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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Panti Bliss celebrates Attitude award win with Graham Norton and Jonathan Ross

Panti and Graham Norton
Panti and Graham Norton

Panti Bliss celebrated her win at the Attitude Magazine Awards in London with TV stars Graham Norton and Jonathan Ross.

The drag queen alter-ego of Rory O'Neill was being honoured with the Editor's Special Award for her anti-homophobia campaigning following the so-called Panti-Gate controversy earlier this year.

Panti flew over to accept her award and received two standing ovations for her acceptance speech.

She repeated her acclaimed Noble Call speech that she made at the Abbey Theatre last February after RTE paid out €85,000 in a defamation case over remarks she made on the Saturday Night Show.

The speech went viral, and has been viewed oiver 800,000 times on YouTube.

CELEBRITIES

Numerous celebrities came in support of Panti including Madonna and Stephen Fry.

Graham Norton, who tweeted his support for the entertainer's Noble Call at the time, asked to have his photo taken with her at the awards.

Chat show host Jonathan Ross also posed with Panti. Dr Christian Jessen of Embarrassing Bodies is also a fan of hers.

"The Attitude Mag awards last night were stupendous. My own personal wow of the night? Meeting Panti Bliss - a true inspiration," he wrote online.

Special guests included Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst .

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