On Wednesday afternoon (December 7) we revealed our Men of the Year 2017, in association with United Airlines.
At an exclusive, invitation-only lunch to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation at the fabulous Rosewood London, hosted by BBC Breakfast’s Ben Thompson, the former World Champion swimmer Mark Foster was named Winq’s Man of the Year 2017, supported by Moss Bros.
Mark, who came out only recently after a moment of clarity at October’s Attitude Awards where he presented to out and proud Olympian Greg Louganis, has given his world exclusive first magazine interview to Winq, in the all-new Winter edition.
Alongside Mark among Winq’s Men of the Year are the celebrated design duo Viktor & Rolf, who flew in from Amsterdam to collect the Style Award supported by McLaren Automotive, Lord Browne, former CEO of BP and the only out gay man ever to lead a FTSE 100 company, who took home the Business Award, and funnyman Stephen K Amos, winner of the Comedy Award.
Further winners included the legend that is Marc Almond, who in his 60th year claims the Music Award supported by Slingsby Artisan Spirits, Man in the Orange Shirt writer Patrick Gale, named the Culture Award winner supported by Digby Fine English, and Gaycation’s Ian Daniel, who flies home to the USA with the Travel Award, supported by United Airlines.
The Elton John AIDS Foundation Award was presented to Evgeny Pisemskiy, a Moscow-based director of Phoenix Plus, an HIV charity that is the only organisation in Russia focusing on the needs of MSM (men who have sex with men).
Check out all the action below:
BBC Breakfast Business reporter and Winq Men of the Year Awards host Ben Thompson.
Mary Portase presents Winq Business Award winner Lord John Browne with his prize.
Comedian Stephen Bailey with Comedy Award winner Stephen K. Amos.
Sherlock star Mark Gatiss and Winq Culture Award winner Patrick Gale.
Russian HIV activist Evgeny Pisemskiy accepts a special award from Elton John AIDS Foundation Executive Director Anne Aslett.
Music Award winner Marc Almond was presented with his prize by The Feeling's Dan Gillespie-Sells.
'Gaycation' star Ian Daniel accepted the Winq Travel Award from TV host Jonathan Phang.
Dutch designer Rolf Snoeren was presented with the Style Award by 'Bad Education' star Layton Williams.
Hollywood screenwriter Dustin Lance Black introduces Winq's Man of the Year.
Winq Man of the Year Mark Foster accepts his prize.
Read more about Winq’s Men of the Year in our bumper 212-page Winter issue. Buy in print, subscribe or download now.