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Stonewall awards celebrate ten years of achievements

Graham Robson November 6, 2015


Actor and Stonewall co-founder, Sir Ian McKellen, hosted the tenth and final Stonewall Awards last night (November 5).

Sir Ian McKellen with Mary Portas and the cast of Hollyoaks
Sir Ian McKellen with Mary Portas and the cast of Hollyoaks

Stonewall, the national LGBT equality charity was founded in 1989 by a small group of people who wanted to break down barriers to equality and works to create a world where everyone can be accepted without exception.

The awards were at the V&A in London and marked achievements over the last decade.


Presenters included Charlie Condou, Jane Hill, Mary Portas, Doctor Ranj and Evan Davis and winner on the night included Lord Alli, Nigel Owens, Liz Mackean and the Guardian.


Other personalities attending the event included Coronation Street’s Brooke Vincent, writer and activist Paris Lees, star of Cucumber / Banana Bethany Black, singer and actress Heather Peace, writer Jack Monroe and Hollyoaks actor Kieron Richardson.

Sir Ian McKellen with Stonewall CEO Ruth Hunt and Owen Jones
Sir Ian McKellen with Stonewall CEO Ruth Hunt and Owen Jones

Broadcast of the Decade was awarded to Hollyoaks for its consistent tackling of difficult issues and integration of LGBT characters.

The newly introduced Trans Media Award was presented to Boy Meets Girl, starring Rebecca Root, for bringing trans issues to British prime time television.

Liz Mackean, was awarded Journalist of the Decade for her magnificent Channel 4 Dispatches documentary Hunted, which focused on violent homophobic ‘hunting’ in Russia.

Stonewall CEO Ruth Hunt and Sir Ian McKellen with the cast of Boy Meets Girl
Stonewall CEO Ruth Hunt and Sir Ian McKellen with the cast of Boy Meets Girl

The Guardian’s consistent and sensitive coverage of LGBT issues in Britain and abroad saw the paper receive the Publication of the Decade award.

Nigel Owens was presented the Sports Person of the Decade award for being such a prominent and visible role model in his field, and Sarah Waters collected Writer of the Decade for having such an impact on LGBT readers through her writings.

Lord Alli was named Politician of the Decade for his relentless campaigning around same-sex marriage and for being the first openly gay member of the House of Lords.

Jane Hill, Owen Jones and Sir Ian McKellen
Jane Hill, Owen Jones and Sir Ian McKellen

Entertainer of the Year was awarded to Dan Gillespie Sells, the openly gay singer of British group The Feeling, for his open and frank conversations over the last ten years about his own sexual orientation and upbringing.

Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive, Stonewall said: “I’d like to extend a huge congratulations – and thanks – to all of those nominated tonight. And all of those who have been nominated throughout the last ten years of the Stonewall Awards.

“We have come so far for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality – but we still have so much left to do. And to do that, and to be the change we want to see, we must continue to work together to achieve full equality. This year marks the final year for the Stonewall Awards but watch this space for something new next year, which will reflect all our communities and brings people from across those communities together. Acceptance without exception. Where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, in Britain and abroad, can live freely as themselves without fear of persecution. 

“So tonight, we celebrate. And of course tomorrow, our work continues.”

Full list of winners and nominees:

Publication of the Decade (presented by Jane Hill):


Pink News

The ‘i’


The Times

Politician of the Decade (presented by Charlie Condou):

Lord Alliwinner 

Rt Hon John Bercow MP

Ruth Davidson MSP

Lord Cashman

Baroness Featherstone

Writer of the Decade (presented by Evan Davis):

Sarah Waterswinner 

Val McDermid

Stella Duffy

Damian Barr

Alan Hollinghurst

Journalist of the Decade (presented by Dr. Ranj):

Liz MacKeanwinner 

Miriam Stoppard

Patrick Strudwick

Matthew Todd

Owen Jones

Broadcast of the Decade (presented by Mary Portas):


Coronation Street

The World’s Worst Place to be Gay?

Britain’s Got Talent

Marrying Mum & Dad

Entertainer of the Decade (presented by Kevin Jenkins):

Dan Gillespie Sellswinner 

Alicya Eyo

Jane Hazlegrove

Sue Perkins

Antony Cotton

Sports Person or Team of the Decade (presented by Lord Alli):

Nigel Owenswinner 

Cardiff Lions

Stonewall FC

Anton Hysen

Martina Navratilova

Trans Media Award (presented by Ruth Hunt):

Boy Meets Girlwinner 

Orange Is The New Black


Transgender Kids by Louis Theroux

Banana / Cucumber / Tofu

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