Queens Park Ranger footballer Joey Barton won the coveted Celebrity 'Straight Ally of the Year' gong at the Out In The City & g3 Magazine Awards last night (25 April 2014). The glitzy ceremony [pictured], dubbed Britain's 'gay Oscars' took place at London's Landmark Hotel, with headline sponsors RBS. Gay celebrities and their 'straight allies' were recognised for their commitment to equality after a vote by readers of the popular gay magazines. Barton, who has campaigned to eradicate homophobia from football, was a surprise winner on the night. He beat off tough competition from rugby legend and Strictly Come Dancing star Ben Cohen, breakfast TV presenter Lorraine Kelly and Ab Fab star Jennifer Saunders for the honour. Barton attend the awards with his openly gay uncle, Tom Barton.
Other winners included Olympic diver Tom Daley, who won the Sports Personality of the Year award, TV presenter Paul O'Grady and actress Heather Peace were jointly named Celebrity of the Year and Graham Norton and BBC newsreader Jane Hill secured the Broadcaster of the Year accolades, for Out In The City and g3 respectively.
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