Voting open! Your Homo Heroes for 2012

Publish Date: 07/08/2012

It's that time again and we have 21 people nominated across 7 categories and the choice of who wins is up to you! You can vote for some or all of the categories and all we need is a valid email address to confirm your entry.

Voting will continue until 3 September 2012; the winners will then be announced at a special Homo Hero Awards Ceremony on Thursday 20 September 2012.

These awards are important because they are voted for by you, the community, so without further ado, let's meet the nominees!

Homo Hero - Community Champion of the year

Anthony D Cooper

Anthony D Cooper

Tony is the General Manager at Via on Canal Street in Manchester.  He regularly co-ordinates activities for local LGB&T organisations, supports community activities and also fundraises for charities such as Help for Heroes.

Debs Bradshaw

Debs Bradshaw

Debs is the Chair of Lancashire LGBT Centre and works towards ensuring the rights and recognition of the LGB&T community in Lancashire.

Karen Richards and Stuart Donnelly

Karen Richards and Stuart Donnelly

Karen and Stuart were nominated for their joint work in raising both the profile and funds to ensure that Sparkle, the annual Trans event in Manchester, was a success.

>>> VOTE NOW! - www.lgf.org.uk/hero <<<

Homo Hero - Business of the year

Co-operative Respect Network

Co-operative Respect Network

The Respect Network continues to work towards raising awareness of LGB&T people internally, to the Coops membership and in the wider community, supporting Pride events, providing regular bulletins and supporting LGB&T voluntary and community groups and activities.

PantsPants

Pants

Pants is a Manchester based men’s designer underwear store with that have a commitment to putting something back buy working with local gay organisations and promoting gay issues and events in the local area.

Serenity Security Solutions

Serenity Security Solutions

Serenity is a door security company that is committed to working with the community in providing safe and accessible venues for LGB&T people, supporting local activities, events and organisations.

>>> VOTE NOW! - www.lgf.org.uk/hero <<<

Homo Hero - lesbian, gay or bisexual role model of the year

Kevin Maxwell

Kevin Maxwell

Kevin has been challenging the homophobic and racist discrimination he faced and sharing his experiences through the web, through print and by supporting events in order to help others.

Prossy Kakooza

Prossy Kakooza

Prossy is a lesbian from Uganda who works to support others around the issue of LGB&T asylum and immigration and working with individuals and agencies to share her own experiences and improve the lives of others.

Thomas Anderson

Thomas Anderson

Thomas Anderson

Thomas actively promotes LGB&T issues and works for inclusion and raising awareness as part of the Cooperatives Respect Network - he works himself voluntarily with other voluntary and community organisations to embed LGB&T equality within the Cooperative and share their ethical values.

>>> VOTE NOW! - www.lgf.org.uk/hero <<<

Homo Hero - Public Sector Partner of the year

Government Equalities Office

Government Equalities Office

Government Equalities Office continues to actively support the LGB&T agenda, including hosting a consultation on Equal Marriage with local partners in Lancashire, the implementation of the LGB&T Government Action Plan and listening to and working with the LGB&T community.

Healthy Schools Manchester

Healthy Schools Manchester

Healthy Schools involves the whole school and local community – children and young people, school staff and parents and governors are all supported to improve health and wellbeing, making the most of life and learning, their active support of delivering work to challenge homophobia through education is both innovative and inspiring.

Lancashire Constabulary

Lancashire Constabulary

Lancashire Constabulary are committed to LGB&T issues within and outside of the constabulary, providing staff time and resource to support the LGB&T community around homophobic crimes, incidents and bullying and to bring offenders to justice.

>>> VOTE NOW! - www.lgf.org.uk/hero <<<

Homo Hero - Volunteer of the year

Gwyn Starkey

Gwyn Starkey

Gwyn has been an active volunteer for LGB&T groups and organisations for almost 19 years. He is currently the Chair of Icebreakers and works to support and steer this long-standing group through difficult times.

Martine Whitaker

Martine Whitaker

Martine volunteers for 17-24-30 and helps to organise the April Acts of Remembrance and the October Vigil against Hate Crime. Martine commits her own time in order to support equality and also volunteers to support London Pride.

Robert Mee

Robert Mee

Robert has donated his life for 6 years to expand the LGBT Out in the Bay charity in Lancashire. He has put his own money into building the charity and has helped so many people through their struggles of coming out and the ongoing support that is needed.

>>> VOTE NOW! - www.lgf.org.uk/hero <<<

Homo Hero - Community group or organisation of the year

LGBT Out in the Bay

LGBT Out in the Bay

LGBT Out in the Bay provides sessions around building relationships irrespective of individual differences, making life more bearable for vulnerable people that need support and understanding and brings together the community Lancaster and its surrounding areas together.

Manchester Village Spartans

Manchester Village Spartans

Manchester Village Spartans are an inclusive rugby team for gay, bisexual and straight men. In 2012, they hosted the Bingham Cup and hosted a fantastic tournament bringing 1000 rugby players from all over the world together.

Outdoorlads.com

OutdoorLads.com

OutdoorLads is an independent group that provides a realistic and viable 'non-scene' alternative that is focussed on working with the community to improve the health of gay and bisexual men and provides the opportunity to meet like minded people in a supportive and safe environment.

>>> VOTE NOW! - www.lgf.org.uk/hero <<<

Homo Hero - LGB&T venue of the Year Award

Eagle, Manchester

Eagle, Manchester

Eagle Bar provides a safe and welcoming environment for men who like men, where they can be themselves without fear of judgement or harassment, regularly hosting charity events and working with voluntary and community sector groups to raise awareness, celebrating and supporting the community.

icon Bar, Manchester

icon Bar, Manchester

icon Bar provides a safe environment where people can feel at home. Regularly hosting fundraisers and charity nights, there’s a strong community atmosphere with lots of interesting events and activities for LGB&T people and their friends.

Via, Manchester

Via, Manchester

Via works with the community, for the community, organising regular events and supporting community activities. It is a safe venue where the whole community can feel safe, have fun and simply enjoy a night out.

>>> VOTE NOW! - www.lgf.org.uk/hero <<<