BBC recognised in British LGBT Awards shortlist
The shortlist for the annual British LGBT Awards has been announced with the BBC nominated multiple times.
BBC Two sitcom Boy Meets Girl and EastEnders have both been shortlisted for their portrayal of transgender issues.
Transgender actress Rebecca Root and the first ever transgender actor in a TV soap opera, Riley Carter Millington, have also been nominated.
Nick Grimshaw, Boy George and Sue Perkins are among the other nominees.
Sarah Garrett, founder of the awards, explained: "The British LGBT Awards are vital in highlighting those who have done good by the LGBT community and are also important in promoting LGBT acceptance."
"The commissioning of Boy Meets Girl was a particularly landmark moment in British television history as was the introduction of a transgender character to Eastenders.
"The BBC should be proud of its commitment to diversity and groundbreaking coverage of LGBT issues," she said.
Speaking in August last year, actress Rebecca Root, who plays Judy in Boy Meets Girl said: "I really believe that it will demystify my community, it will increase the visibility of the trans population.
"In a way it's a shame, it's 2015 for goodness sake, and we're only having this conversation now. But better late than never."
The British LGBT Awards take place at London's Grand Connaught Rooms on 13 May.
Here are the nominees...
LGBT Celebrity of the Year:
Dustin Lance Black
Music Artist of the Year:
Years and Years
Sir Ian McKellen
Celebrity Straight Ally of the Year:
Zoe Sugg (Zoella)
Celebrity Rising Star of the Year:
Sean Miley Moore
Rose and Rosie
Broadcaster of the Year:
Boy Meets Girl, BBC
Caitlyn Jenner, Vanity Fair cover
Eastenders transgender storyline, BBC
Hollyoak HIV storyline, Lime Pictures/ Channel 4
London Spy, BBC
Mhairi Black MP elected to Parliament
Ireland votes for marriage equality
Gay marriage in USA
Sports Person of the Year: