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Openly gay shadow business secretary Angela Eagle has praised the commitment to diversity by the top LGBTQ+ businesses shortlisted for British LGBT Awards.
Eagle said the nominated businesses and corporate individuals contributed to a more diverse City and helped boost opportunities for LGBT employees. The British LGBT Awards will take place on 13 May and celebrate celebrities, sports personalities and businesses who work towards a more accepting society.
"The British LGBT Awards shine a light on the individuals and companies who are doing great things to promote diversity and show that being lesbian, gay or bisexual is not a barrier to success," Eagle said. "Many of those shortlisted have demonstrated a track record of promoting equality and diversity in the workplace. I congratulate all of those on the shortlist and look forward to meeting the winners on 13 May."
Gay and straight celebrities including Adele, Zayn Malik, Stephen Fry, Sam Smith and many others have been nominated this year, and the organisation announced many UK businesses shortlisted in the categories corporate straight ally, employer of the year, corporate rising star, inspirational role model and network group.
Banks such as Barclays and JP Morgan as well as financial institutions PwC and KPMG are among the shortlisted LGBT businesses and individuals.
CORPORATE STRAIGHT ALLY
Paul Polman, Unilever
Lisa Crawley, Worldpay
Aongus Hegarty, Dell
Kevin Ellis, PwC
Penny Mordaunt, Minister for the Armed Forces
Vincent Neate, KPMG
Simon Eaves, Accenture
General James Everard, British Army
Rt Hon. the Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC MP, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, UK Parliament
Martin Coyd OBE, Lendlease
EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR
CORPORATE RISING STAR
Sarah Fennell, HSBC
Rafael Campos Valdez, TSB
Alessandro Commisso, Lush
Aritha Wickramasinghe, K&L Gates
Andrew Barratt, Unilever (Former Ogilvy)
Matt Scarff, ITV
Caroline Shrader, Fujitsu
Christopher Moody, BP
Morgana Bailey, State Street Corporation
INSPIRATIONAL ROLE MODEL
Kevin Dallas, Worldpay
Geoff Godwin, AIG
Lee Marshall, Church of England
Amy Stanning, Barclays
Richard Beaven, Swinton Insurance
Flight Lieutenant Ayla Holdom, RAF
Marianne Roling, Microsoft
Mark Anderson, Virgin Holidays
Simon Blake, NUS
Susan Silbermann, Pfizer
Gavin Wills, CEO Goldman Sachs
J.P. Morgan PRIDE UK Business Resource Group (BRG), JP Morgan
Rainbow Network, Lloyds banking group
Out at Tesco, Tesco
LGBT Pride Employee network, UBS
FLAGG, FCO's LGBT Staff Network, FCO
Pride At Work, Thomson Reuters
Archway, Network Rail