Pink News: Gay KissThe inaugural PinkNews Awards have taken place in which the Deputy Editor of PinkNews got engaged at the gong show last night in the Palace of Westminster.

The awards were hosted by the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, with the aim of the awards to recognise the contributions of politicians, businesses and community campaigning groups to advancing LGBT life across the UK.

PinkNews Deputy Editor Joseph Patrick McCormick proposed to his now fiance James Anthony Hanson in the Speaker’s House. The proposal was accepted, and the couple were congratulated by Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister, the Speaker and Yvette Cooper, in their speeches.

It is believed that the couple are the first gay couple to get engaged in the State Rooms of the Speaker’s House, in the Palace of Westminster.

James, Joseph, Brilliant that you should be able to propose, and have your proposal for marriage accepted in such. I think back to when I proposed to Miriam fifteen years ago, it was when we were standing alone on a windy rural railway station platform in Lincoln, on our way to Sleaford. – Nick Clegg

Also in attendance were Coronation Street actor Charlie Condou, and Ollie Locke of Made in Chelsea fame.

Community Group of the Year (Voted on by 1,322 readers)

Winners: Out4Marriage, Lobby A Lord, Coalition for Equal marriage and Equal Marriage (From the
Scottish Equality Network)


  • Schools Out
  • Diversity Role Models
  • Peter Tatchell Foundation

Advertising Campaign of the Year (Voted on by 947 readers)

Winner: Amazon Kindle


  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Amazon Kindle
  • Barclays
  • Natwest

Business Network of the Year (judged award)

Winner: InterTech


  • InterMedia
  • InterLaw
  • LGBT Insurance Network (LINK)
  • Co-operative Respect

Parliamentary Speech of the Year (Voted on by more than 4,000 readers)

Winner: Mike Freer MP


  • The Baroness Barker
  • The Rt Hon the Lord Jenkin of Roding
  • The Rt Hon David Lammy MP

Politician of the Year (judged award)

Winners: Rt Hon Yvette Cooper and Baroness Stowell of Beeston


  • The Baroness Barker
  • The Rt Hon Nick Herbert MP
  • The Rt Hon Maria Miller MP, Culture Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities
  • The Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP, Shadow Home Secretary

The judges comprised of Iain Dale, Presenter LBC, Mike Freer, MP for Finchley and Golders Green, Tom Copely, London Assembly Member (Labour London wide), Baroness Olly Grender, Anna Doble, Head of Online, Channel 4, Paris Lees, Columnist GT (Gay Times), Diva and the Independent, Simon Topham, Managing Director GT and Diva, Donna Halkyard, Head of Diversity, BAE Systems (Business network award), Tom French, the Scottish Equality Network andCorinne Pinfold, former reporter, PinkNews, policy officer, School Leader Support Service.

PinkNews was founded in 2005 with a mission to fundamentally change the way that LGBT+ media operated. PinkNews was the first UK LGBT+ publication to completely ban all adult and sexualised imagery and advertising. Every month, around 1.3 million people from around the world and 750,000 people from across the United Kingdom read and engage with PinkNews.

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