We are looking for a GLBTI Person of the Year – nominations are still open

Nominations are still open for the GLOBE Community Awards to recognise inspiring work in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) community.

Our GLBTI Person of the Year award recognises people who have devoted extraordinary amounts of time to our communities and who have helped make Victoria a better place for our communities.

If you know someone who fits the bill, check out the guidelines and put in a submission. It’s simple – just answer the questions, tell us who you are nominating and send in the nomination to awards@globemelbourne.com.au .

If you need some inspiration, check out our finalists from last year:

danryanshootemail12aDaniel Witthaus is a tour de force for challenging homophobia throughout Australia. From his beginnings working with youth groups and training in schools to founding NICHE (the National Institute Challenging Homophobia Education) and his most recent 38 week tour of Australia, Daniel is known throughout the GLBTI community for his work young people and those in isolated communities.

Daniel has published two books: ‘Pride & Prejudice’, an educational package that allows secondary school teachers to challenge homophobia in their classroom; and ‘Beyond Priscilla’, the recounting of his 38 week tour of Australia to challenge homophobia.

As his profile grows, Daniel continues to make connections in the wider community and rural Australia to break down barriers to GLBTI support networks.

DonHayDon Hay began volunteering with the Victorian AIDS Council (VAC) in 1988 and was appointed as a staff member in 1994 because of his knowledge of HIV and GLBTI issues.

Don’s volunteer work and career has spans 26 years of commitment to supporting the GLBTI community. He has built a reputation on trust, respect and leadership and is well recognised as a leader for the community.

Most recently, Don was vocal in the defence of Fairfield House, a clinical service at the Alfred Hospital facing closure prior to the AIDS 2014 international conference. Don stood up and represented those who felt they could not speak up to defend the place where they relied on clinical services.

Don is an important representative for GLBTI individuals and has a proven devotion through his long career of supporting this community.

Anna_highresAnna Brown is the Director of Advocacy & Strategic Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre, Victorian Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby Co-Convenor, National LGBTI Health Alliance Board Member and International Lesbian and Gay Association Oceania Treasurer.

Anna’s paid and significant unpaid volunteer work is heavily focussed on supporting the GLBTI community and she has been a part of many of Victoria’s GLBTI legal and political achievements.

Anna has been a driving force behind: the Victorian Government commitment to expunge gay sex convictions; helping the High Court understand trans and gender diverse issues; the successful continuation of the No To Homophobia campaign; securing the Victorian Police apology for the Tasty Nightclub raid; and countless other contributions.

Anna continues to actively campaign through her professional and volunteer commitments.

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