11/05/2018 22:30 BST

British LGBT Awards 2018: Sandi Toksvig And Sue Perkins Lead The Winners

Julian Clary also received the HuffPost UK Loud And Proud award.

The stars of ‘Great British Bake Off’ past and present lead the winners at this year’s British LGBT Awards

The show’s former presenter Sue Perkins and current host Sandi Toksvig were honoured at the third annual event held in London on Friday (11 May) night. 

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Sandi Toksvig picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award at the British LGBT Awards

Sue was awarded the Broadcaster or Journalist Of The Year at the ceremony, held at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, while Sandi picked by the Lifetime Achievement award. 

‘Orange Is The New Black’ star Laverne Cox was crowned LGBT+ Celebrity Of The Year, while comic Julian Clary was the recipient of the HuffPost UK Loud And Proud Award. 

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Sue Perkins was named Broadcaster or Journalist Of The Year

Sir Richard Branson was gifted a Special Recognition award for his lifetime of support for the LGBT+ community, which he has demonstrated with his diverse employment policy or his public backing of same-sex marriage.

While the Virgin boss could not be there on the night, he received his award in a video message, in which he said: “In places like Africa and the Far East, the battle’s far from won. I was recently in Uganda, where gay people are put into prison for life.

“The important thing is that we all now turn our attention to countries that are prosecuting and imprisoning gay people – and even executing gay people.”

Other winners on the night included singers Jess Glynne and Calum Scott, as well as comedian John Bishop, who received the Celebrity Straight Ally award, which was last year won by Prince William.  

British LGBT Awards 2018 - Full winners list:  

Special Recognition Award
Winner: Sir Richard Branson
HuffPost Loud and Proud Award
Winner: Julian Clary
Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner: Sandi Toksvig
Metro Guilty Pleasures Award
Winner: Calum Scott
LGBT+ Celebrity
Winner: Laverne Cox
MTV Music Artist
Winner: Jess Glynne
Virgin Atlantic Celebrity Ally
Winner: John Bishop
Broadcaster or Journalist
Winner: Sue Perkins
Media Moment
Winner: Justin Trudeau apologises to the LGBT+ Community
Online Influencer
Winner: Connor Franta
Park Plaza Brand or Marketing Campaign
Joint winners: Playboy and YouTube
Charity or Community Initiative
Winner: Pride in London 
2CITIES1BREAK Top LGBT+ Destination
Winner: Tel Aviv
MI5 Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ Life
Winner: Susie Green, CEO, Mermaids
Corporate Straight Ally
Winner: Peter Madden, Arcadis
Diversity Champion
Winner: Joanna Walker, Virgin Money
LGBT+ Inspirational Leader
Winner: Pips Bunce, Credit Suisse
LGBT+ Corporate Rising Star
Winner: Jonathan Andrews, Reed Smith
LGBT+ Network Group
Winner: KPMG Breathe
Employer or Company
Winner: MI5