Sue Perkins, Paris Lees, Dr. Ranj Singh, Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley will all be honoured as queer icons and the likes of Michelle Collins, Lorraine Kelly OBE and Sadiq Khan are amongst the allies honoured this year along with brands such as H&M, HSBC and many others.

The Rainbow Honours is a celebration of those who have stood out in their support for the LGBTQ+ community, taking place this December.

Prizes will go to the people and organisations who show commitment to equality all year round in categories such as LGBTQ+ Icon, LGBTQ+ Champion, LGBTQ+ Campaigner and Trans Advocate.

This is a unique evening of celebration to shine a light on those unsung champions who give up their spare time to volunteer, work tirelessly and strive to make the world a better place for the LGBTQ+ community.

Theres no doubt that the LGBTQ+ community has made amazing strides in recent years, yet LGBTQ+ people still face prejudice in the workplace, education and across social media.

Thats why this event will reward those wonderful individuals and organisations who further LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion. We will honour those who dedicate themselves to fairness for all and deserve our accolades they are, after all, the UKs Rainbow Heroes.

The star-studded awards ceremony is set to take place on 4 December 2019, in partnership with DIVA, Europes leading magazine for lesbians and bisexual women, and LGBTQ+ digital platform, Openly. The event will also feature LGBT+ community champions who are striving to influence change in the quest for true LGBTQ+ equality.

The full shortlist of honourees can be found here: rainbowhonours.com/rainbow-honours-shortlist-2019.html.

This years judging panel includes Openly editor Hugo Greenhalgh, DIVA magazine editor-in-chief Carrie Lyell, trans icons Jake Graf and Hannah Graf MBE, Queer Britain CEO Joseph Galliano, leader of Womens Equality Party Mandu Reid and Paralympian Claire Harvey.

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