Australian actress Ruby Rose will compete with the likes of Caitlyn Jenner and Boy George for the British LGBT Celebrity of the Year title.

Rose (pictured), an outspoken advocate of LGBT rights, shot to fame for her role as Stella Carlin in the hit series Orange Is The New Black.


Transgender actress Rebecca Root, star of the sitcom Boy Meets Girl, is among nominations for the Celebrity Rising Star of the Year category.

Hillary Clinton joins Lady Gaga, Stephen Fry and Bette Midler, among others, on the shortlist for the Global Icon award.

They are just some of the contenders to make the shortlist for the British LGBT Awards, dubbed the Gay Oscars.

Awards founder Sarah Garrett said the awards were vital in highlighting those who have done good by the LGBT community and are also important in promoting LGBT acceptance.

The 2016 shortlist showcases a huge range of LGBT celebrities and famous straight allies who are doing wonderful things for and on behalf of the LGBT community,” she said.

The awards night will be held at London’s Grand Connaught Rooms on 13 May.

The full list of nominations is:

LGBT Celebrity of the Year: Alan Carr, Boy George, Caitlyn Jenner, Ru Paul, Kieron Richardson, Ruby Rose, Ben Whishaw, Dustin Lance Black

Music Artist of the Year: Adele, Jess Glynne, Halsey, Little Mix, Zayn Malik, Frank Ocean, Sam Smith, Years and Years.

Global Icon: Cher, Jennifer Saunders, Hillary Clinton, Stephen Fry, Lady Gaga, Sir Ian McKellen, Bette Midler, George Takei.

Celebrity Straight Ally of the Year: Eddie Redmayne, Danny Dyer, Nigella Lawson, Holly Willoughby, Brian May, Kim Cattrall, James Sutton, Zoe Sugg (Zoella).

Celebrity Rising Star of the Year: Olly Alexander, Rebecca Root, Jake Graff, Hannah Hart, Sean Miley Moore, Philip Armstrong, David Morgan, Rose and Rosie.


Broadcaster of the Year: Clare Balding, Vicki Beeching, Nick Grimshaw, Evan Davis, Paul O’Grady, RuPaul, Sue Perkins, Gok Wan.

Media Moment: Boy Meets Girl (BBC), Caitlyn Jenner (Vanity Fair cover), Eastenders (transgender storyline, BBC) Hollyoak (HIV storyline), Lime Pictures/Channel 4 (London Spy, BBC), Mhairi Black MP (elected to parliament), Ireland votes for marriage equality, gay marriage in USA.

Sports Person of the Year: Nicola Adams, John Amaechi, Keegan Hirst, Nigel Owens, Mark McAdam, Sam Stanley, Heather Stanning, Casey Stoney.

Brand/Marketing Campaign: Absolut Vodka,, MTV, Newlon Housing Trust, Sainsbury’s, Tiffany & Co, Visit Britain/Expedia, W Hotels.

Charity/community initiative: First 4 Adoption, Freedom To Donate, Inclusive Networks, LGBT Foundation, National Trans Youth Network, Rainbow Project Northern Ireland, Stonewall, Trans*Pride Brighton.

Destination: Amsterdam, Berlin, Dublin, Los Angeles, Madrid, Phuket, Toronto, Zurich.

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