Paris Lees made first trans judge of Stonewall Awards

parislees-300x190Attitude's Editor-at-large, Paris Lees, has been announced as the first ever trans judge of the Stonewall Awards. The Stonewall Awards is an annual event held by the LGB rights charity to celebrate members of the community who have had a positive impact on the lives of British lesbian, gay and bisexual people. Lees, a prolific British journalist and LGBT rights activist, said that she is "delighted" to have been asked to join the judging panel. "Stonewall do great work for our community and I'm absolutely delighted to have been asked to judge this year's awards. I think it's a really exciting time for lesbian, gay and bisexual people, so I'm really looking forward to seeing who has been nominated." She added: "I reckon the invite is a nod to the trans community too though, so good for Stonewall!" Meanwhile, Stonewall told us that Lees is the "perfect" person to help judge the awards, saying: "We’re massively excited to have Paris on the judging panel for this year’s Stonewall Awards. The Awards celebrate those who have made the world a better place for LGBT people. "We know that Paris is not just one of the most engaging and exciting writers around at the moment but is also a powerful advocate for LGBT equality. She’s the perfect person to join the judging panel." The announcement follows Lees' recent column for in which she urged Stonewall to fight for trans rights, in addition to those relating to lesbian, gay and bisexual people. Read her column here. Among the winners at last year's Stonewall Awards were Sue Perkins, who was named entertainer of the year, and the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, Keith O'Brien, who was labelled bigot of the year.