Oldest Bi Group Shortlisted for Award

The UK’s longest-running bi community group, BiPhoria, has made the shortlist in the inaugural Bolton Pride Awards.

The full list of nominees in each category is:

Charity/Organisation: Bolton LGBT+, BiPhoria, Bolton YMCA, Sparkle – The National Transgender Charity, Bolton Healthwatch and BWFC Community Trust
Adult Diversity Champion: Steve Sherry (LGBT+ Bolton), Pierette Squires (BiPhoria and Bolton LGBT Partnership), Zoe Kirk Robinson and Petra Fehn (BAND)
Youth Diversity Champion: Euan Holmes (LGBT+ Bolton) and Lauren Ingram (Bolton Student Union LGBT Group)
Outstanding Contribution to the Community: John McSwiggan (Unison), Diane Rodgers (Deeselecta), Susie Baines (George House Trust) and Joe Whittaker (campaigner for LGBT inclusion and equality)
Business of the Year: The Venue, Serenity Security, Bolton at Home and Octagon Bolton

You can vote online, simply click here. The voting closes on August 31st.

As well as the five awards which shall be voted for by the public, there are two special awards which have been chosen by the Bolton Pride team. The Sir Ian McKellen Award has been won by Christine Riley. Christine has been the landlady of the Star and Garter in Bolton for 19 years where she has provided a safe space for the LGBT community. The Bolton Pride team feel that Christine deserves the special award for Exceptional Contribution to Bolton’s LGBT Community.

The final award is the Darren Batey Award. Darren Batey was the Bolton Pride Volunteers Manager and he was a vital part of last year’s festival. In December 2015 Darren died tragically and the Bolton Pride team decided to name an award in his honour. Darren’s passion for volunteering and charity work was an inspiration to many and this award will be presented to the person that the Bolton Pride team recognise as being committed to volunteering and charity work.

The winners are announced at the Bolton Pride Gala Dinner, on the first day of Pride – coincidentally also Bi Visibility Day.