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Taken from Mirror Online (May 13, 2016)

British LGBT Awards winners as Ian McKellen, Brian May and Danny Dyer all pick up big prizes

The 'Gay Oscars' also honoured Alan Carr, Boy George and transgender actress Rebecca Root

by Alistair McGeorge

LGBT Awards: Ian McKellen, Mel B and Brian May

The RBS British LGBT Awards took place in London on Friday night as the annual bash honoured the likes of Sir Ian McKellen and Brian May.

A range of gay stars and 'straight allies' were recognised at the glitzy ceremony at the Grand Connaught Rooms, with the event hosted by Mel B and Duncan James.

Stage and screen veteran McKellen was handed the prestigious Global Icon Award to pay tribute to his longstanding activism on equality issues.

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Sir Ian McKellen was honoured at the event

Before the night itself, the actor was "humbled" to even be nominated.

Congratulating all winners, former Spice Girl Mel said: "Every winner and every nominee is incredibly deserving. You are the cool kids and I am proud to be with you celebrating your success with you.

“To win an RBS British LGBT Awards is simply fantastic because the public decides the winners. This is a fantastic event and it is really great to be part of it.”

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Brian May was amongst the winners

Elsewhere at the event, Queen legend Brian May was given the Straight Ally of the Year accolade by his bandmate Adam Lambert.

The American Idol winner also presented EastEnders' Danny Dyer with the TV Celebrity Straight Ally prize.

Chatty Man star Alan Carr picked up the LGBT Celebrity of the Year gong, while BBC Two show Boy Meets Girl - the UK's first transgender comedy - won Media Moment of the Year.

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Denise Welch's comedy won Media Moment of the Year

Other winners included Newsnight's Evan Davis (Broadcaster of the Year), Olympic boxer Nicola Adams (Sports Personality) and Sam Smith (Music Artist of the Year).

British LGBT Awards organiser said: "The British LGBT Awards is Britain’s biggest gay event. We are proud of our winners and grateful to all those who turned up to support the LGBT community.”

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Mel B stunned at the event

Some of the UK’s top business leaders, charities and organisations were also recognised for their commitment to the LGBT community.

For a full list of winners, please visit http://www.britishlgbtawards.co.uk/


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