Unsung heroes, community champions, organisations and long-standing allies of sexuality and gender diverse people dedicated to fighting for LGBTIQ rights and equality, were among a diverse mix of people and groups recognised at the 2019 Honour Awards.
2019 HONOUR AWARDS – RECIPIENTS
Presented by ACON
Holly Conroy: For her tireless efforts to provide visibility of the trans experience, foster greater inclusion and facilitate a space where LGBTIQ community members can be celebrated in regional NSW. Holly was a driving force behind the first Wagga Wagga Mardi Gras Festival in 2019, which became one of the biggest LGBTIQ celebrations ever held in the Riverina. A dedicated volunteer and community advocate, Holly also gives her time to support many of Wagga Wagga’s local LGBTIQ community groups.
Presented by ACON
Julie McCrossin AM and Robert French: For their outstanding and decades-long dedication to fighting and advocating for LGBTIQ equality. McCrossin, who is a broadcaster, journalist and comedian, along with community historian Robert French – both who are 78ers – played instrumental roles in raising the visibility of LGBTIQ people in NSW, advocating for their rights, and supporting the health and wellbeing of the community.
Presented by Dowson Turco Lawyers
Peter FitzSimons: For his courage, tenacity and leadership as a journalist, columnist and presenter, speaking out on key sporting issues affecting LGBTIQ people. Peter uses his substantial platform to advocate for greater inclusion and diversity within Australian sport and society, and continues to support projects and initiatives that stamp out homophobia and prejudice in sport.
Presented by SBS
PFLAG: For decades of providing support, care and information to families and friends of LGBTIQ people. Over the years, PFLAG has become a beacon of strength and hope for many LGBTIQ people and their families.
YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD
Presented by people2people
Liam Davies: For his work in advocating and supporting rural and regional LGBTIQ communities in NSW, particularly in improving the mental health and wellbeing of young community members. Liam was a founding member and organiser of the Rainbow on the Plains Festival in Hay, the vice chair of Hay Mardi Gras, as well as a runner-up for Mr Gay Pride Australia 2019.
Presented by Positive Life NSW
Lizzie Griggs: Lizzie has worked in the HIV/Sexual Health sector for 34 years. In 1985 Lizzie pioneered the world’s first nurse led HIV/AIDS Outreach service for male and transgender sex workers from the Albion Street Centre and moved this service to Kirketon Road in 1990. Lizzie worked at the MOH for 13 years as HIV/AIDS Surveillance Officer, finding over $20,000,000 in funding for HIV/AIDS services in NSW. Currently a CNS at RPA SHC, Lizzie set up a[TEST] Newtown with ACON in 2013 and provides ongoing support for the wider LGBTI community.
HEALTH & WELLBEING
Presented by GLYDE Health
Cristyn Davies: For internationally renowned work in gender and sexuality diverse child and adolescent health research in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney, and The Children’s Hospital Westmead, and her passion for addressing health inequities in young LGBTIQ people on a global scale.
CAYTE LATTA MEMORIAL AWARD FOR VISUAL ARTS
Presented by Friends of Cayte
Samuel Leighton-Dore: A multidisciplinary artist and writer based on the Gold Coast, Samuel has a keen interest in mental health and masculinity, which is reflected in his work spanning ceramics, LED neon, illustration, animation, writing and painting.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT AWARD
Presented by Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
Queerstories: For bringing together people from all sections of the LGBTIQ community through storytelling and spoken word events, and providing an important platform for performance and self-expression, both in regional and metropolitan centres.
Presented by Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association
Belloccio Restaurant: For creating a popular gay-owned and operated diner on Oxford Street. Since its establishment in 2013, Belloccio Restaurant has supported a broad range of LGBTIQ charities, and it has also showcased many local performers, providing a platform for established artists and nurturing emerging talent.