Panti Bliss collects Editor's Special Award from Matthew Todd

Irish drag queen and gay rights activist Panti Bliss won the Editor's Special Award at the Attitude Awards on Monday night (October 13). The award was presented to Panti by Attitude's Editor, Matthew Todd, for "daring to speak the truth". The award was given in recognition of the extraordinary international impact of Panti's speech on homophobia, which was delivered at Dublin's Abbey Theatre in January 2014, then immortalised on YouTube. In a hilarious five-minute acceptance speech, Panti (who is performed by Rory O'Neill) brought the house down, and received two standing ovations from the audience at Banqueting House in central London. After introducing herself as "Paloma Faith's mother", she went on to praise the work of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, who have turned around the quality of life for people like her, who are living with HIV. Panti was photographed and interviewed for the latest issue of Attitude - the Awards issue - which is on sale now. Check out a preview of one of the photos from her shoot below. photo copy For the third consecutive year Virgin Holidays were headline sponsors of the Attitude Awards, which also benefited the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Attitude would also like to thank other sponsors and supporters of the event including Sky, Renault, Marriott, M&S, Little Miracles, Naked Wines and Hip Hotels.