The GLOBE Community Awards 2021 were presented on Friday 11 February 2022 at a gala celebration at the stunning Plaza Ballroom in Collins Street Melbourne. The event was also livestreamed, enabling those who couldn’t make it to the event in person to tune in and watch the Awards online via JOY 94.9’s YouTube channel.
The glamorous black tie event was attended by over 250 guests from Victoria’s diverse LGBTIQ community – including Victorian Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities, Todd Fernando, who presented the award for LGBTIQ Person of the Year on behalf of the event’s principal presenting partner, the Victorian Government.
Guests enjoyed a three-course meal, drinks and a great night of entertainment MC’d by JOY 94.9 Breakfast show hosts, Anna Murphy and Dean Murphy. In between awards presentations guests were treated to a star-studded lineup of entertainment, with performances by some of Victoria’s brightest stars including the fabulous Dolly Diamond, singer-songwriter Hayley Teal, award-winning comedian Cassie Workman, and Australia’s most successful First Nations male pop artist, Isaiah Firebrace.
Speaking at the Awards ceremony, GLOBE President, Megan Williams said, “The GLOBE Community Awards celebrate all the fantastic work that is happening in our community. I am so inspired by these amazing people and organisations who work so hard to uplift our communities.”
“Today, more than ever, our collective community needs your talent, your passion and your perseverance and I want you to know that we love your work. Our communities are stronger, better and kinder because of your contributions,” she said.
This year’s inspiring winners were drawn from an impressive group of finalists, selected from nominations submitted by the community. The full list of winners of GLOBE Community Awards presented for 2021 are:
LGBTIQ Person of the Year: Jude Munro AO (Chair of the Board Victorian Planning Authority and Uniting Vic.Tas)
Community Inspiration Award: Brave Network and Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Change Efforts (SOGICE) Survivors
LGBTIQ Volunteer of the Year: Abdurahman Katamish
LGBTIQ Rural and Regional Champion: Allison Winters (LINE Wangaratta)
Outstanding Advocacy of the Year: Victorian Conversion Campaign Coalition
LGBTIQ Artist of the Year: LaNCE TV
Ally of the Year: Dr Ada Cheung (Trans Health Research, University of Melbourne)
Transgender Inclusion Award: Trans and Gender Diverse Bendigo and Beyond
Improving Health and Wellbeing for LGBTIQ Peoples: ADMIN Group (Thorne Harbour)
Preventing Social Isolation in LGBTIQ Communities: Thorne Harbour Health Events
Excellence in LGBTIQ Small Business and Enterprise: Piano Bar
Outstanding LGBTIQ Media Reporting: The Bent Spoon
For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Jennifer Elmer, GLOBE Marketing Director, email@example.com, 0430 213 424
Megan Williams, GLOBE President, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0406 926 746
More information about the Awards, including award category information and profiles on each of the finalists and winners, can be found on the GLOBE website, globevictoria.com.au/awards/about.
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About the 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.
Recently marking their 30th birthday, GLOBE Victoria is the leading LGBTIQ+ organisation that represents Victorian professional and small business owners and individuals.
Established in 1992, GLOBE provides LGBTIQ+ communities, small businesses and professionals opportunities to network, connect with members of the community and grow in a professional, safe, inclusive environment. GLOBE events aim to empower, support and enable our community to achieve their full potential.
To date, GLOBE Victoria has awarded 75 Victorian individuals and organisations, hosted more than 2,700 LGBTIQ+ individuals and allies at their award ceremonies, and generated more than $140,000 that has been reinvested into the community through the GLOBE Community Grants Program.