Greater Manchester’s LGBTQ+ scene shines in nationwide Gaydio Pride Awards

Amazing stuff for our region.

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 12th January 2023

The shortlist for the first-ever Gaydio Pride Awards has been announced, and Greater Manchester’s charities, people and organisations have absolutely dominated.

The inaugural awards with Hilton will celebrate the efforts that ‘bring Pride to every corner of the UK’.

Those shortlisted across 10 categories (including Grassroots Pride, LGBTQ+ Champion of the Year, and Music Artist of the Year) were announced this week, including some big names from across our region.

The eventual winners will be crowned next month at Manchester’s Hilton hotel in a glittering ceremony, alongside performances from Raye, Sigala and Danny Beard, all hosted by Gaydio’s breakfast show presenters, Paris and Dave.

Manchester Pride has made the cut in the Major Pride of the Year category, while smaller neighbourhood prides including Salford and Prestwich received recognition in the Grassroots category.


Then both Manchester Village Spartans and Manchester-founded Outdoor Lads are nominated for LGBTQ+ Club or Sports team of the Year.

In the Venue or Event of the Year category, our region has particularly shone, nabbing three of the five shortlisted places with Swagga, Filthy Gorgeous at The Brewers, and The House of Bridget’s in Bury all in the final stages.


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George House Trust is down to the shortlist stage for Charity in the Gaydio Pride Awards with Hilton.

Kriss Herbert, Network Content Manager for Gaydio, said: “Gaydio is Where Pride Lives and it feels only right that we celebrate the people, organisations and charities who work so hard to support the LGBTQ+ community all year round.

“We think this shortlist really showcases the huge impact people, charities and communities are making all over the UK, and we can’t wait to announce our winners at the first ever Gaydio Pride Awards with Hilton on 10th February.”


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Gaydio listeners and members of the public were asked to nominate the people, charities, and organisations they felt were making a real difference in their area, with the nominees then shortlisted by dedicated community panels, to ensure winners are chosen as fairly as possible, and represent the very best LGBTQ+ people and charities from all over the UK.

The winners of the awards will be revealed at the Gaydio Pride Awards ceremony at Manchester’s Hilton Hotel on Friday 10 February, revealed on air shortly after.

For more information and to buy tickets, head to and keep an eye on social platforms @gaydio for more exciting announcements.

The full shortlist for the Gaydio Pride Awards in 2023

Major Pride of the Year

  • Manchester Pride
  • Pride in London
  • Birmingham Pride
  • Brighton + Hove Pride

Grassroots Pride of the Year

  • UK Black Pride
  • Trans Pride, Brighton
  • Prestwich Pride
  • Chesterfield Pride
  • Salford Pride

Volunteer of the Year

  • Michele Ralph (Crawley Pride Volunteer)
  • Joel Mordi (Nigeria’s First Ever Pride Organiser)
  • Charlie Watts (Pride in Surrey Volunteer)
  • LGBTQ+ Club or Sports team of the Year

Gay Outdoor Club

  • Leicester Diamonds Baseball Club
  • Manchester Village Spartans
  • Outdoor Lads
  • Trans Radio UK Football Club

Employee Pride Network of the Year

  • Proud at Deloitte
  • Birmingham women’s and Children’s NHS Trust LGBTQ+ Staff Network
  • Proud @ Shell UK
  • JET & Proud – Just Eat’s global LGBT+ Network
  • Co-op respect
  • Bruntwood’s LGBTQIA++ Network

Venue or Event of the Year

  • Arch, Clapham
  • Swagga, Manchester
  • Filthy Gorgeous, The Brewers, Manchester
  • The House of Bridget’s, Bury
  • The Werkroom, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Planet Bar, Edinburgh


  • Spencer Trust
  • Fighting with Pride
  • George House Trust

LGBTQ+ Champion

  • Carley Owen
  • Sab Samuel / Aida H Dee / Drag Queen Story Time
  • Janusz Domagala (Finalist of Great British Bake Off)

Featured image: Manchester Pride