Thursday 29 September 2016

Moment we voted Yes for gay marriage named moment of year at international awards ceremony

Published 15/10/2015 | 09:11

Sir Ian McKellen (left), Kiegan Hirst (centre), and Anthony Cotton (right) attend the Attitude Pride Awards at the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London
Sir Ian McKellen (left), Kiegan Hirst (centre), and Anthony Cotton (right) attend the Attitude Pride Awards at the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London
Holly Johnson attends the Attitude Pride Awards at the Banqueting House, Whitehall
Jane Hill attends the Attitude Pride Awards at the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London
Tulisa Kontostavlos attends the Attitude Pride Awards at the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London
Scott Mills attends the Attitude Pride Awards at the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London
Lorraine Kelly attends the Attitude Pride Awards at the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London
Boy George attends the Attitude Pride Awards at the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London
Ana Matronic attends the Attitude Pride Awards at the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London
Kiegan Hirst attends the Attitude Pride Awards at the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London
Julien MacDonald attends the Attitude Pride Awards at the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London
Oliver Cheshire attends the Attitude Pride Awards at the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London
Tulisa Kontostavlos attends the Attitude Pride Awards at the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London
Tulisa Kontostavlos attends the Attitude Pride Awards at the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London
Michelle Collins attends the Attitude Pride Awards at the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London

The moment people in Ireland voted Yes to gay marriage has been named the greatest of the year at the Attitude awards.

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Ian McKellen, Boy George and Saturdays star Frankie Bridge were among those who attended the ceremony at Banqueting House in London.

Tulisa Kontostavlos attends the Attitude Pride Awards at the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London
Tulisa Kontostavlos attends the Attitude Pride Awards at the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London

Winners included One Direction's Liam Payne, who was named Sexiest Man of the Year, while late fashion designer Alexander McQueen won the Legend award.

Payne, who did not attend the ceremony, said in an interview with Attitude magazine last month that he finds it "strange" that some countries have not made gay marriage legal.

Voters in Ireland made history in May by becoming the first country in the world to legalise gay marriage by popular vote.

Other winners at Wednesday evening's ceremony were Newsnight host Evan Davis, named Man of the Year, television host Lorraine Kelly, who was named Honorary Gay, and SNP MP Mhairi Black was was named Politician of the Year.

The magazine is celebrating the awards with eight special covers featuring winners, and exclusive interviews.

Liverpudlian April Ashley, one of Britain's first transsexual women to have gender reassignment surgery, shared the Icon Award for Outstanding Achievement with Yoko Ono and Holly Johnson.

Kiegan Hirst attends the Attitude Pride Awards at the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London
Kiegan Hirst attends the Attitude Pride Awards at the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London

Magazine editor Matthew Todd said: "We're absolutely delighted to recognise such a wide variety of winners, all of whom have shaped the world of our readers, both gay and straight, trans and cisgendered. We're delighted to honour the legendary April Ashley MBE with an Icon Award.

"She is a woman who was living in truth and dignity long before the growing understanding of trans people's needs that we have finally begun to see. It's an honour for us to be able to celebrate her with this award and a special cover."

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