Voting is open now for the Diamond Jubilee Queens Ball Awards presented by Brisbane Pride. The Queens Ball is the longest-running continuous LGBTIQ+ event in the world. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brisbane Pride hosted its first-ever virtual ceremony. However, on Saturday 19 June, the Ball returns to Brisbane City Hall for its 60th-anniversary gala.
Each year, the Ball honours individuals, organisations, and groups for their outstanding achievements in the local LGBTIQ community.
Brisbane Pride President Bec Johnson said the Queens Ball is a story “of great resilience, community recognition, and pride.
“Back in the 1960s, the Awards paid tribute to the determination of our community elders to find joy in life despite the discrimination and persecution they suffered.
“The arrival of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s, however, added to the pressure on our already marginalised communities. Undeterred, numerous of our elders stepped up and we saw the birth of organisations that still serve us today. The Awards then began to incorporate recognition of our own community heroes.
“Before that decade ended, the battle for law reform began in earnest. Following hot on the heels of the formation of Brisbane Pride, we celebrated decriminalisation in early 1991.
“In the years since, we’ve achieved many other reforms, including Marriage Equality.
“Brisbane Pride cherishes the contributions of those who provide opportunities for everyone in the LGBTIQ+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy communities to live their best lives.
“The Queens Ball Awards honour those who advocate, agitate, facilitate and lead — those who provide safe spaces and also those who bring joy into our lives.”
Diamond Jubilee Queens Ball Awards
Social Group of the Year
Support Group of the Year
Sporting Group of the Year
Activist of the Year
Ally of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
First Nations Leadership and Engagement Award
Young Achievement Award
The Arts and Entertainment
Artist of the Year
Performer of the Year
DJ of the Year
Drag Performer of the Year
Licensed Venue of the Year
Adult Venue of the Year
Annual Event of the Year
Regular Event of the Year
Bec Johnson said, “We encourage everyone to cast their votes for the people and organisations whose efforts add value to both our communities and our individual lives.”
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