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Mardi Gras honours volunteers and participants at annual awards

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The annual Mardi Gras season in Sydney may be over, but the hard work and dedication of the thousands of volunteers and participants were acknowledged yesterday at a stunning ceremony at the Star City Sky Terrace.

Fair Day, Parade and Volunteers were acknowledged across the board with so many people coming together to create what has been an incredibly successful season. However, some stood out and were given awards for their outstanding contribution to the events.

The winners were:


Best Commercial Food Stall: Berlin Bangers

Best Commercial Stall: University of Sydney

Best Community Stall: The Gender Centre

Special Commendations:

Pink Mountains

Rainbow Store

Rainbow Families

Fair Day Stall of the Year: Uniting


Best Choreography: Glamcocks

Ron Muncaster Award for Best Costume: The Force of Love

Best Float Design: Poof Doof

Best Individual or Small Group: Wonder Mama and Friends

Special Commendations:

Northern Territory Hepititis and AIDS Council/Departure Lounge

Sydney Rangers

Sydney Queer Irish

Sydney Trans Pride

The Ron Austin Award for Fabulous Parade Entry: Oceania Rainbow Network



Award for Excellence in Innovation: This award goes to the person whose innovative thinking solved problems and provided new ways of working that contributed to the overall success of an event. This year’s Award for Excellence in Innovation goes to Alan O’Riordan and Rick Stone.

Award for Excellence in Leadership. This award goes to the person whose behavior, attitude and performance demonstrated the qualities of teamwork, initiative and professionalism. This year’s Award for Excellence in Leadership goes to Kim Williams.

Award for Excellence in Service: This award goes to the person whose work throughout the season was diligent, reliable and selfless – someone that has gone above and beyond. This year’s Award for Excellence in Service goes to Adrian Hinder.

Award for Excellence in Teamwork: This award goes to the person who displayed a high level of cooperation, collaboration and team spirit in order to achieve excellent outcomes for everyone. This year’s Award for Excellence in Teamwork goes to Louis Hudson.

ICARE award: This award goes to the person whose conduct and attitude embody the organisation values of integrity, creativity, accountability, respect and equity. This year’s ICARE award goes to Laura Fazzolari.

Volunteer of the Year: This award is given to the most outstanding volunteer of the season. He’s been volunteering for 17 years, and has been the registrations manager for the last 10 years. The recipient of this award has shown leadership, teamwork and innovation, embodying every one of the organisation’s values. In the nominations he was described as an all-in-caps ‘SUPERSTAR’! 2017’s Mardi Gras Volunteer of the Year is Daniel Lester.


The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Lifetime Achievement Award recognises an individual or individuals who have provided outstanding service over many years to SGLMG and the community. They may have served on a Board, volunteered or worked for or have been engaged by Mardi Gras and provided consistent service and made a significant contribution over many years. They are always ready and willing to support the organisation and have demonstrated our values, leadership and have been a role model and fine example to others.

This year we honour one recipient who is worthy of this recognition and Award. Her stunning photography across every Mardi Gras season for 15 years has truly captured the diversity, fabulousity, pride and passion of our festival. The scale of what she achieves in documenting our communities – our highs and lows, triumphs and disasters – is immense. A simple Google search of her name + Mardi Gras provides links to 13,200 search results!

Our Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017 is awarded to Ann-Marie Calilhanna.


 Congratulations to all the nominees, winners and participants.


You can join the official MArdi Gras group on here.


GLAAD Media Awards Nominees

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GLAAD has announced it's nominees for the 21st annual media awards, with a ceremony due to be held in several cities across the United States in March, April and June.

The nominees are:


Outstanding Film - Wide Release
Everybody's Fine
I Love You, Man
DreamWorks SKG
Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
Lionsgate Films
A Single Man
The Weinstein Company
Taking Woodstock
Focus Features

Outstanding Film - Limited Release
Casi Divas
Maya Entertainment
The Country Teacher
Film Movement
Little Ashes
Regent Releasing
Phoebe in Wonderland
The Secrets
Monterey Media

Outstanding Drama Series
Brothers & Sisters
Grey's Anatomy
Mad Men
BBC America
True Blood

Outstanding Comedy Series
Beautiful People
ABC Family
Modern Family
United States of Tara

Outstanding Individual Episode in a series without a regular LGBT character
"Homeward Bound"
Private Practice (ABC)
"Lisa Says"
The Listener (NBC)
"Pawnee Zoo"
Parks and Recreation (NBC)
"The Real Ghostbusters"
Supernatural (The CW)
"Wait and See"
Private Practice (ABC)

Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series
An Englishman in New York
Prayers for Bobby
Torchwood: Children of Earth
BBC America

Outstanding Documentary
Ask Not
Be Like Others
The Sundance Channel
The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls
Diva Productions
U People

Outstanding Reality Program
The Amazing Race 15
Kathy Griffin: MY Life on the D-List
Making His Band
The Real World: Brooklyn
RuPaul's Drag Race

Outstanding Daily Drama
All My Children
As the World Turns
Guiding Light
One Life to Live

