Liverpool will welcome high profile figures and famous faces from the LGBTQ+ community as it hosts the annual Gay Times Honours.
The 8 November event is set to be the global media brand Gay Times’ first event of this scale in the UK outside of London.
Walker Art Gallery will provide the venue for the prestigious celebration, which recognises individuals and organisations who have had a profound impact on the lives on LGBTQ+ people.
The National Museums Liverpool gallery was chosen because of its ongoing commitment to LGBTQ+ representation in its permanent and temporary collection.
Ten honourees will be awarded on the night, with each winner immortalised in a portrait which is set to be displayed at the Walker Art Gallery for 14 days after the ceremony.
Announcing the decision to bring the event to Liverpool, James Frost, owner of Gay Times which is Europe’s longest running LGBTQ+ magazine, says: “Liverpool is a wonderfully vibrant, thriving and culturally diverse city so it is a natural destination for Gay Times Honours. These awards are all about shining a light on people in the public eye, and those from everyday life, who have done remarkable things to advance the rights of the LGBTQ+ community and we’re very excited to doing this in Liverpool.
“There will be a number of high-profile celebrity names but we will also be paying tribute to local heroes. Everyone is going to be talking about Gay Times Honours when it takes place on 8 November.”
A headline performer for the event is set to be revealed during the coming weeks, along with a celebrity host and further announcements.
Meanwhile a special tribute to Liverpool teenager Michael Causer is also being lined up for the Gay Times Honours, as 2018 marks the 10th anniversary since his death following a homophobic attack.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson adds: “Our city continues to attract major events but this is particularly special because it brings together inspirational people who have and continue to use their platform to promote and enhance LGBTQ+ equality all over the world.
“The spotlight will be firmly on the city on 8 November and so we’ll be working with Gay Times to make sure the occasion is massive success. I’m incredibly proud that Gay Times has chosen us.”