Phillip Schofield cuts a suave figure in a tuxedo at Rainbow Honours awards ceremony

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Phillip Schofield larked around with his friend Gok Wan as they arrived at the Rainbow Honours awards ceremony in London on Tuesday evening.

The This Morning host, 60, cut a suave figure in a black tuxedo and laughed as he struck playful poses with the fashion consultant, 47, at 8 Northumberland Avenue.

Phillip’s dapper ensemble consisted of black trousers, a crisp white shirt, a bowtie, a black jacket and smart suit shoes as he dressed to the nines for the event. 

Fun times: Phillip Schofield larked around with his friend Gok Wan as they arrived at the Rainbow Honours awards ceremony on Tuesday evening

Gok looked smart in a black T-shirt and trousers, which he wore underneath a black blazer as he posed with head head propped up on Phillip’s shoulder.

He wore his signature thick-framed glasses and carried a black clutch bag in one hand, while he accessorised his look with a simple gold chain necklace.

The Rainbow Honours celebrate LGBTQ+ activists, allies and celebrities who have worked to advance the rights of the LGBTQ+ community during the past 12 months.

This year’s awards, which take place on the first day of Pride month, saw Emeli Sande shortlisted after she recently came out and announced she was in a same-sex relationship.

Smart: The This Morning host, 60, cut a suave figure in a black tuxedo posed on the red carpet at 8 Northumberland Avenue in London

Smart: The This Morning host, 60, cut a suave figure in a black tuxedo posed on the red carpet at 8 Northumberland Avenue in London

Suave: Phillip's dapper ensemble consisted of black trousers, a crisp white shirt, a bowtie, a black jacket and smart suit shoes as he dressed to the nines for the event

Suave: Phillip’s dapper ensemble consisted of black trousers, a crisp white shirt, a bowtie, a black jacket and smart suit shoes as he dressed to the nines for the event

Elsewhere at the ceremony, Sinitta cut a glamorous figure in a stunning black halter neck gown with a daring side split.

The American singer, 58, flaunted her ample assets in the dress, which she embellished with a brooch, while she added height to her frame with black stilettos.

She flaunted her striking looks with a dramatic touch of mascara and a slick of pink lipstick, while she styled her dark tresses in a voluminous up-do.

Stephen Fry also attended the star-studded event and looked smart in a black tuxedo, adding a pop of colour to his look with a purple bowtie.

Pals: Gok looked smart in a black T-shirt and trousers, which he wore underneath a black blazer as he posed with head head propped up on Phillip's shoulder

Peace: He wore his signature thick-framed glasses and carried a black clutch bag in one hand, while he accessorised his look with a simple gold chain necklace

Pals: Gok looked smart in a black T-shirt and trousers, which he wore underneath a black blazer as he posed with head head propped up on Phillip’s shoulder

Gorgeous: Elsewhere at the ceremony, Sinitta cut a glamorous figure in a stunning black halter neck gown with a daring side split

Gorgeous: Elsewhere at the ceremony, Sinitta cut a glamorous figure in a stunning black halter neck gown with a daring side split

The actor, 64, is up for the LGBTQI Celebrity Champion of the Year award, as are Paul O’Grady, Olympic Swimmer Tom Daley and Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts.

Comedian Paul, 66, cut a polished figure in a black tuxedo as he arrived for the LGBTQ+ awards ceremony, which could see him be awarded a gong.

Meanwhile, Anna Richardson looked effortlessly stylish in black trousers and a white T-shirt with ‘& love’ scrawled across it in red lettering.

The presenter, 51, who recently split from Sue Perkins, completed her attire with a black blazer and pointed heels.

