British businesses are being urged to nominate individuals from within their organisations who have a track record of promoting equality and diversity ahead of next year’s British LGBT Awards.

Dubbed the ‘Gay Oscars’, the red carpet extravaganza takes place on 13th May 2016, at London’s Grand Connaught Rooms. The awards pay tribute to the individuals and organisations who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to promoting equality and diversity.

The judging panel will be led by diversity and inclusion expert Sarah Garrett and will produce a shortlist based on the nominations. “The British LGBT Awards highlight the very best in LGBT talent but importantly pay tribute to our all-important straight allies too. We are urging business leaders to nominate those who have made a difference in striving for equality and diversity in the workplace,” Garrett commented.

Award categories include Corporate Rising Star, Corporate Straight Ally, LGBT Network Group, Diversity Champion, Inspirational Role Model as well as best company/ employer.

Past British LGBT Awards winners have included names from the corporate and banking sector the world over. In the past American Express has scooped LGBT Network Group, Alison Berryman, chief operating officer at Barclaycard, has been named Inspirational Role Model and Amir Kabel, global diversity and inclusion manager at Vodafone, has won Corporate Rising Star and French multinational banking and financial services company, Societe Generale, has been crowned LGBT Diversity Champion.