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The 2013 Honour Awards finalists

The 2013 Honour Awards finalists

LAST UPDATED // Monday, 08 September 2014 11:59 Written by // Reg Domingo

From the fields of health, advocacy, activism, media and entertainment, this year’s Honour Award finalists represent a diverse range of people and organisations whose work and achievements have benefited the LGBTI community in New South Wales.

Now in its seventh year, the Honour Awards, an annual gala fundraising event for ACON and Aurora, recognises outstanding achievements with, or contributions to, the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities of New South Wales. And this year’s list of finalists features a diverse range of people and organisations whose work and achievement played a vital role in helping, supporting and nurturing the community. From over 110 nominations, 27 finalists were selected in six categories covering the business, health, education, community, legal, political, media and cultural sectors. This year, for the first time, high LGBTI achievers under the age of 30 will also be recognised.

ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill said the judges were impressed with the quality and variety of nominations.

“The judging panel noted that selecting the finalists was a difficult process because the achievements and contributions of all the nominees were remarkable in their own way.

“However, the judges agreed the finalist they selected exhibited a truly outstanding commitment to supporting the LGBTI community and deserved to be recognised for their efforts.”

This year’s awards will be presented at a gala ceremony and cocktail party at The Ivy in Sydney on Thursday, September 19.

“I congratulate all the finalists and look forward to them and other members of our community coming together to celebrate their achievements at the Honour Awards ceremony at the Ivy on September 19.”


Presented by Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association

• Anthony Barbara – for creating a successful insurance business serving the LGBTI community and for contributing his business skills to a range of LGBTI community organisations
• Holdsworth House – for 30 years of service to gay men and people with HIV through medical practices in Darlinghurst and Byron Bay
• Annette Gunnis – for creating a successful business consultancy, for being a mentor and role model for LGBTI people in finance, banking and business management and for contributing her business skills to a range of LGBTI community organisations
• House of Priscilla – for 15 years of creating and supplying costumes for LGBTI community events such as Mardi Gras, DIVA and myriad drag shows

Presented by SX and Foxtel

• Paul Capsis – for outstanding contribution to the performing arts as an actor, singer and cabaret star, and for many years of donating his time and talent for various LGBTI charity fundraisers
• David Page – for serving as a wonderful inspiration to LGBTI and Indigenous Australians alike through his considerable professional achievements as an actor, composer and writer
• Kevin Rigby – for over 20 years of creative contributions to the Mardi Gras parade and other LGBTI community events    
• Kate Monroe – veteran LGBTI community DJ and significant supporter of LGBTI community organisations and events

Presented by GLYDE Health

• Arab Council Australia – for ground-breaking efforts to reduce homophobia in Arabic-speaking communities in NSW
• Zenith Virago – for providing ageing services and end of life support to LGBTI community members in the Northern Rivers and for her anti-violence advocacy work
• Dave Pocock, Adam Ashley-Cooper and the Australian Rugby Union – for taking action to reduce homophobia in sport
• Jem Masters – for over 15 years of looking after Mardi Gras patrons as the head of the Mardi Gras Medical Team

Presented by Aurora

• Organisation Intersex International Australia – for achieving unprecedented world-first inclusion in anti-discrimination legislation and the new Federal sex and gender recognition guidelines, and for leading the world in intersex inclusion, understanding and policy
• Twenty 10 – for 30 years of providing vital support services for LGBTI young people and their families   
• Tamworth Area Gay and Lesbian Group – support and social group serving LGBTI people in Western NSW  
• Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby – for 25 years of leading the fight for LGBTI equality and social justice   

Presented by Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

• Katherine Hudson and Scott Williams – for creating the Wear It Purple initiative to raise awareness about homophobic bullying and LGBTI youth suicide
• Nicholas Tarpey – for working to increase acceptance of LGBTI people in Orange in western NSW.   
• James Brechney – for promoting LGBTI rights through the DIY Rainbow initiative
• Brandon Bear – for his work to improve mental health outcomes for young LBGTI people and his volunteer work with a range of LGBTI community organisations     

Presented by ACON

• William Yang – for his celebrated documentation of Sydney’s LBGTI community over the last 30 years and for being an outstanding cultural ambassador for the LGBTI community.  
• Mary Shalala – for over 20 years of service to the LGBTI community through her stewardship of lesbian business networking initiative Lemons With A Twist, as a mentor to lesbian businesswomen, and through her anti-violence advocacy work.
• Judy Brown – for 15 years of working for LGBTI inclusion and acceptance through various Western Sydney LGBTI community groups including Western Sydney PFLAG and the Parramatta Queer Forum.
• Anthony Hillis – for over 20 years and thousands of hours of service to the LGBTI community as a member, volunteer and/or board member of many community organisations including Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, Aurora, Mardi Gras, Queer Screen and ACON.

Honour 2013: Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Party, Sun Room, The Ivy, 330 George Street, Sydney, Thursday, September 19, 7pm – 11pm, $85 per person (inc. quality wines and beers, delicious canapés and fabulous entertainment). Book: www.honourawards.com.au


Reg Domingo

Reg Domingo

Reg Domingo is the editor of SX.

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