Ireland’s yes vote for gay marriage has been named the greatest moment of the year at the Attitude magazine awards. Ian McKellen, Boy George, and Saturdays star Frankie Bridge were among those who attended the ceremony at Banqueting House, in London.
Other winners included One Direction’s Liam Payne, who was named sexiest man of the year, while the late fashion designer, Alexander McQueen, won the ‘legend’ award. Payne, who did not attend the ceremony, said in an interview with Attitude last month that it was “strange” that some countries had not legalised gay marriage. Ireland made history in May by becoming the first country to legalise gay marriage by popular vote.
Don’t remember what I said, but Phillip videoed me accepting an Attitude Award on behalf of the people of Ireland for voting YES on May 22nd. I was honored and privileged to do it.Posted by Panti Bliss / Pantibar on Wednesday, 14 October 2015
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The Newsnight host Evan Davis was named man of the year, the television host Lorraine Kelly was named “honorary gay”, and SNP MP Mhairi Black 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, shared the Icon Award for “outstanding achievement” with Yoko Ono and Holly Johnson.
The magazine’s 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.
— Dr Panti Bliss-Cabrera (@PantiBliss) October 15, 2015
“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.”
Boy George, a former winner who has previously appeared on the cover, praised the magazine for its “in-depth” coverage and said he was delighted to be presenting an icon award. The newly installed The Voice coach said he was looking forward to being part of the BBC One talent show this year, with his team of “great singers”.
He has been reassured the programme has a future.
“As I’ve only just joined this one, I would be pretty disappointed [if it was axed]. I’m hearing it from reliable sources that it’s just not true”.
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