Outstanding Music Artist
Brandi Carlile
Give Up the Ghost (Sony)
Lady Gaga
The Fame Monster (Interscope)
Music for Men (Sony)
Adam Lambert
For Your Entertainment (19 Recordings / RCA Records)
Smash the Control Machine (Victory Records)

Outstanding Talk Show Episode
"Ellen DeGeneres and Her Wife, Portia de Rossi" The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated)
"Hell to Pay – Gay Teen Exorcism" The Tyra Banks Show (The CW)
"Mormon Church & Gays" The Joy Behar Show (HLN)
"The Science of Intersex" The Dr. Oz Show (syndicated)
"Sirdeaner Walker Interview" The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated)

Outstanding TV Journalism - Newsmagazine
"40th Anniversary of Stonewall" In the Life (PBS)
"Angie Zapata Murder Trial" InSession (truTV)
"Bullied to Death?" Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
"Gay Killings in Iraq" CNN Newsroom (CNN)
"Uganda Be Kidding Me" (series) The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)

Outstanding TV Journalism Segment
"Gay Teen Mutilated" Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell (HLN)
"Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach 'I Was Utterly Devastated'" CNN Newsroom (CNN)
"Reverend’s Revelation: Minister Speaks Out About Being Transgender" The Early Show (CBS)
"Total Transformation: Why Chaz Bono Decided to Change" Good Morning America (ABC)
"Why Will Won't Pledge Allegiance" American Morning (CNN)

Outstanding Newspaper Article
"Binational, Same-Sex Couples Face Immigration Problems" by Mike Swift
(San Jose Mercury News)
"Kept From a Dying Partner’s Bedside" by Tara Parker-Pope (The New York Times)
"Militias Target Some Iraqis for Being Gay" by Paul Wiseman and Nadeem Majeed
(USA Today)
"Minister Kept Secret for 27 Years" by Christine McFadden (The Portland Tribune [Portland, Ore.])
"Transgender Vets a Hidden Population" by Carol Ann Alaimo (Arizona Daily Star [Tucson, Ariz.])

Outstanding Newspaper Columnist
Leonard Pitts, Jr. (The Miami Herald)
Deb Price (The Detroit News)
Frank Rich (The New York Times)
Rev. Byron Williams (The Oakland Tribune)
Craig Wilson (USA Today)

Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage
Greeley Tribune [Greeley, Colo.]
Los Angeles Times
The New York Times
Portland Press Herald [Portland, Maine]
The Washington Post

Outstanding Magazine Article
"Coming Out in Middle School" by Benoit Denizet-Lewis (The New York Times Magazine)
"Either/Or: Sports, Sex and the Case of Caster Semenya" by Ariel Levy (The New Yorker)
"Gay on Trial" by Gabriel Arana (The American Prospect)
"Trouble in Paradise" by Jeannine Amber (Essence)
"What's Right with Utah" by Lisa Duggan (The Nation)

Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage
The Advocate
Entertainment Weekly
The Nation

Outstanding Digital Journalism Article
"Former College Football Captain Was Openly Gay" by Cyd Zeigler, Jr. (
"McMackin's Slur Reveals Larger Problem" by LZ Granderson (
"On the Road to Refuge" by Pete Muller (
"'We Love You, This Won't Change a Thing'" by John Buccigross(
"Why Can’t You Just Butch Up? Gay Men, Effeminacy, and Our War with Ourselves" by Brent Hartinger (

Outstanding Digital Journalism - Multimedia
"AIDS Lifecycle: On the Road" by Derrick Shore (
"From Stonewall to Mainstream" research by Jessica Bennett, Rebecca Shabad, & Brooke Browne (
"The Stonewall Riots: 40 Years Later" produced by Dave Singleton (

Outstanding Comic Book
Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Jane Espenson, Steven S. DeKnight, Drew Z. Greenberg, Jim Krueger, Doug Petrie, Joss Whedon (Dark Horse Comics)
Detective Comics by Greg Rucka (DC Comics)
Madame Xanadu by Matt Wagner (Vertigo/DC Comics)
Secret Six by Gail Simone (DC Comics)
X-Factor by Peter David (Marvel Comics)

Outstanding Los Angeles Theater
40 is the New 15 book and lyrics by Larry Todd Johnson, music by Cindy O'Connor
Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins by Brian Christopher Williams
Battle Hymn by Jim Leonard
Bingo with the Indians by Adam Rapp
Lydia by Octavio Solis

Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway & Off-Broadway
A Boy and His Soul by Colman Domingo
The Brother/Sister Plays by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts
Soul Samurai by Qui Nguyen
The Temperamentals by Jon Marans

Outstanding New York Theater: Off-Off Broadway
Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party by Aaron Loeb
Devil Boys From Beyond by Buddy Thomas
The Lily’s Revenge by Taylor Mac
She Like Girls by Chisa Hutchinson
Wickets created and conceived by Clove Galilee and Jenny Rogers, adapted from
Fefu and Her Friends by Maria Irene Fornes

Special Recognition
Hair book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, music by Galt MacDermot
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