I don’t mean to sound bitter but I’m tired of the real heroes of the LGBT+ community being sidelined for minor celebrities who met on “First Dates” or some other “reality” show and supposed straight allies who have no real depth of understanding about the lived experience of those who have sacrificed so much for the benefit of others and for the greater good.
Awards and acknowledgment are due to those who have actually had an impact on social progress and not those who are in it for self-promotion.
Dare I mention Lorraine Kelly, again, who gets awards because she occasionally has someone LGBT on her sofa? That doesn’t make her an activist but it does show these awards for what they are; mostly self-serving, publicity seeking and far removed from anyone actually involved in the struggle for Equality.
And as for Robbie Williams, described by the Guardian as a “campaigner for LGBT rights”…don’t get me started!
As my friend Omar says, “Campaigners for LGBT rights don’t perform for money in homophobic countries where the community is persecuted just for being themselves
He showed his true colours by putting money before his so called ethics.”