Jinkx Monsoon and Freida Slaves to co-host the Gay Times Honours

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Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon will team up with London’s own Freida Slaves at the National Portrait Gallery this November.

The National Portrait Gallery, which was founded in 1856 to promote, through portraits, the appreciation of men and women who have made and are making British history and culture, and which has a long history of providing a platform for the voices of the LGBT+ community.

The event will mark the first pair that the illustrious pair have worked together in an event looks to recognise and reward the individuals and organisations that have a tremendous impact on the lives of the LGBT+ community over the past 50 years.

Jinkx will be taking time during her Vaudevillians UK tour, and Freida will be fresh from Jonny Woo’s Un-Royal Variety Show.

“As Drag Queens have always played a huge part in the advancement of the queer community, it seemed obvious to us that two of the finest should co-host the Gay Times Honours,” said James Frost, owner and CEO of Gay Times.

“Gay Times is a big part of many people’s lives growing up in Britain, even more so in isolated and rural parts of the country. Even buying our magazine – especially with its bold and proud front cover – was an act of defiance and for many it was their first publication in which they saw LGBT+ people portrayed in a positive light.

“We are thrilled to present the Gay Times Honours in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery – the national home of the faces of the men and women who have made and continue to make – British history and culture. Gay Times Honours contributes to that national story.”

Watch an exclusive message from our co-hosts below… 

Related: 39 influential LGBT+ figures explain what Pride means to them…

Ten Gay Times Honours will be presented with each category named posthumously after trailblazers, such as Justin Fashanu and Roberta Cowell, whose life stories are a significant milestone in LGBT+ history but who may not be familiar with many younger people.

Each Gay Times Honour will be given to an individual or organisation whose work has had a profound – and often unrecognised – impact on the lives of LGBT+ people in modern Britain. A soon-to-be-announced queer artist will capture the ten Honourees in portrait form ahead of November’s ceremony.

The charity partner for Gay Times Honours is the Kaleidoscope Trust, an organisation working towards a free and equal world for LGBT+ people around the world.

Discover the short lists for the Gay Times Honours here.

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