Read about the remarkable finalists in the Connecting our Community category of the 2015 Globe Community Awards, sponsored by RMIT.
Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF) is a not-for-profit community organisation that produce an 11-day film festival, screening over 120 local and international films, in addition to fundraising and touring events each year. Having celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2015, MQFF is Australia’s first and largest queer film festival and is considered in the world’s top five queer film festivals. MQFF showcases queer stories, while also providing opportunity for queer filmmakers. MQFF also enjoys a program of industry, community and celebratory events.
Joy 94.9 is an independent voice for the diverse lesbian and gay communities listened to by over 329,000 people, providing podcasts, blogs, online listening, music, talk, news & current affairs, arts & cultural programs. Joy 94.9 provide over 450 free Community Service Announcements on behalf of organisations that support the GLBTI community. That station is supported by over 200 volunteers, and a handful of paid core staff. Joy 94.9 is self-funded through on air sponsorship and memberships.
Melbourne Gay & Lesbian Chorus (MGLC) was the southern hemisphere’s first queer choir formed by performer and activist Lawrence McGuire in 1990 with a vision to unite a community segmented by genders, sexuality and traumatised by AIDS. MGLC embraces people of all genders, sexualities, race, culture and ages. Ten years ago a youth choir was also founded for 18-29 year olds as a place to gather to sing, grow their leadership skills and contribute to the community through outreach. They are currently developing a school program. Recent events the award winning choir have performed at include the International AIDS Conference, the Midsumma main stage, Candles by Queer Light and the world premier of the Harvery Milk Opera.