16/05/2016 13:54 BST | Updated 16/05/2016 14:19 BST

Asda Snags Most LGBT-Friendly Employer Gong As Businesses Named In 'Gay Oscars' Awards

Major supermarket chain was praised for 'going a lot further than other organisations'.

Asda has emerged as the most LGBT-friendly employer of the year, fending off tough competition from a series of other businesses to earn the prestigious accolade at an event dubbed the 'Gay Oscars'. 

The supermarket was praised for "going a lot further than other organisations" by training its staff, including customer-facing ones, on LGBT issues at this year's LGBT Awards. 

It pipped corporate heavyweights Barclays, Goldman Sachs and Citi to the award, which was judged by a panel that included one of the first openly lesbian MPs and shadow business secretary Angela Eagle.

Asda representatives celebrated as they accepted the award on Friday

Asda said the award demonstrated the "commitment and passion" of its dedicated staff. 

Nick Green, the supermarket's senior director for talent and capability said: “It was an honour to be shortlisted at the British LGBT Awards but to win Employer of the Year is a huge achievement for Asda, and one that we are extremely proud of.

"The reason we have won this award isn’t because of our corporate policy, it is because of our people. This award demonstrates the commitment and passion our people have to diversity and inclusion, and this hard work will continue."

Lloyds Banking Group, meanwhile, was gifted with the LGBT Network Group of the Year award for its network of over 3,000 queer employees. 

It saw off rivals Tesco and PwC for the prize. 

Winners of the British LGBT awards included: 

LGBT Employer of the Year


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Asda were praised for training staff on LGBT issues

LGBT Network Group of the Year

Lloyds Banking Group

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LGBT Corporate Rising Star

Mark McBride-Wright

Mark McBride-Wright is co-founder of InterEngineering, a firm which connects, informs and empowers LGBT engineers and supporters

LGBT Broadcaster of the Year

Evan Davis

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Evan Davis fended off competition from Paul O’Grady, Gok Wan, Nick Grimshaw and Clare Balding

Global Icon Award

Sir Ian McKellen

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Sir Ian said he was humbled to be nominated by the public

TV Celebrity Straight Ally Award

Danny Dyer

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EastEnders star Danny Dyer scooped the TV Celebrity Straight Ally award

LGBT Diversity Champion

Jacqui Gavin

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Leading civil servant Jacqui Gavin is Chair of the Transgender Network within the Department for Work and Pensions

Corporate Straight Ally of the Year

Lt Gen James Everard

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Lt Gen James Everard beat Aongus Hegarty from Dell and KPMG’s Vincent Neat

LGBT Inspirational Role Model

Flight Lt Ayla Holdom

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Flight Lt Ayla Holdom works with the RAF’s Freedom Network on transgender issues

Huffington Post Loud and Proud Award

Boy George

Boy George won the Huffington Post award 'Loud and Proud'

Lifetime Achievement

Sarah Waters

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Welsh writer Sarah Waters is best known for her novels set in Victorian society and featuring lesbian protagonists, such as Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith