We hope you have enjoyed our Pride Life Awards so far, but here is the final category – who has made the most significant contribution of all.
Gold – Sir Ian Mckellen
Stage and screen legend Sir Ian shares his time between acting and campaigning for gay rights. He came out to the general public in 1988 (although he had been out to his family and fellow actors from an early age) to voice his opposition to the controversial Section 28. He’s a founder member of Stonewall and more recently has been visiting UK schools on their behalf to talk to children about homophobic bullying. He also takes his campaigns internationally, encouraging closeted Hollywood actors to come out (so far with limited success) and by calling the Mayor of Moscow a coward when he refused to allow a gay parade in the city. He was also taken off the air in Singapore when he asked an interviewer if he could recommend a good gay bar!
Silver – Quentin Crisp
The Naked Civil Servant, the colourful and witty autobiography of this writer, raconteur and controversial gay icon, tells the story of a man’s refusal to stay in the closet through defiant exhibitionism. The associated TV dramatisation starring William Hurt became a critical hit on both sides of the Atlantic.
Bronze – The Internet
Although a double-edged sword, the internet has changed the life of gay people and not just for sordid and gratuitous reasons. It offers a support network for those in isolated communities is a great source of information and has been invaluable in the global fight for gay rights.