Last night the Attitude Magazine awards were handed out.
It is with great pride for us in the Liberal Democrats that Lynne Featherstone has been named their politician of the year. Until recently she was the Equalities Minister working to bring forward the consultation leading soon to legislation on equal marriage. Also working with our sports governing bodies to wipe out homophobia and transphobia in sports. With our schools to deal with homophobic and transphobic bullying.
Within hours of announcing that the Government would be launching a consultation on how to bring equal marriage into England and Wales at party conference in Autumn 2011, she was applauded at the LGBT+ Lib Dems AGM. But also fielded questions about why it was only partial party policy that she was bringing in. Last night she was being applauded for going further than Labour managed to go when they had a majority Government and fighting hard against some hard line Conservative opposition (including some in the cabinet) to bring equal marriage so far to the fore and along the road.
Other awards including TV Personality of the Year to Clare Balding for a stellar year in sports presenting.