The global impact of Josh Cavallo’s football coming-out story and the Progress Pride helmet worn by Lewis Hamilton in F1 are recognized in the 2022 British LGBT Awards shortlists.
Now in its eighth year, the awards celebrate the achievements and progress made by LGBTQ+ people and allies over the past 12 months, with a focus on the UK but with representation from around the world in several categories.
Adelaide United left-back Cavallo – who made headlines around the world in October 2021 when he first spoke about being gay in professional men’s football – is among 10 nominees for Sports Personality .
Olympic gold medalist diver Tom Daley, a former winner in the same category, and Paralympic champion canoeist Emma Wiggs are also shortlisted for Sports Personality following their triumphs at Tokyo 2020.
Meanwhile, the rainbow helmet in the colors of the Progress Pride flag worn by Lewis Hamilton while driving for F1 champions Mercedes in the three grand prix that concluded the 2021 season in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi is in the running for the ‘Media Moment’ award.
Hamilton himself is nominated for Celebrity Ally after speaking out for LGBTQ+ rights in and around races in the Middle East as well as the Hungarian GP, while Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp – who has used his influence to urge Liverpool fans to refrain from homophobic chanting while again championing Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign – is also a contender in this category.
At the 2021 event, Wolves and England defender Conor Coady won a special Football Ally award, while two-time Olympic boxing gold medalist Nicola Adams was named Role Model of the Year , having won two separate Sports Personality Awards.
Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas, anti-discrimination organization Kick It Out and Sophie Cook – the first trans woman to work in the Premier League – are among the sport’s recipients to have been honored at past ceremonies.
The full list of nominees for the 2022 Sports Personality Award is as follows:
Alana Smith – one of the first non-binary athletes to compete in the Olympics, Smith represented the United States in street skateboarding at Tokyo 2020. They wrote on Instagram after the competition: “For the first time in my life I am proud of the person I have worked to become.”
Beth Mead – the England striker is having a great season with Arsenal and recently equaled the WSL’s all-time assists record. In October, she became the first woman to score a hat-trick for the Lionesses at Wembley and was nominated for the DIVA Sports Award earlier in 2021.
Caster Semenya – The two-time Olympic 800m champion was not allowed to defend her title at Tokyo 2020 due to World Athletics rules that affect athletes with DSD (differences in sexual development). Semenya was the most publicized case and she refused to take medication to artificially lower her natural testosterone levels, saying, “For me, it’s not about being in the Olympics. It’s about being healthy. and have a good time.”
colin jackson – former world record holder in the 110m and 60m hurdles, and two-time world champion, Jackson has taken on a new challenge at ITV Dancing on the ice at the age of 54 and made the top three, even claiming a perfect set of “10” scores from each of the show’s judges in both final dances.
Half Stokes – the Manchester City left-back was part of the Great Britain squad that took part in Tokyo 2020. She is expecting a baby in June with partner Katie Harrington – they shared the news via Instagram – and discussed their relationship in interviews on BBC Sports and Athleticism.
Emma Wiggs – the paracanoeist took her Paralympic career medal tally to three in Tokyo, winning gold in the VL2 category and adding a KL2 silver medal to follow the title she won in Rio. More than half of the 36 LGBTQ+ athletes who competed at the Paralympic Games have won medals, according to Outsports.com.
Josh Cavallo – when the then 21-year-old Australian posted a coming out video on his social media accounts in October 2021 with the support of his A-League club Adelaide United, his message of authenticity quickly went viral and led to an outpouring of well-wishes from fellow footballers and celebrities. Cavallo is currently the only top active gay player in men’s professional football.
Laurel Hubbard – the New Zealand weightlifter made history when she competed in the women’s +87kg event at Tokyo 2020. As the first trans athlete to compete in a different gender category to hers Attributed at birth, she led the way, telling reporters afterwards that she was grateful to the IOC for “affirming its commitment to the principles of Olympism and establishing that sport is everyone’s business” .
Megan Rapinoe – Her two goals in the qualifier against Australia helped Team USA win bronze at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Tokyo, while off the pitch the 36-year-old continued to fight for the equal pay and gender parity in sport, as well as trans youth rights and other LGBTQ+ causes.
Tom Daley – now a four-time Olympic medallist, and with the gold that had eluded him in his three previous appearances at the Games. After winning the 10m synchro title in Tokyo alongside his best friend Matty Lee, Daley spoke fondly of his pride not only in being a Team GB athlete, but also in being a gay man, a husband and a father. A vital voice representing LGBTQ+ people in sports, he just embarked on a four-day challenge to raise money for Comic Relief.
The success of “Team LGBTQ+” at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games is also marked by a nomination in the “Media Moment” category, alongside the release of Cavallo and Hamilton’s helmet livery.
Liverpool FC’s ‘Red Together’ campaign for equality, diversity and inclusion is shortlisted in the Brand and Marketing category, with the club’s ED&I manager Rishi Jain shortlisted for Business Ally.
Sarah Garrett MBE, Founder of the British LGBT Awards, said: “These awards highlight those who have stood shoulder to shoulder with the LGBT+ community, over what has been another very difficult 12 months.
“The nominees, which include an exciting mix of famous LGBT+ faces, allies and organizations, have all demonstrated their commitment to advancing LGBT+ rights. The awards will be a huge celebration of our culture.”
The British LGBT Awards 2022 ceremony will be held in London on June 24, with the public invited to vote in selected categories on britishlgbtawards.com.