JULIAN Clary has been announced as the Rainbow Honours host alongside RuPaul’s Drag Race star Victoria Scone.
The much-loved comedian, 62, will front the glitzy event in London on June 1, where big names including Daniel Radcliffe, Dermot O’Leary, Idris Elba and Lorraine Kelly have been nominated.
Julian, who is currently on tour across the UK performing his comedy show, can’t wait to join Victoria Scone, who shot to fame on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, to host the glam event.
Speaking about the awards, Julian said: “Hosting the Rainbow Honours 2022 is a real privilege and I can’t wait to celebrate all of the incredible, well-deserving LGBTQI people standing up for the community.
“Those fighting for equality and advancing rights should be recognised and I’m honoured to play a part in helping that happen during a night which should be a lot of fun!”
The awards celebrate leading LGBT+ activists, allies and celebrity figures who have worked to advance the rights of LGBT+ people during the past 12 months.
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A host of top names have been nominated for awards at the LGBTQI event, which was postponed since 2019 because of Covid.
They include Formula One race ace Lewis Hamilton, Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall, 80s legend Sinitta, and soap icon Claire Sweeney.
ITV’s For The Love Of Dogs star Paul O’Grady, Olympic Swimmer Tom Daley, Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts and actor and broadcaster Stephen Fry are all in the running for the LGBTQI Celebrity Champion of the Year award.
Netflix’s hit series Bridgerton, BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, RuPaul’s Drag Race and Channel 4’s It’s a Sin will battle it out for the Media Moment of the Year gong.
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The first same-sex male partnership featuring Johannes Radebe and John Waite on Strictly Come Dancing has been shortlisted for Media Moment of the Year.
They’ll compete against heart-throb Jonathan Bailey, the gay actor who plays a straight character in the hit Netflix series Bridgerton.
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American cartoon show Simpsons has also been nominated for its Smithers LGBTQI storyline.
Emeli Sandé is set to win a major prize on the night after recently sharing news of her same-sex relationship and for her years of support for diversity and equality causes.