jodieharshImmerse yourself in the party atmosphere as LGBT London comes together for the first-ever Winter Pride UK on 8th February 2014. Renowned DJ, producer, and celebrity, Jodie Harsh, announces she will be hosting the Winter Pride UK Awards, as voting goes live!

Voting is now open for the Winter Pride UK Awards! The Winter Pride UK Awards will recognise fantastic achievement in the LGBT community. Now is your chance to cast your vote for your favourite nominee at winterprideuk.com. You have until the 24th January to vote, before the winners are announced at the Winter Pride Awards ceremony on 8th February.

Adam and Steve, and Ellen and Eve will be regrowing the Garden of Eden for the exclusive awards ceremony, hosted by Jodie Harsh and supported by the RAF. Life-sized trees will nestle golden apples amongst art installations in this little piece of paradise, while Harsh presents 14 awards reflecting the range of the LGBT community and the straight allies who support it, including LGBT Luminary of the Year, Best LGBT Content in Film and Television – nominated by the programmers of BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and Personality of the Year. Many famous faces appear across the awards, including Ian McKellen, Clare Balding, Gareth Thomas, Nicola Adams, Heather Peace, Angel Haze, Daniel Radcliffe and national treasure, Stephen Fry, who said, “I am thrilled to be nominated as LGBT Luminary of the Year for Winter Pride UK. Artistic and cultural events of this kind are so important for the well being of the LGBT community”.

The Awards also include a new Art Award, sponsored by Smirnoff Gold and now open to submissions from both emerging and established artists. The judging panel will consist of Frances Segelman – Sculptress to HM The Queen; Helena Zedig – Deputy Head of Press at the Southbank Centre; Clive Jennings – Director of National Print Gallery and Director of CHART gallery, Sam Walker – Artist, Curator and Director of CHART gallery and Simon Tarrant – Artist, Curator and Director of Winter Pride Art Awards.

tobaccdock02A cash prize of £1000 will be awarded to the artist demonstrating the most inventive spirit.

Winter Pride will be a celebration of LGBT arts and culture with performances and an awards ceremony. Winter Pride’s focus is embracing equality, diversity and inclusivity, and the fostering of mutual respect between all demographic groups, irrespective of background, race, religion, gender and, of course, sexuality.

Smirnoff has been pioneering new and unique experiences throughout its history, and are now working with leading nightlife curators to inspire and facilitate innovative new ideas through the #YoursForTheMaking campaign, to challenge conventions and inspire people to try something new.

Please enjoy Smirnoff sensibly. Visit www.smirnoff.com – a single shot may be enjoyed responsibly as part of an occasion, but Smirnoff will not depict or encourage rapid or multiple shot consumption by individuals.
L-Wired, the creators of London Pride’s 2013 Big Gay Bash, have put together the most experienced and multi-disciplined team in the LGBT business world to bring you the inaugural Winter Pride UK.

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L-Wired was founded by Nicola Chubb and Rebecca Paisis, who have over 12 years experience running the best events in London for gay women and the LGBT community. Creators of the Findhrr app for gay women, their events include MINT, the Big Gay Bash, Code, One Love, and collaborations with Brighton Pride, OPP and many more.

A limited number of Award tickets will be available at £75 each. For bookings contact Nicola@winterprideuk.com

1. Art Awards

2. LGBT Luminary of the Year
1. Ian McKellen
2. Stephen Fry
3. Ellen Degenerees
4. Clare Balding
5. Rehana Kausar and Sobia Kamar

tobaccodock033. Best International Media Coverage
1. gaystarnews.com
2. huffingtonpost.com/co.uk
3. pinknews.co.uk
4. queerty.com
5. The Guardian newspaper

4. Best DJ
1. DJ Nick Grimshaw
2. DJ Lady Lola
3. Maze & Masters
4. Kris Di Angelis
5. DJ Ruby Rose

5. LGBT Luminary of the Year, Best LGBT Content in Film and Television – nominated by the programmers of BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
1. Orange is the New Black
2. Behind the Candelabra
3. Blue is the Warmest Colour
4. Stranger by the Lake
5. Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

6. Best British LGBT venue of the Year
1. Edge
2. Ku Bar
3. Madam Jo Jos
4. GAY / Heaven
5. Revenge

7. Best British LGBT Event
1. Summer Rites
2. Black Pride
3. Lovebox
4. London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
5. Student Pride

8. Charity Organisation of the Year
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2. Galop
3. Albert Kennedy Trust
4. Terrence Higgins Trust
5. Trans Media Watch

9. Best Sports Person
1. Claire Harvey
2. Megan Rapinoe
3. Carl Hester
4. Gareth Thomas
5. Nicola Adams

10. Personality of the year
1. Heather Peace
2. Angel Haze
3. Sarah Brown
4. Ben Cohen
5. Daniel Radcliffe

11. Diversity Organisation of the Year
1. Smirnoff
2. Google
3. EY
4. BP
5. Barclays

12. Best British publication of the year
1. Attitude
2. Diva
3. Gay Times
4. So So Gay
5. QX

13. Best International Gay Event
1. Circuit Party Barcelona
2. White Party Miami
3. Salvation – International
4. WE Party – International
5. Arosa Gay Ski Week

14. Best International Lesbian Event
1. Aqua Girl – Miami
2. Girl Nation – NYC
3. Girlie Circuit Barcelona
4. L-Fest UK
5. GB2 The Abbey

In celebrating the cultural diversity of the LGBT community, the Art Award, sponsored by Smirnoff, will give emerging artists the opportunity to win a significant cash prize of £1000 and participate in a nationally publicised art exhibition.
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About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.