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Harry Styles and Sam Smith top shortlist for British LGBT Awards

Harry Styles and Sam Smith have been shortlisted at the British LGBT Awards (Picture: Getty)

Harry Styles and Sam Smith are among the stars nominated in the upcoming British LGBT Awards.

The event will shine a light on those who ‘stood shoulder to shoulder’ with the community in the last year.

The annual awards, voted for by the public, celebrate figures from across the business, charity, arts and celebrity sectors who have worked to advance the rights of LGBT people.

Former One Direction singer Harry, 27, who in recent years has embraced an androgynous fashion style and been vocal in his support of the LGBT community, is tapped in the MTV music artist category.

He features alongside Dancing with a Stranger warbler Sam, 28, American singer Lil Nas X, Lizzo, and The 1975.

The celebrity ally nominees include RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage, Spice Girl Melanie C, activist and actress Jane Fonda, and Jodie Comer who plays bisexual assassin Villanelle in TV series Killing Eve.

Michelle Visage is nominated in the celebrity ally category (Picture: Getty Images Europe)

Juno star Elliot Page, who came out as transgender last year, is nominated in the celebrity category alongside Fleabag star Andrew Scott, model Cara Delevingne, Queer Eye star Tan France and pop star Demi Lovato.

Channel 4’s acclaimed drama It’s A Sin, which explores the HIV/Aids crisis in 1980s London and is created and written by Queer As Folk’s Russell T Davies, has been shortlisted for the media moment prize.

Also in the running is Nicola Adams and Katya Jones becoming the first same-sex couple on Strictly Come Dancing, and RuPaul’s Drag Race featuring its first transgender queen in the US, Gottmik.

For the first time, the awards will draw attention to the absence of openly gay footballers in the Premier League through a new prize.

The football ally award highlights personalities who are working to address the taboo in the sport, and nominees include Match of the Day host Gary Lineker, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.

Sarah Garrett, British LGBT Awards founder, said: ‘These awards shine a light on those who have stood shoulder to shoulder with the LGBT+ community, during what has been an extremely challenging 12 months.

‘The nominees, which include an exciting mix of famous LGBT+ faces, allies and organisations have all demonstrated a commitment to advancing LGBT+ rights.

‘The awards on August 27, which will take place after lockdown restrictions are eased, will be a huge celebration that’s needed more than ever.’

Votes can cast at britishlgbtawards.com.

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