11 September 2015
Four hundred guests, including the First Minister, community groups and organisations from across the public and private spheres attended the first Scottish LGBTI Awards ceremony at Glasgow’s iconic Grand Central Hotel.
The awards celebrated people and groups who have made important contributions to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality and human rights in Scotland during the past year. The red carpet event was hosted by comedienne Karen Dunbar and organised by the Equality Network, Scotland’s national LGBTI equality and human rights charity.
Touching and genuine speech by Nicola Sturgeon at tonight's LGBTI Awards in Glasgow. Her Award greatly deserved. Standing ovation for her.
— Derek Ogg QC (@lastmanleaving) September 11, 2015
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon who won the Politician of the Year Award said:
To receive this award is a massive honour.
The last year has been momentous for Scotland and for the history of LGBTI equality with the introduction of one of the most progressive pieces of legislation in the world on same sex marriage. Since the legislation came into force, more than 1,200 same sex marriages have taken place in Scotland.
This reaffirms that our nation is absolutely committed to the same rights for all our citizens. The introduction of same sex marriage in Scotland is proof of that commitment.
The Scottish Government is working for a more equal society which values Scotland’s diverse communities and the important role they play in enriching Scotland socially, culturally and economically.”
Scott Cuthbertson, of the Equality Network, said:
It was absolutely wonderful to be celebrating the achievements of Scotland’s LGBTI community at the first Scottish LGBTI Awards. The past year has been an amazing year for LGBTI equality so it was inspiring to celebrate how far we have come since decriminalisation in 1980 with so many supports and allies of equality while looking to the future and talking about the challenges LGBTI people still face.
Equality is won in inches and not in miles, so it was great to recognise and celebrate all the people working so hard in communities, workplaces, schools, services and in our Parliament, each contributing to huge progress and change for LGBTI people in recent years.”
— First Minister (@ScotGovFM) September 10, 2015
A full list of the winners and nominees of the first Scottish LGBTI Awards 2015 can be viewed here