GLOBE Community Awards

2021 Finalists

Thank you to everyone who put in a nomination for the 2021 Community Awards. We really appreciate the effort that has gone into these nominations, especially this year being as tough as it has been. We also want to say a massive congratulations to our finalists in 2021! We are so inspired by these amazing people and organisations who work so hard to uplift our communities. We want you to know that we love your work and our communities are stronger, better and kinder because of your contributions, so thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Winners will be announced at the GLOBE Community Awards event on Friday 11th February 2022.

The gala event raises funds for the GLOBE Community Grants, supporting LGBTIQ community groups, students and small businesses. Through our GLOBE Community Grants program, GLOBE has a long and proud tradition of providing financial support to Victoria’s LGBTIQ individuals, students and organisations. Over our 28-year history, GLOBE has donated well over $500,000.

“The GLOBE Community Awards is an opportunity for our communities to stop, reflect and celebrate the work that benefits and unites our LGBTIQ communities. These achievements are great examples of the dedication, passion, creativity and resilience of our communities.

We hope that acknowledgement of this great work, especially in these challenging times, continues to maintain the momentum and foster inspiration for others who also want to make a difference.” – Megan Williams, President.

Improving Health and Wellbeing for LGBTIQ Peoples Award

Brimbank Community Initiative Inc is a charitable organisation working to relieve poverty, suffering and distress among people experiencing financial disadvantage and compromised health. During the pandemic they have been providing support to vulnerable people and students by growing and delivering organic fruit and vegetables, and organising accommodation for international students at risk of homelessness.

Non Gendered Fitness is a business that provides support to trans and gender diverse (TGD) people wanting to affirm their gender identity through fitness training. They work with the community and run workshops to educate gyms, trainers and allied health professionals on being more inclusive of the LGBTIQ community.

ADMIN Group (Thorne Harbour) is a free peer support group that runs fortnightly meetings for transgender, non-binary and gender diverse people looking to better manage their alcohol and other drug (AOD) use. ADMIN is the first and only group providing ongoing, entirely community-driven support to transgender, non-binary and gender diverse community members in Victoria.

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Preventing Social Isolation in LGBTIQ Communities Award

Melbourne Queer Film Festival has been engaging the community for 31 years, with the best LGBTI+ content that educates, entertains and celebrates diversity. MQFF shone a light on the struggles and common feelings our community has faced over the last year through their Queer Lives in Isolation project. A collaboration with Victoria Together, this project commissioned seven short films by Victorian filmmakers to represent the lives of LGBTIQ+ people during the pandemic.

Rainbow Connect is a group-connection forum for all LGBTIQ people in the South Gippsland region. Hosted at the Phillip Island Community and Learning Centre, when the group was unable to meet during lockdown the leadership group regularly reached out to the membership via online forums, to ensure that no-one was isolated and alone, and encouraged members to return to meet in person when restrictions permitted.

Thorne Harbour Health Events provides services and advocacy for the wellbeing of LGBTIQ communities and people living with HIV. During the COVID-19 pandemic they’ve conducted a comprehensive series of online events to connect with the community, ranging from community forums and information sessions to the creation of Australia’s first online LGBTIQ cooking program.

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Excellence in LGBTIQ Small Business and Enterprise Award

LOEV is a unique boutique bar and function venue that has created a safe space for our LGBTQIA+ community. LOEV hosts a range of events enabling our community to come together, socialise and enjoy great food and drinks in the south-east. As the only venue of its kind in this region of Melbourne, LOEV provides a place for upcoming artists to share their music to a welcoming audience and hosts a range of events, including The Great Gay Meetup

Piano Bar has delivered an unforgettable medley of atmosphere, entertainment and service since opening in Geelong in 2015. During the last year Piano Bar pivoted to continue to engage patrons by launching a livestream, which ran for 100 consecutive nights and provided continued employment for performers including pianists, singers and drag artists. They also expanded into Ballarat and Bendigo and hosted mobile residences at the Geelong, Werribee and Flemington Racecourses.

Tax Assist provides tax and associated services for small businesses and individuals working under an ABN. A recipient of a GLOBE Small Business Grant in 2021, Tax Assist is using 60% of their grant funding to finance a marketing campaign exclusively in the LGBTIQ+ market. The remaining 40% is being used to fund their consultation fees for LGBTIQ+ people who want to start a business and need assistance writing a business plan or registering as a sole trader.

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Outstanding Advocacy of the Year Award

Brave Network and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Change Efforts (SOGICE) Survivors are sibling organisations that work together, campaigning for legislation and other action on conversion practices. Their work culminated in achieving world-class legislation preventing conversion practices in Victoria: the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Act 2021. They provided critical peer-support to Victoria’s survivors of conversion practices and together coordinated the campaign leading up to the legislation, which had an impact across Australia and around the world.

