Meet our finalists: Straight Ally of the Year

GLOBE is proud to congratulate journalist Jill Stark, politician Clem Newton-Brown, AFL footballer Brock McLean and community broadcaster Michelle Barber on being finalists for GLOBE’s Straight Ally of the Year.

Each of our finalists has worked tirelessly to support and promote the LGBTI community and ensure that it is recognised and strong. These are the voices of those who support us, not because they have to, but because they know it is right.

Jill Stark is a reporter for The Sunday Age in Melbourne and contributes a great deal to the LGBTI community. Jill is nominated for her extensive work breaking stories and raising issues of LGBTI Health, Homophobia in Sport, Religion and Homosexuality and Transgender issues. Her body of work includes breaking the story of Australia’s first openly gay Aussie Rules player, Jason Ball and many other contributions raising the profile of the LGBTI Community.

Clem Newton-Brown MP - State Member for Prahran - Casual Headshot (white background)Representing one of Melbourne’s most vibrant LGBTI electorates, Clem Newton-Brown has been a strong ally for our community in the political arena. His nomination is for his participation as the State Member for Prahran in recognising the importance of his LGBTI constituency. Clem’s support for HIV research, removal of discrimination, funding the Safe Schools Coalition and LGBTI mental health initiatives is well recognised by the community.

Tackling homophobia in sport is a tough job and we rely on straight allies to help achieve a homophobia free sporting arena. Carlton midfielder Brock McLean is nominated for being the first AFL footballer to publicly support Jason Ball’s campaign against homophobia in sport. He has since become a high profile straight advocate against homophobia using his profile to break down stereotypes and drive change in the sporting arena.

Michelle BarberMichelle Barber is a grass-roots supporter of our community, taking on projects and being a part of the community. She hosts her own radio show, Stand Up Straight on Joy 94.9 to encourage a greater understanding between the straight and LGBTI communities. Michelle is also the producer of the play Status, about HIV stigma that ran throughout the 2014 Midsumma program.

Join us in congratulating our finalists and make sure you get involved, as well. Get tickets for the GLOBE Community Awards from EventBrite or contact awards@globemelbourne.com.au for more information.

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