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Drag queen Panti Bliss receives Editor's Special Award

2014-10-13
panti blissPanti Bliss has been honoured with the Editor’s Special Award at the Attitude Awards 2014. The Irish drag queen hit the headlines earlier this year when she accused a Catholic lobbying group of being homophobic during an appearance on Irish TV channel RTE - and the group proceeded to sue both Panti and RTE for defamation. After RTE issued a public apology and paid out 85,000 Euros (£69,000) of Irish taxpayers' money to stop the case from going to court, Panti made an impassioned speech challenging homophobia at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre. A video of the speech went viral, amassing over half a million views on YouTube. The speech was also praised by high-profile figures including Stephen Fry and Madonna. Speaking to Attitude about the video's success, Panti said: "It's a fucking ten minute speech on homphobia - I'm surprised anyone clicked on it at all! Honestly, I have no money, and no power - my only weapon was making a noise." Panti was presented with her award by Attitude's Editor, Matthew Todd, at tonight’s star-studded awards ceremony at Banqueting House in Whitehall, which is being hosted by Scissor Sisters star Ana Matronic. You can watch Panti's speech on homophobia below: