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The GLORIAs are back!
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The GLORIAs are back!

LAST UPDATED // Thursday, 17 April 2014 19:34 Written by // Cec Busby

It’s that time of year, when the LGBTI community bands together to decide who has made the most outrageous, inflammatory and ignorant comments about the LGBTI community in the past twelve months to determine the winners of the GLORIAs (Gay and Lesbian Outrageous Ridiculous and Ignorant comment Awards).

Now in its fifth year, the GLORIAs are the brain child of Labor Member of the Legislative Council, Penny Sharpe. Sharpe said this year’s nominations are a reminder once again of the discriminations faced by the LGBTI community on a daily basis.

"This year’s nominations are a stark reminder around the world LGBTI people continue to face bigotry and intolerance, often state-sanctioned, that affects their lives,” Sharpe told SX.

Nominations are open online in the six categories (Media, Politics/Law, International, Sport, Religion and Silliest comment from within the GLBTI community) until Friday 25 April.

A host of political leaders are up for nomination at this year’s awards – including Russian president Vladimir Putin and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Zimbabawe’s Robert Mugabe.

"Russian President Vladimir Putin has been nominated in the International category for his ban on the ‘the propaganda of homosexuality and paedophilia’ – linking gay and lesbian people to child molesters,” Sharpe said.

"Putin is up against Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni for his bizarre comments about oral sex and Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe, who described homosexuals as ‘worse than pigs, goats and birds’ and said that ‘If you take men and lock them in a house for five years and tell them to come up with two children and they fail to do that, then we will chop off their heads’.”

Journo Andrew Bolt has been nominated for a blog post where he took aim at the ABC and transgender wikileaker Chelsea Manning.

In the Aussie political arena, the usual suspects figured highly in the nominations so far.

“In the politics category, Cory Bernardi has been nominated for his book The Conservative Revolution and Fred Nile has also been twice nominated - firstly for the Christian Democratic Party’s National Charter which lists homosexuality after incest as 'sexual aberrations which debase man, as well as defile and pollute our nation' and secondly for his speech in the NSW Parliament about Reparative Therapy (gay cure therapy).”

So who do you think has made the most outrageous or ridiculous comment on the LGBTI community? You have until April 25 to add your nominations. Then voting will commence from 5pm April 25.

The GLORIAs will take place on Wednesday May 14 from 630-830pm at Parliament House, hosted by David Marr and Penny Sharpe, with drinks, canapes and a boo-off for the most outrageous comment of the year.Tickets are on sale now, go to: http://www.trybooking.com/83377

Amendment: This article orginally read: Journo Andrew Bolt has come under fire for his article on same-sex marriage – which apparently suggested gay marriage was ‘unfair to hookers and bigamists’. Bolt has also been nominated for a blog post where he took aim at the ABC and transgender wikileaker Chelsea Manning.

It has been amended on April 17 to remove the reference to bigamists and hookers after journalist Andrew Bolt informed us the argument was actually made by an academic, Annamarie Jagose, in an article he wrote and is a direct quote from her and not his opinion nor his comment. We have notified the GLORIAs team.

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Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and GayNewsNetwork.com.au.

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