On Wednesday afternoon (December 6) 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.
Mark Foster, shot by Leigh Keily for the Winter issue of Winq
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 red carpet action from the day below:
Hollywood screenwriter Dustin Lance Black
Elton John AIDS Foundation chairman David Furnish
BBC Breakfast’s Ben Thompson
Former Olympic swimmer and Winq Man of the Year Mark Foster
TV presenter Mary Portas
Comedian and Winq Comedy Award winner Stephen K Amos
Actor Charlie Condou (r) and husband Cameron
Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell
Pop legend and Winq Music Award winner Marc Almond
‘Bad Education’ star Layton Williams
'Sherlock' star and writer Mark Gatiss
'The Feeling' frontman Dan Gillespie-Sells
Sky Sport reporter Mark McAdam
‘Gaycation’ host and Winq Travel Award winner Ian Daniel
Winq Publishing Editor Darren Styles (l) and his partner Tom.
Members of the Winq team, from left to right: Cliff Joannou, Matt Cain, Adam Duxbury and Tim Heap
Read more about Winq’s Men of the Year in our bumper 212-page Winter issue. Buy in print, subscribe or download now.