Emeli Sande tops nominations for Rainbow Honors 2022 awards
The Rainbow Honors today revealed the stars nominated for this year’s awards, including singer Emeli Sande, who earlier this month announced she was in a same-sex relationship.
The LGBTQI event last took place in 2019 due to Covid-19 restrictions and will return on June 1.
The awards recognize leading LGBT+ activists, allies and personalities who have worked to advance LGBT+ rights over the past 12 months.
Exciting times: Emeli Sande led Rainbow Honors nominations after announcing she was in a same-sex relationship last month
Comedian Julian Clary and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star Victoria Scone, 29, will host this year’s awards ceremony.
Emeli, 35, should be recognized after her recent exit.
She announced that she fell in love with a pianist after her divorce from husband Adam Gouraguine, and insists that her new partner is “the one for life”.
The Next To Me hitmaker is shortlisted to win a major award overnight for her years of supporting diversity and equality causes.
Couple: Emeli said she never made the decision to go out, but said the topic came naturally in her interview with Metro as girlfriend Yonda sat beside her
During a recent interview, she called her pianist girlfriend her love ‘for life’ after announcing their same-sex relationship last month, where she revealed she fell in love with Yoana after her divorce.
Appearing at National Student Pride at the University of Westminster on Saturday, Emeli said speaking openly about her relationship came “naturally” after deciding she would be honest if asked while promoting her new album Let’s Say For. Instance.
Speaking to Attitude editor Cliff Joannou, Emeli said she never made the decision to come out, but said the subject came up in her interview with Metro when her girlfriend was seated by her side.
Hosts: Comedian Julian Clary and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star Victoria Scone, 29, will host this year’s awards ceremony
She explained: “Even on the [Metro] interview, as soon as I said ‘I’m in love with Yoana’, he said to me ‘so what does that make you?’ and I hadn’t really thought about it, I was just enjoying being in love.
“I just feel like I can fall in love with anyone at any time, and right now I’m in love with Yoana and that’s it for life!”
The singer admitted she regrets not coming out publicly about her sexuality sooner, but said she doesn’t think she could have done so sooner.
“I wish I could have done it sooner because it feels really good,” she said.
“People could see I was going through a lot of things – depression and this and that, and I think I wasted too much time in this low energy, so I wish I was in myself a lot sooner, but it’s all a process. I don’t think I could have done it at the time.
Celebrate: Many other stars have also been nominated for the awards, including Idris Elba (pictured) Daniel Radcliffe and Lorraine Kelly who are all up for Celebrity Ally Of The Year
Emeli said that although being “out and proud” was new to her, she said she never defined who she fell in love with and had developed feelings for both men and women since her birth. childhood.
She continued: “It’s brand new like being out there and being proud, it’s new to be, but I always thought that – I never have rules about who I fall in love with and I always felt so much support from the community.
“So it’s not something that feels like my life has changed so much, it’s just who knows and being open is the main thing.”
Emeli fell in love with Yoana after splitting from childhood sweetheart Adam Gouraguine – whom she dated for 10 years – but said she hasn’t told him about her new relationship.
Tough competition: Paul O’Grady [pictured]will face Tom Daley, Adele Roberts and Stephen Fry for the LGBTQI Celebrity Champion of the Year award
Many other stars have also been nominated for awards sponsored by the Bank of London, including Idris Elba, Daniel Radcliffe, Dermot O’Leary and Lorraine Kelly, who are all up for Celebrity Ally Of The Year.
Evening presenter Julian said: ‘Hosting the Rainbow Honors 2022 is a real privilege and I look forward to celebrating all of the amazing and well-deserving LGBTQI people who are standing up for the community.
“Those who fight for equality and advance rights need to be recognized and I’m honored to help make that happen on what should be a lot of fun night!”
Who will it be: Netflix’s hit series Bridgerton, BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, RuPaul’s Drag Race and Channel 4’s It’s A Sin will compete for the gong Media Moment of the Year
ITV’s For The Love Of Dogs star Paul O’Grady, Olympic swimmer Tom Daley, Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts and actor and broadcaster Stephen Fry are all up for the LGBTQI Celebrity Champion of the Year award .
