, all hosted by Gaydio’s breakfast show presenters Paris & Dave.

Jazzy at the Gaydio Pride Awards 2024. Photo credit: Carl Sukonik

The Gaydio Pride Awards 2024

The purple carpet saw appearances from a hoard of celeb guests, including Rhian Sugden, Layton Williams, Andy Burnham, Paul Burrell, Dr Ranj Singh and Ella Morgan – who enjoyed an evening of entertainment and celebration at the iconic Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel.

Gaydio Pride Award Greater Manchester winners

Layton Williams Gaydio Pride Awards
Layton Williams – Gaydio Pride Awards. Photo credit Carl Sukonik

Greater Manchester took home a massive total of 4 awards including; Bury’s own Layton Williams who was awarded the Outstanding Entertainment Contribution award; and award-winning activist, campaigner and Drag Queen, Lucky Roy Singh who won LGBTQ+ Influencer of the Year.

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Andy Burnham gave a moving speech to kick things off

Additionally, iconic lesbian bar and Canal Street staple, Vanilla, was crowned Venue or Event of the Year whilst The Transmanian Devils took home LGBTQ+ Club or Sports Team of the Year for their work in advancing inclusivity in sport for LGBTQ+ athletes in Manchester and beyond.

Gaydio were proud to present Music Artist of the Year to BRIT Award winner Becky Hill. The singer-songwriter has had great success since appearing on ITV’s The Voice and is vocal about her mission to normalise queerness through her music.

Becky Hill, upon winning the award said, “Thank you so much to Gaydio for this beautiful award of Music Artist of the Year and for all the support over the years.

Ever since coming out as queer, I have tried to put queerness at the core of everything I do; touring with some incredible drag acts whilst putting the trans and drag community at the forefront of my live shows.

“Support like this really means the world – thank you so, so much for Artist of the Year!”

Ian Wallace from Gaydio

Gaydio Director, Ian Wallace said, “Last night marked the Gaydio Pride Awards 2024 with Hilton, an evening dedicated to recognising and showcasing the incredible achievements of the LGBTQ+ community across the country.

“We were thrilled to celebrate all of the amazing nominees and winners who have made a huge impact on LGBTQ+ lives throughout this year and beyond! We can’t wait to do it all over again next year.”

You can find out more about the awards by clicking here

Full Gaydio Pride Awards winners list

  • Grassroots Pride of the Year with BRSK – Trans Pride Hastings
  • Charity of the Year – Opening Doors
  • Venue or Event of the Year with Avanti West Coast – Vanilla Manchester
  • LGBTQ+ Enterprise Award with Nissan – Pop’n’Olly
  • Pride Network of the Year with Pride 365– LGBTQ+ Network NHS Blood and Transplant
  • LGBTQ+ Influencer with Boohoo Group – Lucky Roy Singh
  • LGBTQ+ Sports Club or Team of the Year – Transmanian Devils
  • Pride Organisation of the Year with MSL Hire – Bristol Pride
  • LGBTQ+ Young Business Person of the Year with DPD – Emily Waldron
  • Volunteer of the Year with Birmingham Airport – Alice-Louise Wallace
  • Hilton LGBTQ+ Champion – Richard Finn (General Manager – Hilton Cambridge City Centre)
  • Music Artist of the Year with Schuh – Becky Hill
  • Outstanding Entertainment Contribution Award – Layton Williams
  • Lifetime Achievement Award with Circle Health – Lady Phyll, CEO of UK Black Pride

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