Looking good: Stephen Fry also attended the star-studded event and looked smart in a black tuxedo, adding a pop of colour to his look with a purple bowtie

Looking good: Stephen Fry also attended the star-studded event and looked smart in a black tuxedo, adding a pop of colour to his look with a purple bowtie

Gong: The actor, 64, is up for the LGBTQI Celebrity Champion of the Year award, as are Paul O'Grady, Olympic Swimmer Tom Daley and Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts

Gong: The actor, 64, is up for the LGBTQI Celebrity Champion of the Year award, as are Paul O’Grady, Olympic Swimmer Tom Daley and Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts

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She accessorised her ensemble with an array of bracelets and clutched a black bag in her hands as she smiled for photographs.

Anna styled her signature fringed tresses in a straight fashion and accentuated her striking features with a nude make-up palette.

Julian Clary, who is hosting the awards alongside RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star Victoria Scone, looked sensational in a sparkling black jacket and silver boots.

The comedian, 63, opted for a dramatic slick of blue eyeshadow and a touch of red lipstick to complete the glitzy look.

Nominated: Comedian Paul, 66, cut a polished figure in a black tuxedo as he arrived for the LGBTQ+ awards ceremony, which could see him be awarded a gong

Nominated: Comedian Paul, 66, cut a polished figure in a black tuxedo as he arrived for the LGBTQ+ awards ceremony, which could see him be awarded a gong

Love: Meanwhile, Anna Richardson looked effortlessly stylish in black trousers and a white T-shirt with '& love' scrawled across it in red lettering

Love: Meanwhile, Anna Richardson looked effortlessly stylish in black trousers and a white T-shirt with ‘& love’ scrawled across it in red lettering

Also attending the event were Cathryn Wright, actress Sally Lindsay, Phillip Baldwin and broadcaster Peter Tatchell.

Founder of the Rainbow Honours and publisher of DIVA magazine Linda Riley also stepped out at the awards ceremony and was seen posing with Anna Richardson.

The Rainbow Honours is back in full force after it was cancelled for the past two years, last being held in 2019 due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Glitzy: Julian Clary, who is hosting the awards alongside RuPaul's Drag Race UK star Victoria Scone, looked sensational in a sparkling black jacket on the red carpet

Glitzy: Julian Clary, who is hosting the awards alongside RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star Victoria Scone, looked sensational in a sparkling black jacket on the red carpet

Sparkling: Julian sported a black sparkling jacket, black trousers and glitzy silver boots

Glam: Drag star Victoria Scone looked as glamorous as ever in a sparkling gown

Hosts: The comedian, 63, opted for a dramatic slick of blue eyeshadow and a touch of red lipstick to complete the glitzy look while Victoria Scone looked as glamorous as ever 

The awards ceremony could see Emeli Sande recognised after she recently came out and announced she was in a same-sex relationship.

The singer, 35, announced she had fallen for pianist Yonda following her divorce from husband Adam Gouraguine, and insisted her new partner is ‘the one for life’.

The Next To Me hitmaker was shortlisted to win a major prize on the night for her years of support for diversity and equality causes.

Pals: Founder of the Rainbow Honours and publisher of DIVA magazine Linda Riley also stepped out at the awards ceremony and was seen posing with Anna Richardson

Loved-up: Jeremy Vine and his wife Rachel appeared as smitten as ever at the awards ceremony

Founder of the Rainbow Honours and publisher of DIVA magazine Linda Riley also stepped out at the awards ceremony, as did Jeremy Vine and his wife Rachel

During a recent interview, she called her pianist girlfriend her love ‘for life’ after announcing her same sex relationship last month, where she revealed she fell for Yoana following her divorce.

Appearing at National Student Pride at the University of Westminster on Saturday, Emeli said speaking openly about her relationship came ‘naturally’ after deciding she would be honest if she was asked while promoting her new album Let’s Say for Instance.

Speaking to Attitude editor Cliff Joannou, Emeli said she never made a decision to come out but said the topic came up in her interview with Metro as her girlfriend was sitting alongside her.

She explained: ‘Even on the [Metro] interview, as soon as I said ‘I’m in love with Yoana’, he was like ‘so what does that make you?’ and I hadn’t really thought about it, I was just enjoying being in love.

