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LGBTQ North East Awards 2019


Tickets are now available for this years LGBTQ North East Awards. 


The awards, which were created by Sunderland based LGBTQ charitable project Rainbow Foundation, recognise the positive contributions made by individuals, organisations and groups across the region to improve the lives of members of the LGBTQ community.


Six different categories are open for nominations: Ally of the Year, Inclusive Arts & Media, Charity & Community Initiative, Outstanding Contribution to LGBTQ Life, Creating Safer Learning Spaces and Inspirational Workplace.


There will also be special award presented on the evening of the award ceremony, for a Lifetime Achievement.


Ryan Houston, Founder of Rainbow Foundation, said: “The awards provide a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the positive contributions that are made throughout the year by individuals, organisations and groups.


“We are delighted to be organising the event once again, and to be presenting the awards the evening before International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, an event  marked each year on 17th May to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media, to the violence and discriminations that is still experienced by LGBTQ people internationally.”


This years awards have been sponsored by Sunderland College, University of Sunderland, Gentoo, Rainbow Foundation, Up North Media and Team Tilly Entertainment, and Tyne & Wear Fire and REscue and will take place on Thursday 16th May. 

To buy tickets for our events please visit: Skiddle.

Tickets by Skiddle

LGBTQ Events Calendar


You can download a free copy of our 2019 LGBTQ Events Calendar directly from our website. The calendar includes the key dates from important LGBTQ events taking place in the UK, including;

  • National Hate-Crime Awareness Week
  • Spirit Day
  • National Coming Out Day
  • Trans Awareness Week

LGBTQ North East Awards 2017


Images from the 2017 LGBTQ North East Awards, hosted by Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue.

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Rainbow Foundation, the organisation behind projects 

incuding Gay Wearside and the LGBTQ North East awards

have been nominated in the 2019 National Diversity 

awards, receiving a nomination in the LGBT Community

Organisation Award, having also been nominated in the

category in 2017.

National Diversity Awards 2019


Rainbow Foundation, the organisation behind projects 

incuding Gay Wearside and the LGBTQ North East awards

have been nominated in the 2019 National Diversity 

awards, receiving a nomination in the LGBT Community

Organisation Award, having also been nominated in the

category in 2017.

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