Moorabool Rainbow Allies is a community organisation for LGBTIQA+ allies in Moorabool Shire that promotes acceptance of LGBTIQA+ people within the local community. Moorabool Rainbow Allies created a campaign – A Rainbow Over Moorabool – as a grassroots initiative to encourage homes and businesses to display rainbow flags or banners on IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia), to help create a welcoming and inclusive community in Moorabool.

Victorian Conversion Campaign Coalition is a coalition of survivors and LGBTIQ+ community organisations and advocates that came together to work intensively on a community campaign to secure the passage of the Change and Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Act 2021. Mobilising the community and shaping public debate to influence political actors to support the Bill, the Coalition included Brave Network, SOGICE Survivors, Queer Middle-Eastern and African Christians in Australia, Equality Australia, Victorian Pride Lobby, Thorne Harbour Health and individual survivors who bravely and successfully advocated for change.

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Outstanding LGBTIQ Media Reporting Award

Jessi Lewis (they/them) is a writer and artist based in Melbourne. A current law student, they began writing for Star Observer in 2019, for which they’ve produced more than 460 news stories and the 2021 Star Observer Festival Guide. Jessi broke the Bridget Flack story in December 2020, helping it to reach mainstream news, liaising closely with Bridget’s family and friends throughout the search efforts, and after the public memorial wrote an in-memoriam that was published by Star Observer.

Shibu Thomas (he/they) is a journalist and digital editor with Star Observer, covering Melbourne’s LGBTQIA+ community. With more than 20+ years of international journalist experience, Shibu’s comprehensive coverage of the 2020 Victorian Local Government elections chronicled a historic rainbow wave that saw a record 132 openly LGBTQI+ candidates who contested these elections. The elections resulted in a record number of 29 LGBTQI+ candidates being elected as councillors to 20 local councils in October 2020.

The Bent Spoon is a weekly online cooking series, funded by Thorne Harbour Health, that celebrates culturally diverse LGBTIQ+ communities and sheds light on the issues that they uniquely face. Each episode features the host, Miss Katalyna, a Samoan trans woman, and a guest who together cook a traditional dish from that guest’s culture. The Bent Spoon aims to showcase the richness of cultural diversity within LGBTIQ+ communities and celebrate the depth and complexity of each person’s experiences.

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LGBTIQ Artist of the Year Award

LaNCE TV is a weekly, multigenerational, intersectional, variety chat show that streams live from Ballarat to Melbourne community television station C31 Melbourne and via Facebook Live, on Friday nights from 9pm. Broadcasting online since 2017 (and on C31 since 2020), LaNCE TV seeks to amplify the voices of queer communities and bring to light other matters of interest to LGBTIQ+ people. The aim of LaNCE TV is to amplify LGBTIQA+ storytelling, representation and visibility through arts-based practice and promote LGBTIQA+ community connections.

Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus (MLGC) has been delivering arts, cultural and wellbeing services to LGBTQIA+ people in Melbourne for more than 30 years. MGLC has continued to be active during the pandemic, with regular online rehearsals and events. In place of live performances, they created seven online videos that demonstrated the power of positive representations of LGBTQIA+ people during lockdown, reaching out to wider communities and helping to maintain the visibility of queer people despite COVID restrictions, while earning thousands of views online.

Spilling the T Collective is a trans and gender diverse peer support writers’ collective, founded by Sam Elkin and Yves Rees and supported by Transgender Victoria’s SPARK program. Facilitators connect emerging writers with their community across Australia. Participants meet online via Slack and Zoom to provide peer support, feedback and mentoring as they workshop new pieces and share ideas. In 2021 Spilling the T Collective partnered with Bent Street to produce their first national anthology of trans and gender diverse writing, Soft Borders, Hard Edges.

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Ally of the Year Award

Dr Ada Cheung (she/her) – Trans Health Research, University of Melbourne
Ada is a leading endocrinologist who specialises in trans health. As part of her research position at the University of Melbourne, Ada established Trans Health Research – a voluntary organisation that relies on research grants to provide opportunities for trans people to receive paid employment in research. Committed to elevating the voices and work of trans people and creating opportunities for trans researchers to lead projects, Ada has also published many papers to improve trans health care.

Maree Dixon (she/her) – Bendigo Queer Arts Festival
Since 2018 Maree has been secretary of Bendigo Queer Arts Festival, which runs the Bendigo Queer Film Festival and Bendigo Pride Festival. Maree also volunteers her time with the Rainbow Eagles, the LGBTIQ+ support group at La Trobe Bendigo. As the LGBTIQA+ Diversity worker at headspace Bendigo Maree runs two groups for vulnerable LGBTQIA+ youth; she also started a support grou

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LGBTIQ Volunteer of the Year Award

Abdurahman Katamish (he/him) is a is a queer, Muslim-born person of colour who came to Australia in 2019 to study and to avoid personal adversity. Abdurahman has supported many of Victoria’s key LGBTIQ organisations by undertaking a variety of volunteer roles with Midsumma, Victorian Pride Centre, Hares & Hyenas, Thorne Harbour Health, Inclusion Melbourne, and Office of Public Advocate. He also volunteers with other mainstream organisations as a LGBTIQ resource.

Patty Abalos (she/her) is a long-time member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival team, where she has volunteered since 2018 as Head of Social Media. Patty selflessly volunteers countless hours of her personal time to fulfil her role at MQFF, combining her love of amplifying diverse voices and a passion for LGBTQI+ community. As a proud and active member of the community, Patty gives so much of herself to make sure that representation exists and reaches the right audiences.

Saturday Magazine 94.9 has been JOY 94.9’s flagship current affairs program for 22 years. Saturday Magazine and JOY 94.9 led much of the debate around the Victorian Government’s Bill to ban Conversion Practices designed to use non evidence-based methods to make people heterosexual or non-gender diverse. Led by lead host, David McCarthy, the Saturday Magazine program dedicated many hours of airtime over months to interview, debate and advocate for the legislation.

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Transgender Inclusion Award

Trans and Gender Diverse Bendigo and Beyond (TGD Bendigo) is a peer-led support group providing community connection, engagement and advocacy through hosting and attending events, groups and training opportunities around Victoria. TGD Bendigo recognise that visibility and authentic representation is crucial to raising awareness about the needs and challenges of the trans community, connecting tgd people to reduce isolation and loneliness, and remove the stigma and discrimination of gender diverse people.

Your Community Health is a community health organisation in the northern Melbourne area. Your Community Health, in partnership with Ballarat Community Health Austin Health and Thorne Harbour Health, has established a state-wide health service for trans, gender diverse and non-binary Victorians. This program – the Trans and Gender Diverse Community Health Service – is an Australian first and includes innovative Peer Navigation roles embedded within the clinics based in Preston and Ballarat.

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LGBTIQ Rural and Regional Champion Award

Allison Winters (they/them) is the president of LINE Wangaratta Inc. a not-for-profit charity that focuses on social inclusion and building connections in isolated populations. They have advocated for change among local councils, conducted education sessions, and run successful events and programs that provide support to LGBTQIA+ people. In just two years Allison has transformed LINE Wangaratta from an online group into a not-for-profit community enterprise with charity status.

Mykey O’Halloran (he/him/unicorn) is a proud gay hair stylist, specialising in rainbow hued styles, who has been promoting LGBTIQ tolerance for years. When he purchased a beach house on Phillip Island in 2021, he gave the drab beige exterior an uplift with rainbow stripes from top to bottom. After he was the victim of a violent home invasion motivated by homophobia, Mykey actively and loudly called out the homophobic attack. His iconic rainbow house not only captured local attention and changed mainstream community attitudes towards the LGBTIQ community on Phillip Island, but Mykey’s story caught the attention of Australian and international mainstream media.

Zara Jones (she/they) is a proud trans woman delivering on her passion to improve the lives of others by sharing her time between creating storytelling and advocacy films, working as an NDIS support worker and Vice President of Rural Rainbows. She is also the founder and director of Trans and Gender Diverse Bendigo & Beyond, a social and support group for trans people in Victoria. Zara instigated the Trans and Gender Diverse Clothing Swap in 2021 for Bendigo Pride Festival, to provide a safe place for those exploring their gender to update their wardrobe and find their new look.

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LGBTIQ Person of the Year Award

Baburam Poudel (he/him) Baburam Poudel is the convenor of Brimbank Community Initiative, a charitable organisation that is working to relieve poverty, suffering and distress among people experiencing financial disadvantage and compromised health. During the pandemic, Brimbank Community Initiative have been providing support to vulnerable people and students by growing and delivering organic fruit and vegetables, and organising accommodation for international students at risk of homelessness.

Jude Munro AO (she/her) – Chair of the Board at Victorian Planning Authority and Uniting Vic. Tas.
Jude was a founding member of the LGBTIQ+ rights movement in Melbourne in the early 1970s. Awarded the Order of Australia in 2010 for distinguished service to local government, Jude is a highly accomplished and inspirational, long-time part of, and advocate for, the LGBTIQ+ community. She was the inaugural and former Chair of the Victorian Pride Centre board and has a distinguished career in the public and private sectors, including as the current Chair of the Board at the Victorian Planning Authority and Uniting Vic. Tas, and formerly as CEO of the City of Brisbane.

Michael Tian (he/him) – RMIT University and NGO Story Is Connection
Michael is a Peer Mentoring Officer at RMIT University, providing support to international LGBTQI+ people in the University environment. He promotes external and internal equitable learning services for diverse and inclusive student cohorts while also working with RMIT’s Diverse Genders, Sexes and Sexualities (DGSS) team to embed diversity awareness such as gender diversity and cultural diversity into mentoring training sessions for more than 500 mentors. Michael is also the Project Coordinator and Performer in NGO Story Is Connection. In 2020 coordinated the Limbo Project, which brought together 21 international students – including six LGBTQI+ people – who had been trapped during the COVID-19 pandemic, to showcase their diverse stories.

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