Brisbane Pride is accepting nominations for this year’s Queens Ball Awards, to be handed out at the event’s 60th anniversary year.
The Queens Ball is the longest-running continuous LGBTIQ event in the world. This year the gala event is returning to Brisbane City Hall on June 19 for its Diamond Jubilee.
Each year, the Ball honours numerous individuals, organisations and groups with awards for their outstanding achievements in the local LGBTIQ community.
Brisbane Pride is accepting nominations now for the following 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
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
Visit the Brisbane Pride website to lodge your nominations. Nomination for the 2021 awards close at 5pm on April 29.
Brisbane’s Queens Ball celebrating Diamond Jubilee in June
The Queens Ball Awards moved online last year due to COVID-19. But last month, Brisbane Pride confirmed it will return to Brisbane City Hall on June 19, 2021.
“Were excited to celebrate such a milestone and continue the tradition of hosting the longest-running queer event in the world,” Brisbane Pride President Bec Johnson told QNews.com.au.
“The Queens Ball Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of people and organisations that work within the LGBTIQ+ community in Queensland.”
The Ball was originally held on Tamborine Mountain in the Gold Coast Hinterland as a night of fun and frivolity at a time when being gay was illegal.
“We recognise and pay our deepest respects to the founders of the Queens Ball,” Johnson explained.
“History tells us that in different points in time this event has been organised and funded by different groups.
“But its longevity speaks to the important place it holds in the lives of LGBTIQ+ Queenslanders.
Johnson said the atmosphere of the Queens Ball “is one of great resilience, community recognition and pride.”
“Planning is underway to make sure the diamond jubilee of the Queens Ball is the best to date.”
Later in the year, Brisbane Pride will also put on the city’s annual pride march and fair day events in around September.
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