Strong partnerships help us honour our LGBTI heroes


With preparations well underway for the 2018 Honour Awards, organisers are proud to announce the community and organisational support for the event, which will ensure a dazzling celebration of NSW’s LGBTI community.

First held in 2007, the Honour Awards is an annual event that celebrates outstanding service to, and achievements within, the LGBTI community in NSW and Australia. Now in its 12th year, the not-for-profit awards is also a gala fundraising event for LGBTI community initiatives delivered by ACON, NSW’s leading HIV prevention, HIV support and LGBTI health organisation. All funds raised by the Honour Awards goes back into assisting the community through ACON’s health programs and services.

Leading LGBTI law firm Dowson Turco Lawyers has signed up as this year’s Principal Partner. The Newtown-based practice will present this year’s Media Award.

“The Honour Awards is all about empowering LGBTI people and getting behind important initiatives that support our community – these are values that lie at the heart of Dowson Turco Lawyers,” said Dowson Turco Lawyers Partner Nicholas Stewart.

“We’re excited to be the Principal Partner of this year’s awards, and to be presenting the Media Award. By recognising our LGBTI champions and defenders, we are able to raise awareness of issues still affecting our communities and continue to work towards supporting LGBTI people and their families.     

Australian recruitment agency people2people has also signed up as a presenting partner and will present the Young Achiever Award.

“As an organisation that is committed to recognising outstanding talent, people2people is proud to present the Young Achiever Award at the 2018 Honour Awards,” said people2people Managing Director Mark Smith. “In celebrating the achievements of young people, we can inspire the next generation of LGBTI role models and leaders in our community”    

Dowson Turco Lawyers and people2people join returning Honour Award partners: SBS, GYLDE Health, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Friends of Cayte, Stonewall Hotel and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association (SGLBA).

SGLBA President Mark Haines said: “Since 2011, SGLBA has proudly supported the Honour Awards. There are so many outstanding individuals, businesses, organisations and services that do amazing things in our community, making a difference in the lives of LGBTI people in NSW, and SGLBA is honoured to be able to play a part in recognising their important work.

“We look forward to celebrating the many other inspiring achievements of heroes in our communities for years to come.”

New event partners in 2018 include Australia’s first and only independently gay-owned beer and cider company, Gayle, and leading Darlinghurst cupcakery Black Velvet Sydney. Australian custom jeweller Affinity Diamonds, gay tour company TropOUT, New Caledonia Tourism, AirCalin, 5-star Noumea resort Chateau Royal are among the businesses that have generously donated major prizes for this year’s silent auction.  

This year’s awards will be presented at a gala ceremony and cocktail party at The Ivy Ballroom in Sydney on Wednesday 3 October. Four finalists from each category will join a host of government, media, entertainment and community personalities for a fabulous night of fun and festivity.

ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill says ACON is extremely grateful to all of the amazing businesses and organisations throwing their support behind the Honour Awards.

“There are many significant ways that people and organisations improve the health and wellbeing of people in the LGBTI community, and we’re delighted that so many of these business are getting involved with the Honour Awards that recognises this important work,” Mr Parkhill said.   

“The support of these partners will ensure we deliver a really special occasion and help us raise funds for ACON programs and services that support the health and wellbeing of our communities. We thank all these organisations and individuals for their generosity and support.”


Wednesday 3 October, 6pm - 11pm | Ivy Ballroom, 330 George St, Sydney | $90 (Standard), $75 (ACON, Mardi Gras, SGLBA Members), $150 (VIP/Community Champions). Book tickets here