Shine a light on your LGBTI community heroes

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Members of NSW’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTI) community are being encouraged to nominate people and organisations whose work or achievements deserve to be recognised at NSW’s annual LGBTI community awards. 

Now in their seventh year, the Honour Awards are an annual gala fundraising event for LGBTI community initiatives supported by leading LGBT community charity Aurora and by ACON, NSW’s leading LGBTI health and HIV/AIDS organisation.

Nominations for the Awards open today. Nominations can be submitted in six categories covering the business, health, education, community, legal, political, media and cultural sectors. For the first time, this year’s Awards include a Young Leader category to recognise contributions and achievements of LGBTI people under 30 years of age. Nominations are free and can be submitted on the Honour website ( There is also a range of gifts and prizes to be won.

Aurora Chair Adam Niewand says the Honour Awards provide a valuable opportunity to pay tribute to people and organisations that are making a difference in the lives of LGBTI people in NSW.

“The Honour Awards are all about celebrating how people from all walks of life are helping or inspiring others in our community,” Mr Niewand says. “So we’re inviting community members to nominate people or organisations they feel have provided leadership or achieved outstanding success within the LGBTI community or have provided excellent service or made a significant contribution to the LGBTI community.

ACON President Mark Orr says the Honour Awards is about recognising and celebrating all kinds of achievements and contributions. “Every day, people and organisations from right across our community are helping others in all kinds of ways, and the Honour Awards is about acknowledging all kinds of community service, whether big or small,” Mr Orr says.

“As a community, it’s important that we shine a light on our unsung heroes as well as our more high profile achievers, so we’re keen to hear about people and organisations who have made a difference in the lives of only a few people as well those whose contributions are more wide-ranging. They can be people or organisations who directly help others, whose work is improving the wellbeing of our community, or whose achievements are inspiring people in our community.”

This year’s awards will be presented at a gala ceremony and cocktail party at The Ivy in Sydney on Thursday 19 September. Three finalists from each category will join a host of government, media, entertainment and community personalities for a fabulous night of fun and festivity. Guests will also be able to bid on a range of amazing silent auction items including: a luxury holiday for two to South Africa; a luxury Byron Bay holiday; diamond jewellery; art; furniture; and 5-star dining, accommodation and entertainment packages.

WHAT:              Honour 2013 – Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Party

WHERE:           Sun Room, The Ivy, 330 George St, Sydney

WHEN:             Thursday 19 September 2013

TIME:               7pm – 11pm

COST:              $85 per person (inc. quality wines and beers, delicious canapés and fabulous entertainment)



Community Partners

Aurora Group | Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association | Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras | SX Magazine

Event Partners

South African Tourism | Merivale | GLYDE Health | Pink Media | Jai Evans PR | Points Of Difference Events | Brenden Spencer


Media contact:  Michael Badorrek, ACON Media and Communications Manager

T: (02) 9206 2001     M: 0400 358 109     E: