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September 24, 2011

IconLGF announce Homo Hero Award winners

Sir Ian McKellen and Manchester Pride organiser Jackie Crozier were amongst the winners at the Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) 2011 Homo Hero Awards on Thursday night.

Over one thousand people voted on the top three nominees in eight categories for the Manchester-based charity’s annual celebration.

Actor and campaigner McKellen received the top award as “lesbian, gay or bisexual role model of the year”.

Crozier was declared “Community Champion of the year”. She was unable to attend the ceremony, but Lip Service star Heather Peace arrived to accept the award in her place.

“Congratulations to the winners and nominees. The awards are really important because they are nominated and voted for by the people, and they recognise the valuable contribution to society made by or on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people,” declared LGF Chief Executive Paul Martin.

“They are about celebrating people in our everyday lives who have made a significant contribution to supporting either you or people you care about.”

LGF Homo Hero Award Winners 2011:

Lesbian, gay or bisexual role model of the year
Sir Ian McKellen

Community group or organisation of the year
Albert Kennedy Trust

Volunteer of the year
Daniel Burford (Outdoorlads)

Public Sector Partner of the year
Greater Manchester Police

LGB&T venue of the year
Taurus (Manchester)

Business of the year
The Co-operative respect network

Community Champion of the year
Jackie Crozier (Manchester Pride)

Outstanding achievement award
Cllr. Mary Murphy (Manchester City Council)

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