Tuesday 17 October 2017

Varadkar and Zappone among LGBT award nominees

Minister Katherine Zappone and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Tony Gavin
Minister Katherine Zappone and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Tony Gavin
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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Children Katherine Zappone are among 60 people and organisations up for nomination at the eight annual LGBT+ awards.

The GALAS were set up by GCN and the National LGBT Federation (NXF) to honour LGBT+ people and organisations for their contributions to Irish society.

Four nominees were picked for each of the eighteen categories, which include Event of the Year, Political Figure of the Year and Employer of the Year. Those nominees were whittled down after around 1,400 votes from the public.

The Taoiseach and Minister are joined in their category by former Tanaiste Joan Burton and Sinn Fein Senator Fintan Warfield.

Independent.ie's Jason Kennedy is nominated for Journalist of the Year, alongside the Irish Times' Una Mullally and Peter McGuire and writer Lyra McKee.

Dublin Bus, Google Ireland, Dublin City Council and Accenture Ireland have all been nominated for Employer of the Year, while Dublin Pride, Belfast Pride, Cork Pride and GAZE Film Festival made the cut for Event of the Year.

"Ireland remains a place where there is much work to be done for the acceptance, equality and safety of LGBT+ people," said GCN Editor Brian Finnegan.

"The GALAS are here to honour the people and organisations, both within the LGBT+ community and without, working towards a fully accepting society and a better Ireland for all."

The Ceremony will take place in the Mansion House, Dublin on Saturday, October 21 and will be hosted by 2FM's Jenny Greene and Stephen Byrne.

Full list of nominees

 

Community Organisation of the Year (Paid staff):

BeLonGTo

LiNC

The Outhouse

Wexford LGBT+ FDYS

 

Community Organisation of the Year (Voluntary staff)

Dublin Bears

Dublin Lesbian Line

Dublin Transgender Peer Support Group

LOOK (Loving Our Out Kids)

 

Volunteer of the Year

Sharon Nolan

Eddie McGuinness

Tomas Heneghan

Noleen Cummins

 

Employer of the Year

Accenture

Dublin City Council

Dublin Bus

Google Ireland

 

LGBT Student Award

Out in UL

GiG Soc (NUI Galway)

DCU LGBTA Society

Siona Cahill, USI

 

Sports Award

Cameron Keighron

Cork Rebels FC

David Gough

Wet & Wild Sports Club

 

Online Award

Alexis’ Trans-ition

GMHS Sexual Health App Campaign

IndividualiTy Trans Visibility Campaign

Jamie & Chloe O’Herlihy

 

LGBT Ally of the Year

Cork City LGBT Inter-Agency Group

Gerard Raymond Roe, BeLonGTo

Michelle Cullen, Accenture

Richard Carson, ACET

 

Event of the Year

Belfast Pride

Dublin Pride

Cork Pride

GAZE 25th Film Festival

 

Journalist of the Year

Una Mullally

Jason Kennedy

Peter McGuire

Lyra McKee

 

Political Figure of the Year

Katherine Zappone TD

Joan Burton TD

Senator Fintan Warfield

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

 

Arts & Literature Award

RIOT, Thisispopbaby

The Ref & Paradise, Acting Out

Kris Nelson, Dublin Fringe Festival

Toby Buckley, Demand Change

 

TV & Film Award

The 34th, Linda Cullen

Handsome Devil, John Butler

Fair City

A Date for Mad Mary, Darren Thornton

 

Noel Walsh HIV Activism Award

Ian Fahey

Robbie Lawlor

KnowNow

ACT UP Dublin

 

Entertainer of the Year

Graham J

Xnthony

Davina Devine

Markus Feehily

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