Gold, silver and bronze win for The LGF in the Co-op Respect ‘Loved by You’ Awards 2013!

Publish Date: 19/12/2013

The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (The LGF) is the proud winner of three awards in the Respect ‘Loved by You’ Awards 2013, announced the Co-operative Respect Network today.

outnorthwest published by The LGF won first place for Regional LGBT Magazine of the Year, the charity won second place for Health & Wellbeing Charity of the Year and third place for LGBT Charity of the Year – marking gold, silver and bronze wins!

The awards received 8,753 nominations over the past four weeks and generated lots of interest as news of the awards reached over 2.5 million people on Twitter with lots of support from community groups, celebrities and charities.

Chief Executive of The LGF, Paul Martin OBE, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that The LGF have won gold, silver and bronze in the Co-operative’s Respect ‘Loved by You’ Awards. We are proud of the support from the LGB&T community and feel that these awards are a true testament to what teamwork and determination can achieve. None of this would have been possible without the hard work of all our volunteers and staff. 

“Winning these medals of honour reminds us of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi and the current laws in Russia banning homosexual ‘propaganda,’ and we would like to dedicate these awards to our brothers and sisters in Russia who are currently facing intolerable discrimination. You are not alone.

“I'd also like to thank everyone who voted for us and for their continued support as we look towards 2014 with high hopes for a future where there is a global acceptance of all people, no matter what their sexual orientation.”

Published by The LGF since 2000, outnorthwest is distributed throughout the North West and is the leading regional lesbian, gay and bisexual people's magazine, with a readership of 60,000 people.

Editor of outnorthwest, Grahame Robertson, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that we’ve won this award, and even more so because it was voted for by the community. I’ve always believed that outnorthwest is a unique magazine, offering information and advice in a way that no other LGB title does.

“This award belongs to everyone who has contributed to outnorthwest over the last 14 years – many of whom are volunteers and all of whom are a part of the community we exist to serve. A huge thank-you to everyone who voted for outnorthwest and to everyone who continues to pick the magazine up.”

The free bi-monthly magazine provides the latest in new legislation and sexual health developmentsto keep readers informed, educated and safe; and to encourage the celebration of sexuality and diversity.

The Manchester community also made an impact on the awards with Canal Street bar, Taurus, winning LGBT Bar of the Year and Manchester’s baking social group The Village Bakers named as LGBT Social/Networking Group of the Year.

High profile winners included Olympic champion diver Tom Daley, who recently made his now infamous YouTube video declaring his love for another man, was awarded with Inspiring Celebrity of the Year award, and Stephen Fry won Tweeter of the Year award.

The awards were an opportunity for people from the UK and all over the world to vote for their favourites in 27 diverse categories.

Categories ranged from ‘LGBT Community Group of the Year’ to ‘Inclusive Event of the Year,’ with the top three in each category being those who received the most nominations.

Organisers wanted to ensure that all areas of life and interests were covered in the categories, and had a real community feel.

Thomas Anderson, Co-Chair of the Respect network said: “We believe the awards offer a rare opportunity for the smallest community groups and events to be celebrated alongside the biggest. We don’t think there are enough opportunities to celebrate the inspiring work and positive impact of more isolated and community based groups, events and initiatives.

“We are very happy that the final results include many smaller and lesser known groups and people and the diversity of the LGBT community throughout the UK shines through. Big thanks to everyone that took the time to nominate.”

Winners of the ‘Respect ‘Loved by You’ Awards’ were announced here:www.co-operative.coop/corporate/RespectLGBT/Loved-by-You-Awards-2013/

To read the latest December 2013 - January 2014 issue of outnorthwest, please visit:http://www.lgf.org.uk/get-support/outnorthwest/outnorthwest-archive/outnorthwest-issue-119/