Media release:Calling all nominations for inspiring people in Victoria’s GLBTI community

Nominations have officially opened for the 2016 GLOBE Community Awards, Victoria’s only recognition of excellence in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and the intersex (GLBTI) community.

Created by GLOBE, the awards recognize inspiring work within the GLBTI community and recognize individuals and organisations for their tireless work for the advancement of GLBTI causes.

Winners of the awards will join an exceptional alumni of award winners including: Human Rights Lawyer Anna Brown; Transgender Rights Advocate, Sally Goldner: Australia’s first openly gay Aussie Rules Footballer, Jason Ball; and iconic Melbourne Cabaret Performer, Dolly Diamond.

Nominations close at midnight on Friday, 28 August 2016.

Gender and Sexuality Commissioner Ro Allen is proud that the Victorian Government is supporting the awards: “The GLOBE Community Awards represent an opportunity to lift our community up, celebrate our success and come together in a way that builds the GLBTI voice in Victoria to reach out further.” says the Commissioner.

“The awards are becoming an essential mainstay on the Victorian event calendar”

“I encourage anyone who has seen demonstrations of great courage, dedication and leadership in our LGBTI communities to nominate that person, so that they may know how appreciated they are by all of us.” adds Commissioner Allen.

David Micallef is looking forward to another year of strong nominations: “We are expecting another round of stellar nominations from across Victoria’s LGBTI community.”

“Don’t hesitate to be the person who makes that move, please nominate!” adds David.

In 2016, awards are presented in the following categories:

  • A healthy community – This category is open to any organisation or individual for work in improving the physical and/or mental health of the GLBTI community in Victoria through either research, health promotion or the delivery of health activities within the community.
  • Connecting the GLBTI community – This category is open to all organisations, including corporates, community and social groups that help bring together the GLBTI community.
  • ANZ Excellence in business – This category is open to organisations and individuals for outstanding achievement in business. The aim of this category area is to highlight the contribution that is made by business and professionals, and to recognise their commitment to LGBTI diversity.
  • Protecting our community – This category is open to any organisation and individual for work in keeping our community safe and/or in advancing the human rights of people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex community.
  • Media excellence – Awarded to a journalist, presenter or program in GLBTI media for exceptional work in media or broadcasting.
  • Artist of the year – Awarded to a Victorian GLBTI artist for exceptional work in the performing arts, visual arts, music or film.
  • Straight ally of the year – Awarded to recognise a non-GLBTI individual for work in supporting the GLBTI community.
  • Volunteer of the year – To recognise the work of a Victorian GLBTI individual who has shown outstanding commitment through volunteer work in our community.
  • John Marriott Sports person of the year – Awarded for outstanding achievement in any sport by a Victorian GLBTI individual.
  • People’s Choice Award – Run by our sponsors MCV, this award will be nominated for and voted for by readers of MCV online.
  • Victorian GLBTI Person of the Year – Awarded to a GLBTI person of any age for outstanding and exceptional work in supporting the GLBTI community.


The winners will be announced at the GLOBE Community Awards Gala Dinner on Friday, 21 October 2016 at Myer Mural Hall.

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