The Independent on Sunday has opened the nominations for its established annual Pink List. The pioneering list, which is now in its twelfth year, celebrates today’s 101 most influential lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Britain. Previous honourees include Sir Ian McKellan, Alan Bennett, Sue Perkins and Jeanette Winterson.
The list will be announced in the paper on 4 November 2012, and The Independent on Sunday is calling on all readers and non-readers to submit their nominations for their LGBT heroes – whether they are in the public eye or are unsung champions campaigning for progress and equality.
Editor of The Independent on Sunday, John Mullin said, ‘The Pink List has firmly established itself as the most definitive list of influential and high-profile lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the UK. At The Independent on Sunday we have a history of championing talent from all walks of life and are excited about who will be making it onto this year’s list’.
Judging the entries this year will be some of Britain’s most significant and high-profile LGBT individuals including; film director Campbell X, Chief Executive of Stonewall Ben Summerskill, Trans Media Watch campaigner Paris Lees, editor of DIVA magazine Jane Czyzselska, Chief Executive of PACE Margaret Unwin and last year’s Pink List number one, LGBT Schools Advisor and founder of ‘Educate and Celebrate’, Elly Barnes.
Paris Scarlett Lees, Trans Media Watch Campaigner said, ‘We have to remind the world about the wonderful contribution our diverse community makes to wider society. More importantly, we have to reach the lonely teenager who feels like they can’t go on any more because no one told them that they, too, can flourish; that they, too, have a whole and happy life to live. So long as there are children – and adults – who still feel ashamed of who they are and who they love, the Pink List is vital.’
To submit a nomination, visit the official Pink List website, or alternatively email [email protected]. You can also post your nominations to Pink List, The Independent on Sunday, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5HF. The closing date for nominations is 28 October 2012.