Maajid Nawaz Wins PinkNews Broadcaster of the Year Award
Last night, Maajid Nawaz won the 2017 PinkNews Broadcaster of the Year Award for his LBC radio show. The award was shared with Lorraine Kelly of ITV.
Other nominees in the category included: Coronation Street (ITV), Doctor Who (BBC), Loose Women (ITV), Lorraine (ITV), Orange is the New Black (Netflix), Sense8 (Netflix), Transparent (Amazon Prime), and Victoria Derbyshire (BBC).
The annual PinkNews Awards has become one of the UK’s most significant LGBT+ events, recognising the contributions of politicians, campaigners, charities, businesses, public sector employers, broadcasters and journalists towards achieving LGBT+ equality both in the UK and overseas.
The event was opened by Theresa May, who expressed a determination to combat homophobic and transphobic bullying.
Also at the event was London Mayor Sadiq Khan who said, “London is open to all people regardless of race, gender and sexuality and open to love,” and called for a zero-tolerance attitude towards hate crime in London. He also announced that he would be the first mayor ever to lead the annual Pride parade.
Other attendees including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Education Secretary Justine Greening, and Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow.
On winning the award, Nawaz said:
“When I saw that 0% of British Muslims surveyed believed that being gay was ever morally acceptable, when I saw that 52% of British Muslims wanted homosexuality to be criminalised, when I saw that the only 10 countries in the world that punished being gay with death were all Muslim-majority, I was ashamed, infuriated, outraged, and angry all at the same time. But I knew Muslims who were gay, and so I realised that these results were also due to fear of speaking out.
It requires leadership. The sort of leadership that the British Muslim Mayor of London provided here tonight. The sort of leadership that Imam Muhammad provided here tonight by offering prayers for everyone here. And that’s the sort of leadership I, and my producer Sandra, wanted to offer through my LBC show. My show aims to be a home for you all. Thank you for this great honour in being able to speak out on your behalf.”
Nawaz dedicated his win to all the people around the world who are persecuted in the name of religion for being LGBT+.
You can catch Maajid Nawaz on his LBC radio show live every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 – 15:00.
Lorraine Kelly and Maajid Nawaz with their awards for Broadcaster of the Year.
Maajid Nawaz and Lorraine Kelly with Education Secretary Justine Greening (centre)
Photos courtesy of PinkNews