Couple: The awards ceremony could see Emeli Sande recognised after she recently came out and announced she was in a same-sex relationship with pianist Yonda

Couple: The awards ceremony could see Emeli Sande recognised after she recently came out and announced she was in a same-sex relationship with pianist Yonda

‘I just feel that I can fall in love with anybody at any time, and right now I’m in love with Yoana and that’s it for life!’

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The singer admitted she regrets not speaking publicly about her sexuality sooner, but said she doesn’t think she would have been able to do it any earlier.

‘I wish I would have maybe done this sooner, because it does feel really good,’ she said.

‘People could see I was going through a lot – depression and this and that, and I think I wasted too much time in that low energy, so I wish I was up in myself a lot sooner, but it’s all a process. I don’t think I could have done it back then.’

Emeli said although being ‘out and proud’ is new for her, she said she has never defined who she falls in love with and has developed feelings for both men and women since childhood.

Celebrate: Many other stars have also been nominated at the awards including Idris Elba (pictured) Daniel Radcliffe and Lorraine Kelly who are all up for Celebrity Ally Of The Year

Celebrate: Many other stars have also been nominated at the awards including Idris Elba (pictured) Daniel Radcliffe and Lorraine Kelly who are all up for Celebrity Ally Of The Year

She continued: ‘It’s all new as in like being out and being proud, that’s new to be, but I’ve always felt that – I never have rules of who I fall in love with and I’ve always felt so much support from the community.

‘So it’s not something that feels like my life has changed that much, it’s just who knows about it and being open, that’s the main part.’

Emeli fell in love with Yoana after splitting from her childhood sweetheart Adam Gouraguine – who she dated for 10 years – but said she hasn’t spoken to him about her new relationship. 

Many other stars have also been nominated at the awards which is sponsored by the Bank of London including Idris Elba, Daniel Radcliffe, Dermot O’Leary and Lorraine Kelly who are all up for Celebrity Ally Of The Year. 

Who will it be: Netflix’s hit series Bridgerton, BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, RuPaul’s Drag Race and Channel 4’s It’s A Sin will battle it out for the Media Moment of the Year gong

Who will it be: Netflix’s hit series Bridgerton, TSTIME’s Strictly Come Dancing, RuPaul’s Drag Race and Channel 4’s It’s A Sin will battle it out for the Media Moment of the Year gong

The presenter for the evening, Julian said: ‘Hosting the Rainbow Honours 2022 is a real privilege and I can’t wait to celebrate all of the incredible, well-deserving LGBTQI people standing up for the community. 

‘Those fighting for equality and advancing rights should be recognised and I’m honoured to play a part in helping that happen during a night which should be a lot of fun!’ 

ITV’s For The Love Of Dogs star Paul O’Grady, Olympic Swimmer Tom Daley, Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts and actor and broadcaster Stephen Fry are all in the running for the LGBTQI Celebrity Champion of the Year award. 

While, Netflix’s hit series Bridgerton, TSTIME’s Strictly Come Dancing, RuPaul’s Drag Race and Channel 4’s It’s A Sin will battle it out for the Media Moment of the Year gong.  

Founder of the awards Linda Riley, added: ‘The shortlisted nominees have all demonstrated a commitment to advancing LGBTQI rights, and the awards will help draw attention to the achievements which have been made and shine a light on what else needs to be done.’

Rainbow Honours shortlist 2022

CELEBRITY ALLY OF THE YEAR 

Claire Sweeney

Daniel Radcliffe

Dermot O’Leary

Idris Elba

Jade Thirlwall

Lewis Hamilton

Lorraine Kelly

Sinitta

 

CAMPAIGNER / INFLUENCER OF THE YEAR

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Abbey Kiwanuka

Bisi Alimi

Dave Moreton

Dr Ronx

Mark Healey

Peter Tatchell

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah

Yasmin Benoit

 

MEDIA MOMENT OF THE YEAR

Ariana DeBose’s Academy Award

Jonathan Bailey – Bridgerton

It’s A Sin

Munroe Bergdorf’s Cosmopolitan cover

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

Smithers storyline – Simpsons

John Waite and Johannas Radebe – Strictly Come Dancing

Tom Read Wilson – Celebs Go Dating

 

