By Olivia Parry
There is less than a week to cast your vote in the Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s Homo Heroes Awards.
The Homo Heroes Awards, supported by Barclays, showcases the contributions made by individuals, groups and organisations for, and on behalf of lesbian, gay and bisexual communities.
So far, more than 1,000 people have cast their vote but time is running out if you have not already made your choices.
There are a total of seven categories plus a new award The Alan Turing Memorial Award, launched in partnership with Manchester City Council.
The Alan Turing Memorial Award will recognise individuals or groups who have made a significant contribution to the fight against homophobia in Manchester.
The winner of the award will be invited to the Town Hall to be received by the Lord Mayor.
Nominees include Prossy Kakooza who is up for Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual Role Model of the Year, the Co-operative Respect Network, the LGBT staff network, nominated for Business of the Year and Karen Richards and Stuart Donnelly who were nominated jointly for Community Champion of the Year for their work on the annual transgender event Sparkle.
Prossy is a lesbian from Uganda who works to support others around the issue of LGB&T asylum and immigration.
Kevin Maxwell, another nominee for Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual Role Model of the Year, said: “Whether I win or not, I'm proud of being an ambassador for the community. People are scared of standing up to bullies, but me wanting to fight any kind of injustice or discrimination comes naturally.”
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 20 September 2012 at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester.
There will be a prize draw on the night supported by Barclays with all proceeds going to The Lesbian & Gay Foundation.
For more information and to vote visit: www.lgf.org.uk/hero or use the Twitter hashtag #homohero.