Honour Awards: Nominate your LGBTI hero for 2014
With a new category and venue, this year’s Honour Awards are set to be the biggest ceremony yet. Reg Domingo reports.
Nominations are now open for the 2014 Honour Awards. Now in its eighth year, the annual LGBTI community awards recognise people and organisation whose work and achievements have made a difference in the lives of LGBTI people in NSW.
Nominations are open in seven categories covering the business, health, education, community, legal, political, media and cultural sectors.
GALLERY: See the 2013 Honour Award recipients
For the first time, this year’s ceremony will include an award recognising artists, designers and filmmakers. It has been set up in honour of well-known Sydney identity Cayte Latta, and includes prize money of $1000, courtesy of an endowment from Latta’s estate.
A prolific artist and passionate social activist, Cayte was a much-loved figure in Sydney’s LGBTI community for over two decades until her passing in 2010. She was a trailblazer, having been among the pioneers in the first Mardi Gras protest in 1978 and later, becoming the first female board member of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. She produced Australia’s first locally-made gay and lesbian TV show, Coming Out, and worked for several LGBTI community organisations. As a photographer, Cayte also documented Sydney’s gay and lesbian cultural landscape for over 20 years.
BELOW: The visual arts award has been set up in honour of Cayte Latta
Sydney interior designer Peter Reeve is part of the ‘Friends of Cayte’ group. He said the award was established on behalf of Cayte’s friends and as a tribute to Cayte.
“Cayte was my best friend and she was amazing,” Reeve tells SX. “The GLBTI world was Cayte - from behind the camera and onto the page, from installations, sculpture and goddess fetishism, to planning GLBTI global domination on cable TV, creating the world of girl drag, and helping everyone feel special - she was far more important in the big picture than many people realise.
“As a photographer and journalist at the Star Observer, LOTL and many others, Cayte’s work spanned the whole spectrum of GLBTI culture. She was a very significant lesbian figure from the really early days in 1978, who connected with everyone – lots of gay boys, transgender people; in fact, her doco F2M is a landmark film work.
“Cayte’s work with ACON was at the cold front, video making, floats and all. Her work truly deserves to be appropriately preserved and recognised, and we want to keep the memory of her passion and her energy alive.”
The award recognises visual arts – photography, painting, drawing, video, filmmaking, printmaking or graphic design – that expresses, interprets or explores issues or themes affecting the LGBTI community. Artists can submit entries of previous work or work specifically created for the Award.
GALLERY: View more photos from 2013 Honour Awards. See the full gallery here
Nominations are free and can be made on the Honour website.
People who nominate will get a free ticket to the Honour Awards ceremony if the person they nominate becomes a finalist (note: only the first person to nominate the finalist gets the free ticket).
Finalists will be announced in early September and the Honour Awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, September 17.
This year, for the first time, the ceremony and cocktail party will be held in the grand and luxurious Ivy Ballroom.
Ticket price ($85) includes canapés, wines, beers and entertainment.
Four finalists from each category will join a host of government, media, entertainment and community personalities for a fabulous night of celebration.
Guests will also be able to bid on $100,000 worth of amazing silent auction items including luxury holidays; jewellery; art; furniture; home wares; and 5-star dining, accommodation and entertainment packages.
BELOW: For the first time, the Honour Awards will be held in the Ivy Ballroom
The Honour Awards are an annual gala fundraising event for ACON and LGBTI community charity, Aurora.
Aurora Chair Adam Niewand says the Honour Awards provide a valuable opportunity to pay tribute to people and organisations that are making a difference in the lives of LGBTI people in NSW.
“The Honour Awards are all about celebrating how people from all walks of life are helping or inspiring others in our community,” Niewand says.
“So we’re inviting community members to nominate people or organisations they feel have provided leadership or achieved outstanding success within the LGBTI community or have provided excellent service or made a significant contribution to the LGBTI community.”
ACON President Mark Orr says the Honour Awards is about recognising and celebrating all kinds of achievements and contributions.
“Every day, people and organisations from right across our community are helping others in all kinds of ways, and the Honour Awards is about acknowledging all kinds of community service, whether big or small,” Orr says.
“As a community, it’s important that we celebrate our unsung heroes as well as our more high profile achievers, so we’re keen to hear about people and organisations who have made a difference in the lives of only a few people as well those whose contributions are more wide-ranging. They can be people or organisations who directly help others, whose work is improving the wellbeing of our community, or whose achievements are inspiring people in our community.”
Honour 2014: Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Party, The Ivy Ballroom, 330 George St, Sydney, Wednesday, September 17, 6:30pm – 11pm. Tickets $85 per person (inc. quality wines and beers, delicious canapés and fabulous entertainment). Go to www.honourawards.com.au
SX is the media partner of the 2014 Honour Awards.
HONOUR AWARDS 2014
Presented by SGLBA
Presented by Foxtel and SX Magazine
Cayte Latta Memorial Award for Visual Arts
Presented by Cult Magazine
Health and Wellbeing Award
Presented by Glyde Health
Community Organisation Award
Presented by Aurora
Young Achiever Award
Presented by Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras
Presented by ACON
Nominations close August 27. Nominate online: www.honourawards.com.au