GLOBE Victoria announces 2021 Community Awards finalists

GLOBE Victoria is delighted to announce the finalists for this year’s GLOBE Community Awards.

First held in 2014, the GLOBE Community Awards recognise the inspiring people and organisations that work to benefit LGBTIQ+ people. The GLOBE Awards are an annual celebration of achievement in Victoria’s LGBTIQ+ communities, highlighting the work of a diverse range of organisations and individuals that benefit and unite our communities.

According to GLOBE President, Megan Williams, “The GLOBE Community Awards celebration is the highlight of GLOBE Victoria’s busy events calendar. We’re so looking forward to bringing the LGBTIQ+ community together, to recognise and celebrate the dedication and achievements of the incredible people who work so tirelessly for our wonderful LGBTIQ+ communities.

“We hosted the 2020 Community Awards online, which was wonderful, but we’re so excited for everyone to come together again under the one roof with an in-person celebration for our 2021 Community Awards.”

Originally planned to take place mid-October this year, the 2021 GLOBE Community Awards will be presented at a gala dinner celebration on Friday 11 February 2022. The 2021 Awards event will be hosted at The Plaza Ballroom, one of Melbourne’s most iconic venues, in the heart of Collins Street at the famous Regent Theatre.

This year’s inspiring finalists were selected from an impressive group of nominees submitted by the community. The full list of finalists across the 11 award categories is provided on page two, including a new category added this year: Transgender Inclusion

The six judges for the 2021 GLOBE Community Awards are:

Ange BarryChief Executive Officer at JOY 94.9

Chyloe KurdasTV & radio sports commentator; Female Engagement Senior Manager at Golf Australia

Sally Goldner AMEducator, speaker, MC, life coach, consultant and performer; 2015 LGBTI Victorian of the Year

Dr Judy TangDirector & Clinical Neuropsychologist at Jurmaine Health; 2019 GLOBE LGBTI Person of the Year

Matt HastingsBusiness Analyst at ANZ, and ANZ Geographical Pride Lead

Jeremy WigginsBisexual transgender community advocate; 2018 GLOBE LGBTI Person of the Year



Preventing Social Isolation in LGBTIQ Communities

  • Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF)
  • Rainbow Connect, Phillip Island Community and Learning Centre (PICAL)
  • Thorne Harbour Health

Improving Health and Wellbeing for LGBTIQ Peoples

  • Brimbank Community Initiative
  • Fearless Movement Collective
  • Thorne Harbour Health’s ADMIN Group

Excellence in LGBTIQ Small Business and Enterprise

  • LOEV
  • Piano Bar
  • Tax Assist

Ally of the Year

  • Dr Ada Cheung (she/her) – Trans Health Research, University of Melbourne
  • Maree Dixon (she/Her) – Bendigo Queer Arts Festival

LGBTIQ Volunteer of the Year

  • Abdurahman Katamish (he/him)
  • Patty Abalos (she/her), MQFF
  • Saturday Magazine, JOY 94.9

Outstanding Advocacy of the Year

  • Brave Network | Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Change Efforts (SOGICE) Survivors
  • Moorabool Rainbow Allies
  • Victorian Conversion Campaign Coalition

LGBTIQ Artist of the Year

  • LaNCE TV
  • Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus
  • Spilling the T Collective

Outstanding LGBTIQ Media Reporting

  • Jessi Lewis (they/them), Star Observer
  • Shibu Thomas (he/they), Star Observer
  • The Bent Spoon

Transgender Inclusion (NEW CATEGORY)

  • Ravenhall Correctional Centre
  • Trans and Gender Diverse Bendigo and Beyond
  • Your Community Health

LGBTIQ Rural and Regional Champion

  • Allison Winters (they/them)
  • Mykey O’Halloran (he/him/unicorn)
  • Zara Jones (she/they)

LGBTIQ Person of the Year

  • Baburam Poudel (he/him) – Brimbank Community Initiative
  • Jude Munro AO (she/her) – Chair of the Board at Victorian Planning Authority and Uniting Vic. Tas
  • Michael Tian (he/him) – RMIT University and NGO Story Is Connection



More information about the Awards, including award category information and profiles for each of our finalists and judges, can be found on the GLOBE website,

For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Jennifer Elmer (she/her), GLOBE Marketing Director,, 0430 213 424

Megan Williams (she/her), GLOBE President,, 0406 926 746

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