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

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 show [pictured 2019]

Drag queen Victoria, 29, who shot to fame on RuPaul's Drag Race UK, will take on host duties at the Rainbow Honors [pictured 2021]

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

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

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

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

Claire Sweeney

Daniel Radcliffe

Dermot O’Leary

Idris Elba

Jade Thirlwall

Lewis Hamilton

Lorraine Kelly

Sinita

CAMPAIGN / INFLUENCER OF THE YEAR

Kiwanuka Abbey

Bissi Alim

David Moreton

Dr. Ronx

Marc Healey

Peter Tatchell

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah

Yasmine Benoit

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

BP Pride

CITI – Pride Network

EA Pride United Kingdom

GSK – Spectrum

Jacobs – Prism

Legal and General – LGBT+ Allies Network

Lockton

Financial Times – Proud FT

Publicis – Equality

RAF LGBT+ Freedom Network

THE BANK OF LONDON – CHARITY OF THE YEAR

Diversity models

friend from london

Sirens

Naz and Matt Foundation

Out and Proud LGBTI African

Rainbow migration

Schools outside the UK

Stonewall Housing

Terrence Higgins Trust

The Good Law Project

COMMUNITY INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

Allsorts Youth Project

flee

Gallop

Gender Intelligence

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

Catalyst

Folio

Gleeson Homes

L&Q

Riverside

Stonewall Housing

Touchstone

University of Sheffield Accommodation Service

LGBTQI CELEBRITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR

Adele Robert

Dr Ranj Singh

Emeli Sande

Golda Rosheuvel

Paul O’Grady

Sandi Toksvig

Stephen Fry

Tom Daley

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

Dr Botanicals

Gay is the word

smile and bear

Lazy Paige Aromas

myGwork

Naughty slut

SH! Shop for women

The Queer Brewing Project

GREAT BRAND OF THE YEAR

bank of england

Deliveroo

London Stock Exchange Group

MasterCard

Monzo

national grid

organon

Wealth management Place Saint-James

ICT Tac

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…”

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