The nominees for the Visionary Honours 2020 awards have been announced, and there’s plenty of people flying the rainbow flag as queer role models are recognised.

The Visionary Honours awards celebrate the social impact of arts, culture and entertainment – championing causes from inclusion, diversity, equality, mental health and anti-social behaviour to the climate crisis.

Juno Dawson

Juno Dawson’s PROUD is a beautifully curated, empowering anthology of stories and poetry by top LGBTQ+ YA authors and emerging talent, giving their unique responses to the broad theme of pride.

Upon finding out PROUD was nominated, Juno said: “PROUD is a diverse collection of voices from the LGBTQ+ community. I think the power of a book like PROUD is in teenage readers being able to see a future for themselves. The world is waiting.”

Gareth Thomas

World-renowned rugby icon Gareth Thomas’s BBC One programme Gareth Thomas: HIV and Me is nominated for ‘Documentary of the Year’. The first high profile sportsman in the world to come out as gay while still playing, the Welsh rugby star’s honesty and courage have marked important steps in breaking down the stigma of being a gay sportsman and increasing our understanding of living with HIV.

Marika Hackman

Queer singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Marika Hackman will be giving a special guest performance at the Visionary Honours 2020. Her latest album, Any Human Friend, is a bold, unapologetic look at the complexities of queer sexual desire and is in the running for ‘Album of the Year’.

Award categories and nominees

BOOK OF THE YEAR

  • · CROSSFIRE – Malorie Blackman
  • · GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER – Bernardine Evaristo
  • · IT’S NOT ABOUT THE BURQA – Miriam Khan
  • · IT’S NOT OK TO FEEL BLUE (AND OTHER LIES) – Scarlett Curtis
  • · PROUD – Juno Dawson
  • · TRUTH TO POWER – Jess Phillips

FILM OF THE YEAR

  • · BLUE STORY, Andrew Onwubolu
  • · BOY ERASED, Joel Edgerton
  • · IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD, Marielle Heller
  • · THE LAST TREE, Shola Amoo
  • · LITTLE WOMEN, Greta Gerwig
  • · QUEEN & SLIM, Melina Matsoukas

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR

  • · DAVID HAREWOOD: PSYCHOSIS AND ME – BBC2
  • · FOR SAMA – Channel 4
  • · GARETH THOMAS: HIV AND ME – BBC1
  • · HOMECOMING – Netflix
  • · ICE ON FIRE – Netflix
  • · JESY NELSON: ODD ONE OUT – BBC Three

TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

  • · MAN LIKE MOBEEN – BBC3
  • · ROSS KEMP LIVING WITH… – ITV
  • · RUPAUL’S DRAGRACE UK – BBC3
  • · SEVEN WORLDS, ONE PLANET – BBC1
  • · WHEN THEY SEE US – Netflix
  • · YEARS AND YEARS – BBC1

SONG OF THE YEAR

  • · BLACK – Dave
  • · HERO – Michael Kiwanuka
  • · HOPE FOR THE UNDERRATED YOUTH – Yungblud
  • · JUICE – Lizzo
  • · OK – Mabel
  • · PEOPLE – The 1975

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • · ANY HUMAN FRIEND – Marika Hackman
  • · CHARLI – Chari XCX
  • · GREY AREA – Little Simz
  • · HEAVY IS THE HEAD – Stormzy
  • · HOODIES ALL SUMMER – Kano
  • · PSYCHODRAMA – Dave

PLAY/MUSICAL OF THE YEAR

  • · & JULIET – Luke Sheppard, Shaftesbury Theatre
  • · COME FROM AWAY – Christopher Ashley, Phoenix Theatre
  • · FAIRVIEW – Nadia Latif, Young Vic
  • · LIFE OF PI – Max Webster, Sheffield Crucible
  • · SIX – Jamie Armitage, Arts Theatre
  • · WIFE – Indhu Rubasingham, Kiln Theatre

INFLUENCER/JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

  • · CANDICE CARTY-WILLIAMS
  • · BELLA MACKIE
  • · CARIAD LLOYD
  • · EMMA BARNETT
  • · GEORGE THE POET
  • · JAMIE BARTLETT

COMMUNITY PERSON OF THE YEAR

  • · CAROLINE BRYANT – Futures Theatre
  • · DARREN RAYMOND – Intermission Youth Theatre
  • · SIMON DEVEREUX – Access VFX
  • · SULAIMAN KHAN – This Ability

MOST INSPIRING PERSON OF THE YEAR

  • · JESY NELSON
  • · JUNE SARPONG
  • · LEWIS HAMILTON
  • · PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE
  • · JOHN BOYEGA
  • · RUSSELL T DAVIES