Bi Pride UK has won the award for Charity of the Year at the LGBT Awards 2020, making us the first bi charity to ever win an award of this type.
The award came with a cash prize of £2000, and recognised the impact we have made on the lives of people who fall under the bi umbrella.
Bi Pride UK fended off competition from an impressive list of nominees including Elton John’s Aids Foundation, Colours Youth Network, Goal Diggers FC, Hidayah, London Gaymers, Mind Out, Sparkle, The Outside Project and The Proud Trust.
Bi Pride UK was founded in 2017, as a response to a lack of inclusion for bi people at mainstream Pride events, and we are run entirely by dedicated volunteers.
We held the biggest ever Pride of its kind in September 2019, with over 1300 people attending the event in London. This year there was a highly successful online-only festival due to the pandemic, and we are keeping a close eye on the situation for 2021.
Avi Kay, Chair of Bi Pride UK, says “We are so proud to have won Charity of the Year at this year’s British LGBT Awards. Over half of LGBT+ people identify as something other than gay or lesbian, and it’s important that their voices are heard. Unfortunately there is still a lot of biphobia within the wider LGBT community, and with our work, we aim to break down taboos within our own community and provide a safe space for people who find attraction beyond gender.”
The British LGBT Awards, hosted by Rylan Clarke-Neal, was streamed online, as the ongoing pandemic halted plans for a traditional awards ceremony.