Varadkar and Zappone among LGBT award nominees
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):
Wexford LGBT+ FDYS
Community Organisation of the Year (Voluntary staff)
Dublin Lesbian Line
Dublin Transgender Peer Support Group
LOOK (Loving Our Out Kids)
Volunteer of the Year
Employer of the Year
Dublin City Council
LGBT Student Award
Out in UL
GiG Soc (NUI Galway)
DCU LGBTA Society
Siona Cahill, USI
Cork Rebels FC
Wet & Wild Sports Club
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
GAZE 25th Film Festival
Journalist of the Year
Political Figure of the Year
Katherine Zappone TD
Joan Burton TD
Senator Fintan Warfield
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Arts & Literature Award
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
A Date for Mad Mary, Darren Thornton
Noel Walsh HIV Activism Award
ACT UP Dublin
Entertainer of the Year