Jade Thirlwall has been named the recipient of this year’s GAY TIMES Honour for Allyship presented by Instagram.

SKITTLES® GAY TIMES Honours delivered by Gorillas celebrates the individuals and organisations who have had a profound effect on the lives of LGBTQ+ people over the past 12 months.

MNEK announced Jade Thirlwall’s win in front of an audience full of LGBTQ+ community members and allies on 19 November at Magazine London in the heart of the capital.

From marching with UK Black Pride and working with LGBTQ+ charity Stonewall, to platforming queer performers in Little Mix music videos and becoming the unofficial brand ambassador for RuPaul’s Drag Race, Jade has proven herself to be one of the greatest allies the community has today.

Kevin Kilpatrick, the LGBTQ+ lead for Instagram EMEA, praised the Little Mix star for being “a stellar example” of a community ally.

“Allyship can take many forms; from displaying pronouns on your Instagram profile, to sharing the content of your favourite queer creators,” he explained.

The GAY TIMES Honour for Allyship was presented by Instagram, which Kevin discussed in more detail: “We are thrilled to support this award and are hugely grateful for the vibrant LGBTQ+ community that exists on Instagram today. Jade has shown time and time again that she’s willing to stand up for this community and is a stellar example on how to demonstrate allyship, congratulations!”

SKITTLES® GAY TIMES Honours delivered by Gorillas was our biggest event yet with more than 1,000 people filling the venue to watch show-stopping performances by Rina Sawayama, RAYE, Baby Queen, Poppy Ajudha, Kwaye and DJ sets from Raven Mandella, Jaguar, ABSOLUTE. and OUTHAUS.

The new digital edition of GAY TIMES magazine spotlights this year’s winners and is available to read now on the GAY TIMES app, Apple News +, Readly and Flipster

Jade Thirlwall, Bimini and Munroe Bergdorf grace the cover of our special Honours edition. 

To follow all of the action from SKITTLES® GAY TIMES Honours delivered by Gorillas, check out our Instagram @GAYTIMES. For the latest winners, performances and special moments from the night click here