Ruby Rose or Penny Wong? Bob Brown or Josh Thomas? Sia? Who do you consider Australia’s most influential gay people? Australian lifestyle website Samesame have held their annual “Gaylies” in Melbourne this week, an awards ceremony that names the who’s who of gay and lesbian Australians.
From the Samesame website:
The awards are given to the 25 Australians judged to be the most influential over the past 12 months by members of Australia’s #1 gay and lesbian lifestyle website SameSame.com.au. Publicly nominated, and then selected by a panel of community leaders, this is the first year that the announcement event for the national awards has been held in Melbourne.
“Every single member of the list have done admirable things in their chosen profession or passion that makes them influential,” says Tim Duggan. “It’s inspiring so see and hear all of their stories, and heartening to see the influence that gay and lesbian people have in all aspects of Australian life.”
The criteria for nomination in the Same Same 25 is that the nominated person must be an Australian citizen who has publicly acknowledged that they are gay, lesbian or transgender. They could be someone in the public eye, or a behind-the-scenes worker who is highly respected in their chosen profession.
You can read the full article here.
Here are the 25 awards winners – who do you think wields the most power? Anyone forgotten?
Alex Greenwich, National Convenor of Australian Marriage Equality (on right, with Labor Senator Doug Cameron on left)