Singer Lady Gaga is among the nominees for a Hero of the Year award by the UK gay rights group Stonewall.

Stonewall's sixth annual Stonewall Awards ceremony will take place on November 3 at the V&A in London.

In announcing their nominees, the group said the ceremony celebrates “those who have made a positive impact on the lives of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Britain in the last 12 months.”

Nominated in the Entertainer of the Year category are actor Christopher Plummer, who played gay in Beginners, bisexual pop star Jessie J, gay reality star Harry Debridge (The Only Way is Essex), actress Jane Hazlegrove, who plays lesbian Kathleen “Dixie” Dixon on the BBC medical drama Casualty, and Matt Smith, who starred as gay novelist Christopher Isherwood in the BBC film Christopher and his Kind.

Nominees for this year's Sportsperson of the Year award include English cricketer Steven Davies, who came out gay in February, and Swedish football player Anton Hysen, who came out gay in March, and openly straight (but not narrow) former UK rugby star Ben Cohen. Cohen retired this year to promote his anti-homophobia campaign, the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation.

“This year's Stonewall Award nominees include out gay sports stars, regional, national and sector publications, popular TV shows and popular LGB and straight entertainers,” said Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall. “The diversity of those nominated for an award demonstrates how gay equality is embedding itself into 21st century British life. We think that's a real cause for celebration.”

Check out the complete list of nominees at