With comedian Tom Allen returning to host the star-studded event paid tribute to those having an impact in the LGBTQ community over the last year. Among those in attendance were Steps, Munroe Bergdorf, Bimini Bon Boulash, Elaine Paige OBE, Stephen Fry, Russell T Davies, Michelle Visage, Tom Daley, Chella Man, Billy Porter, and Vanessa Williams.
The Virgin Atlantic Attitude Awards, powered by Jaguar, are to benefit the Attitude Magazine Foundation for LGBTQ causes, which has raised and distributed more than £300,000 since summer 2018
The full list of winners of the 2021 Virgin Atlantic Attitude Awards, powered by Jaguar, are:
Attitude Icon Award, supported by Virgin Atlantic - Steps
“We are totally and unashamedly pop, and we create a safe space for people to be their authentic selves. You can live your best life with us.” – Ian ‘H’ Watkins
The Gamechanger Award - Sex Education
“I always say to people, if you can get past the first few minutes of any episode, you’ll pretty quickly realise that the show is actually very sweet-natured." - Laurie Nunn, the creator of Sex Education.
The Style Award - Bimini Bon Boulash
“There is no right or wrong way to look or identify or be. My most important thing is, do what the f**k makes you happy.”
Attitude's Honourary Gay Award - Elaine Paige OBE
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"I long for the day when every industry or business allows everyone to say, 'This is who I am' and that they are accepted on that basis. I’m very proud to be an honorary gay and to be able to spread that message."
The Broadcast Award - Adele Roberts
"I think I’m the only openly gay woman at Radio 1, out of 40 presenters, which is not good enough. I know the BBC know that"
The TV Award - Ben Aldridge
“I was very fearful. But I just got to a point where I needed to claim that for myself; it wasn’t so much about coming out as it was about claiming who I am.”
The Inspiration Award - It's A Sin
"Just recently, someone told me their colleague shared his HIV status at work, after 20 years of hiding it, because of the show." - Russell T Davies
The Breakthrough Award, supported by Jaguar - Max Harwood
"I feel like I poured so much of myself into this, and it was such a learning experience. It was a given I was going to come away topped up in terms of self-confidence and the internalised homophobia I grew up [with] has definitely diminished hugely
The Sport Award, supported by Jaguar - Tom Daley
"After 20 years of hard work, dedication and sacrifice, I finally did it! I feel incredibly proud to say that I am a gay man and also an Olympic champion.”
The Hero Award - Chella Man
"Please remember to lead with compassion and an open mind. We all just want to be appreciated. We all just want to be accepted. We all just want to be safe.”
Man of the Year, supported by Virgin Atlantic - Billy Porter
“Yes, I am a f****t. Yes, I suck d**k. Yes, I’m HIV positive. And I’m a human being on this planet. And you don’t get to take my rights away because of how I live my life.”