The Icon Awards 2015 programme which rewards individuals, charities, organisations and businesses across Scotland’s LGBTI community, was launched yesterday evening with a spectacular Gala, in Glasgow.
The awards, organised by Glasgow-based marketing company, Paramount Creative, empowers the public to vote for nominees in 18 categories via the Icon Awards website, which was launched yesterday.
The Icon Awards will hit Glasgow’s luxurious Crowne Plaza Hotel on 9 October showcasing Scotland’s diverse LGBTI culture with an glamrous night of entertainment.
The awards aim to recognise, and celebrate excellence within the LGBTI community giving out prizes to those most deserving spanning the full spectrum of the LGBTI community, from “Politician of the Year” to “Employer of the Year”.
A key partner is Waverley Care, a HIV and Hepatitis C charity based in Edinburgh, and organisers are hoping to raise in excess for £30,000 for the charity.
The awards were launched with an extravagant, lavish night of entertainment at the Light Nightclub, hosted by fabulous drag queen Barbara La Bush, with performers, singers and guests such as Allan Jay, Horse Macdonald, Edward Reid, Benedict Garrett, Bee Fiarse Beaujames, Tom Harlow, Mimi Morrison, Deano Monsoon, Lacy Rain, and Rujazzle, to name just a few.
Many organisations, events and charities from across Scotland’s diverse LGBTI community participated, including: Stonewall Scotland, Gay Men’s Health, HIV Scotland, LGBT Youth Scotland, Pride Glasgow, Pride Edinburgh, Swan Network and Out In Glasgow.
Other key companies that attended the launch included, Royal Bank Of Scotland, Barclays Bank, Santander, Tesco/Tesco Band, We Are AD, PCR, Wheatley Group, Fergus & Glover, Alzheimer’s Scotland, Legal Spark and even the Royal Air Force, sporting view handsome soldiers that partly stole the attention and show.
Media organisations incuded the Sunday Herald, STV, Xpress Radio, and your very own – KaleidoScot.
Speaking with KaleidoScot, Michael Macfarlane, event manager for Paramount Creative said: “I believe that Scotland for too long has been sidelined in main stream LGBTI award nights, so with The Icon Awards we want to create a night to reward those working in and or connected with Scotland in some way.
“We are creating an inclusive event, open for everyone to come and enjoy, and help us celebrate the brilliantly diverse and open society Scotland is becoming.
“There is still lots to do, so we hope our 18 categories will help to break down even more barriers, especially in sport with our sporting Icon award. We urge everyone to log on and vote, and help us uncover the best venues, businesses and people who should be recognised and who should win at the first ever Icon gala final in October.”
Check here a gallery of photos from the launch party – courtesy of our media partners, QS & XPression Photography: