Dame Kelly Holmes caught the eye at the 2022 British LGBT Awards in London on Friday, less than a week after coming out as gay.
The retired Olympic athlete, 52, put on a striking display in a yellow thigh-split mullet dress featuring midriff cutouts which exposed her washboard abs.
Elevating her height with a pair of black heels, she looked stunning while flashing a beaming smile for photographers at the event.
Emerging: Dame Kelly Holmes caught the eye at the 2022 British LGBT Awards in London on Friday, less than a week after coming out as gay
The sportswoman accessorised her look with a matching canary belt, along with a silver necklace and hoop earrings.
Olympic diver Tom Daley and the first all-male Strictly Come Dancing couple John Whaite and Johannes Radebe were named among the winners at the 2022 British LGBT Awards in London on Friday.
Vogue director Edward Enninful, 50, and US singer Alicia Keys, 41, also took home gongs at the star-studded bash, with world-renowned fashion icon and champion of diversity Edward being handed the Global Media Trailblazer prize while Alesha was handed the Celebrity Ally of the Year accolade.
Beauty: The retired Olympic athlete, 52, put on a striking display in a yellow thigh-split mullet dress featuring midriff cutouts which exposed her washboard abs
Wow! Elevating her height with a pair of black heels, she looked stunning while flashing a beaming smile for photographers at the event
Journalist Edward said: ‘I am so honoured to be part of the 2022 LGBT Awards, especially as the UK celebrates 50 years of pride.
‘Growing up as a young, black gay man in West London, I could only have imagined the day when events like this would celebrate people like me, and the other incredible trailblazers recognised tonight.
‘My hope is that we all continue to push for positive change for the next generation.’
Details: The sportswoman accessorised her look with a matching canary belt, along with a silver necklace and hoop earrings
Confident: She looked nothing short of sensational at the star-studded bash
Held in association with Tesco and Macquarie Group, and hosted by comedian and much-loved TV presenter Sue Perkins, the British LGBT Awards is the UK’s biggest LGBT+ awards event which celebrates the best British and international talent from the community, as well as the allies and organisations who support them.
Alicia was awarded the Celebrity Ally of the Year award by singer Lulu, 73, beating Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe after a public vote.
Alicia has used her platform to address her hope for better freedom of expression for future generations.
Proud: Strictly Come Dancing couple John Whaite (right) and Johannes Radebe (left) were named among the winners
Joining via video link the multi-award winning music star said: ‘On a personal level, I’m honoured to accept this award tonight.
‘I’ve been blessed to know all kinds of people since I was a little girl and fortunately exposed to the beauty and richness of diversity. That’s all colours, all religions, all styles, all beliefs, all loves, all people.
‘Believe me, I know that hate is taught and judgement is taught, but we are the light and we are the love. I sometimes can’t believe how much hate there is to overcome, but where there is light and love, darkness and hate cannot exist.
Leading the way: Olympic diver Tom Daley collected the Swinton Insurance Sports Personality of the Year award, having been a force for activism and LGBT+ inclusion
‘I know the powerful LGBTQI+ community has a lot to fight for, stand up to and care about – so just like all of you here tonight, I am here with you to keep showing up, representing and reminding each other we are not alone.
‘You’ll never be alone and we have to show each other we’re all here for each other, let’s scream at the top of our lungs everyone deserves love, kindness, equanimity and most of all respect! Period, end of story.
‘Of course we’ve come a long way but there’s so much more to do and there’s so much more that has to happen, but that’s why ceremonies like this are so important.’
Diver Tom, 28, collected the Swinton Insurance Sports Personality of the Year award having been a force for activism and LGBT+ inclusion.
Winner: World-renowned fashion icon and champion of diversity, Vogue director Edward Enninful, 50, was handed the Global Media Trailblazer prize
The sportsman has spoken out against anti-LGBT+ laws and better sports inclusion, while Olympic legend Dame Kelly was a surprise presenter on the night for the Celebrity Award, won by Lady Gaga, having just broken a 34-year silence to tell the world she’s openly gay.
Pop legends Steps were handed the Music Artist of the Year award while Julian Clary, 63, was named as the winner of the TV personality category, and presenter Rylan Clark, 33, as Broadcaster of the Year.
Strictly Come Dancing duo Johannes Radebe, 35, and John Whaite, 33, were handed the Media Moment of the Year prize by show judge Shirley Ballas, having been the first male same-sex couple on the show.
Coming out on top: Alicia was awarded her prize by singer Lulu, 73, beating Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe after a public vote
The pair dedicated their couples’ choice semi-final performance during the 2021 series to the experience of growing up gay.
Meanwhile, BBC Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts, 43, won Role Model of the Year following her brave fight back against bowel cancer.
Elsewhere, Rishi Madlani from Natwest was presented with an Inspirational Leader prize while Lego Group were honoured with a Best Brand or Marketing Campaign award.
Founders of legendary charity and company Stonewall were awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award on the night by British broadcasting legend Paul O’Grady.
Hitmakers: Pop legends Steps were handed the Music Artist of the Year (L-R: Claire Richards, Ian ‘H’ Watkins, Faye Tozer and Lee Latchford-Evans)
Host Sue Perkins said of the winners: ‘Well done to all of the incredible winners and nominees, it was fantastic to be a part of this fun yet hugely important ceremony.’
British LGBT Awards founder, Sarah Garrett MBE, added: ‘We were delighted to be able to host a celebration of the people working hard to advocate for and advance LGBT+ rights. All of the winners and nominees are incredibly deserving.’
While Rachel Palmer, EMEA chief operating officer and LGBTQ+ executive sponsor at Macquarie Group, British LGBT Awards sponsors, said: ‘We’re so proud to be part of such an important event for the LGBT+ community, supporting and celebrating all the incredible role models and change makers who have been awarded and nominated this year – congratulations.’
Bright star: Television presenter Rylan Clark, 33, was named as Broadcaster of the Year on the night
A spokesman for British LGBT Awards sponsors Tesco, said: ‘Everyone at Tesco is very proud to support the British LGBT Awards. The ceremony was a true celebration of inspiring individuals, highlighting the incredible contributions of those creating an inclusive world.
‘We are grateful to everyone involved for being part of this memorable event and helping to shine a light on every aspect of the LGBT+ community and its allies.
‘A big congratulations to the deserving nominees and the winning individuals and organisations.’
Honest: Dame Kelly was a surprise presenter for the Celebrity Award, won by Lady Gaga, having just broken a 34-year silence to tell the world she’s openly gay (pictured on Monday)