OUTSTANDING NETWORK OF THE YEAR

BP Pride

CITI – Pride Network

EA Pride UK

GSK – Spectrum

Jacobs – Prism

Legal and General – LGBT+ Allies Network

Lockton

TSTIME – Proud FT

Publicis – Égalité

RAF LGBT+ Freedom Network

 

THE BANK OF LONDON – CHARITY OF THE YEAR

Diversity Role Models

London Friend

Mermaids

Naz and Matt Foundation

Out and Proud African LGBTI

Rainbow Migration

Schools OUT UK

Stonewall Housing

Terrence Higgins Trust

The Good Law Project

 

COMMUNITY INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

Allsorts Youth Project

elop

Galop

Gendered Intelligence

Intersex Equality Rights UK

MIND OUT

UK Black Pride

Kath Duncan Network

 

LGTBQI CORPORATE CHAMPION OF THE YEAR

Andrew Keith – Selfridges

Bobbi Pickard – BP

Deon Pillay – Legal and General

Georgina Court – Clifford Chance

Hannah McNamara – Citi

Jamie Christon – Chester Zoo

Laks Mann – Metropolitan Police

Liz Willow – Environmental Agency

Gareth Campbell Julian – British Heart Foundation

 

FOCUS MEDIA – HOUSING PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

Catalyst

Folio

Gleeson Homes

L & Q

Riverside

Stonewall Housing

Touchstone

University of Sheffield Accommodation Service

 

 

LGBTQI CELEBRITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR

Adele Roberts

Dr Ranj Singh

Emeli Sandé

Golda Rosheuvel

Paul O’Grady

Sandi Toksvig

Stephen Fry

Tom Daley

 

OPTUM – INSPIRATIONAL ROLE MODEL OF THE YEAR

Carl Austin-Behan OBE – LGBT Advisor

Christina Riley – Quinn London

Eugenio Pirri – Dorchester Collection

Emma Palethorpe – St. James’s Place Wealth Management

Hannah Bardell MP – Politician

Kayus Fernander – Citi Group

Mark Armario – BT

Sarah Rock – Fladgate

Sheldon Mills – Financial Conduct Authority / Stonewall UK

Suki Sandhu – INvolve People

 

THE BANK OF LONDON – SMALL BRAND OF THE YEAR

Dr Botanicals

Gay’s The Word

Grin & Bear

Lazy Paige Aromas

myGwork

Saucy Bitch

SH! Women’s Store

The Queer Brewing Project

 

LARGE BRAND OF THE YEAR

Bank of England

Deliveroo

London Stock Exchange Group

Mastercard

Monzo

National Grid

Organon

St. James’s Place Wealth Management

TikTok

United Utilities

 

DELIVEROO – CORPORATE ALLY OF THE YEAR

Beatriz Martin – UBS

Caroline Frankum – Kantar

Danielle Harper – Aviva

Helen Jones – GSK

Mairead Nayager – Diageo

Pete Markey – Boots

Peter Holden – citi

Sarah Breeden – Bank of England

Tiina Lee – Deutsche Bank

 

NEW EMPLOYEE NETWORK OF THE YEAR

Banijay – Pride

BHRUT LGBT+ Staff Network

Deliveroo – LGBT+ Network

Greene King – The Village Greene

Kingfisher LGBTQ+ Network

Sheffield LGBT+ Multi Agency Network

Surrey County Council LGBTQI+ Network

University of Birmingham LGBT Rainbow Network

WPP – Unite

WTW UK LGBT+ Network

 

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

Everton FC – All Together Now

HSBC – Love Knows No Borders

Lego – Everyone Is Awesome

Mastercard – True Name

Naz and Matt Foundation – Out And Proud Parents Day

The Rainbow Lottery

Terrence Higgins Trust – ‘Life Really Changed…’

TSB

 

 

 

 

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