September 9, 2011
Nominees for Stonewall Awards 2011 announced
The Stonewall Awards 2011 will take place at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London on 3 November.
The shortlists for both the Hero of the Year and the Bigot of the Year awards have been announced. These are two of the awards voted for by Stonewall supporters, the third being the award for the Community Group of the Year which will result in the group being given a cheque for £5,000. The other seven awards will be decided by a panel of judges including Gok Wan, John Partridge, football coach Hope Powell and television producer Maureen Chadwick.
The nominees for Hero of the Year are: musicians Joan Armatrading and Lady Gaga, drag queen Betty Bourne, Lesbian and Gay Foundation CEO Paul Martin and Roger Crouch, the father of Dominic Crouch who committed suicide after experiencing homophobic bullying. Crouch has since dedicated himself to raising awareness of homophobia in schools.
Nominees for Bigot of the Year are: Daily Mail journalist Melanie Phillips, Christian Voice leader Stephen Green, Bill Walker MSP, Brian Souter and Rt Rev Arthur Roache.
More information about the nominees can be found on the Stonewall website.
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