While Netflix’s hit series Bridgerton, BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, RuPaul’s Drag Race and Channel 4’s It’s A Sin will battle it out for the Media Moment of the Year gong.
Awards founder Linda Riley added: “The shortlisted nominees have all demonstrated their commitment to advancing LGBTQI rights, and the awards will help draw attention to the achievements that have been made and shine a light on what has been achieved. ‘remains to be done. ‘
List of Rainbow Honors 2022 Finalists
ALLIED CELEBRITY OF THE YEAR
CAMPAIGN / INFLUENCER OF THE YEAR
MEDIA MOMENT OF THE YEAR
Ariana DeBose’s Oscar
Jonathan Bailey – Bridgerton
It’s a sin
Cover of Cosmopolitan by Munroe Bergdorf
RuPaul’s Drag Race in the UK
Screenplay by Smithers – Simpsons
John Waite and Johannas Radebe – Strictly Come Dancing
Tom Read Wilson – Celebrities Go Dating
OUTSTANDING NETWORK OF THE YEAR
CITI – Pride Network
EA Pride United Kingdom
GSK – Spectrum
Jacobs – Prism
Legal and General – LGBT+ Allies Network
Financial Times – Proud FT
Publicis – Equality
RAF LGBT+ Freedom Network
THE BANK OF LONDON – CHARITY OF THE YEAR
friend from london
Naz and Matt Foundation
Out and Proud LGBTI African
Schools outside the UK
Terrence Higgins Trust
The Good Law Project
COMMUNITY INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR
Allsorts Youth Project
Intersex equality rights in the UK
TO BE CAREFUL
British Black Pride
Kath Duncan Network
LGTBQI BUSINESS CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
Andrew Keith – Selfridges
Bobbi Pickard – BP
Deon Pillay – Legal and General
Georgina Court – Clifford Chance
Hannah McNamara – Citi
Jamie Christon – Chester Zoo
Laks Mann – Metropolitan Police
Liz Willow – Environmental Agency
Gareth Campbell Julian – British Heart Foundation
FOCUS MEDIA – HOUSING PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
University of Sheffield Accommodation Service
LGBTQI CELEBRITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
Dr Ranj Singh
OPTUM – INSPIRING MODEL OF THE YEAR
Carl Austin-Behan OBE – LGBT Advisor
Christina Riley – Quinn London
Eugenio Pirri – Dorchester Collection
Emma Palethorpe – St. James’s Place Wealth Management
Hannah Bardell MP – Politician
Kayus Fernander – Citi Group
Mark Armario – BT
Sarah Rock – Fladgate
Sheldon Mills – Financial Conduct Authority / Stonewall UK
Suki Sandhu – Involving people
THE BANK OF LONDON – SMALL BRAND OF THE YEAR
Gay is the word
smile and bear
Lazy Paige Aromas
SH! Shop for women
The Queer Brewing Project
GREAT BRAND OF THE YEAR
bank of england
London Stock Exchange Group
Wealth management Place Saint-James
United Public Services
DELIVEROO – COMPANY ALLY OF THE YEAR
Beatrice Martin – UBS
Caroline Frankum – Kantar
Danielle Harper – Aviva
Helen Jones – GSK
Mairead Nayager – Diageo
Pete Markey – Boots
Peter Holden – citi
Sarah Breeden – Bank of England
Tiina Lee – Deutsche Bank
NEW EMPLOYEE NETWORK OF THE YEAR
Banijay – Pride
BHRUT LGBT+ Staff Network
Deliveroo – LGBT+ Network
Greene King – The Greene Village
Kingfisher LGBTQ+ Network
Sheffield LGBT+ Multi-Agency Network
Surrey County Council LGBTQI+ Network
University of Birmingham LGBT Rainbow Network
WPP – Unite
British LGBT+ network WTW
CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR
Everton FC – All together now
HSBC – Love knows no boundaries
Lego – Everyone’s Awesome
Mastercard – Real Name
Naz and Matt Foundation – Proud and Proud Parents Day
The Rainbow Lottery
Terrence Higgins Trust – “Life has really changed…”