VICTORIAN LGBTI LEADERS HONOURED AT STATE AWARDS

Eleven of Victoria’s business and community leaders were recognised for their achievements and contributions to the LGBTI community at a gala event in Melbourne on Saturday 28 October 2017

The 2017 GLOBE Community Awards- hosted by Sami Shah and Gorgi Coghlan- brought together the state’s top business leaders, volunteers, sports people, researchers and community groups to celebrate awards across a range of categories, including naming the 2017 Victorian LGBTI Person of the Year.

GLOBE President, Dan de Rochefort, said the event, which fell in the last week of the Government’s same-sex marriage poll, provided an important opportunity to celebrate achievements during a divisive and trying time for the LGBTI community.

“It was incredible to see so many people come together to celebrate our unsung heroes and the enormous impact of these individuals and businesses.”

“By taking the time to recognise the efforts of our amazing nominees and winners, we hope to not only showcase their successes, but also inspire a future wave of people serving our thriving Victorian LGBTI community,” de Rochefort said.

Named as the Victorian LGBTI Person of the Year, Micah Scott was humbled to be recognised for his work as CEO of LGBTI youth organisation Minus18.

At only 28 years old, Micah has devoted more than a third of his life to supporting LGBTI young people and making Victoria a better place for them.

Founding the Minus18 Foundation in 2011, Micah’s unparalleled understanding of LGBTI young people and ability to inspire them drove the growth of Minus18 from a 5-person events team to a youth-led charity that now engages 30 volunteers supporting more than 150,000 LGBTI Australians in events, support and resources.

“It’s an exceptional honour to have the work we do at Minus18 acknowledged, especially when considering the calibre of the other nominees. Celebrating and supporting the LGBTI community, and LGBTI youth in particular, at a time like this is incredibly important,” Scott said.

More than 450 people attended the Gala Awards, with profits going towards the 2018 GLOBE Community Grants that will be awarded in scholarships to community organisations and small businesses that support the LGBTI community.

Categories and winners of the GLOBE Community Awards are:

  • Victorian LGBTI Person of the Year – Micah Scott, Minus18
  • Community Inspiration – Dean Arcuri
  • Volunteer of the Year – Myka Williams, VAC
  • A Healthy Community – queerspace
  • Connecting Our Community – Midsumma Festival
  • ANZ Excellence in Business Award – GLEE@PwC Victoria
  • Think HQ Media Excellence Award – Mark Kearney, Bendigo Advertiser
  • Artist of the Year, sponsored by RMIT – Mama Alto
  • John Marriott Sportsperson of the Year – Meredith ‘Maxi’ Williams, Melbourne Argonauts and Athlete for Life (Be in it!)
  • Straight Ally of the Year – Associate Professor Michelle Telfer
  • Protecting Our Community, sponsored by Lander & Rogers Lawyers – RMIT University
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