Local legends recognised at Queensland’s Trans Community Awards

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Image: House of Alexander

Community members have gathered to celebrate the annual Trans Community Awards, the night of nights for Queensland’s trans, gender diverse and non-binary community.

This week is Transgender Awareness Week, raising visibility of transgender, non-binary and gender diverse communities each November.

And each year, the Trans Community Awards recognise the work and achievements of activists, groups, events and allies across Queensland.

Local group Many Genders One Voice has organised the awards ceremony in Brisbane each year since 2016.

Community members gathered to hear the winners on Sunday night (November 14) at the Wickham Hotel in Fortitude Valley.

Aisya Zaharin won Trans Activist/Advocate of the Year, and Blake Barber received Non-Binary Activist/Advocate of the Year.

Liv Elliott won Young Activist of the Year, while Rural Activist/Advocate of the Year went to Zee Parks.

Leki Ganza also received Ally of the Year at the Trans Community Awards.

Medical/Health Professional of the Year went to Allan Bell from disability support service Brisbane Rainbow Inclusions.

Open Doors Youth Service also won Service Provider of the Year at the Trans Community Awards.

Ballroom performance collective House of Alexander (pictured above) won Group of the Year. The group celebrated their second voguing extravaganza, The Alexander Ball, earlier this month.

Brisbane’s Trans Fair Day was also named Event of the Year. Many Genders One Voice put on the event last weekend at New Farm Park.

This year, the Australian Transgender Support Association Queensland’s annual ATSAQ Community Achievement Award went to longtime ally and advocate Shelley Argent.

ATSAQ President Gina Mather presented the “so very deserving” PFLAG legend with the award earlier this year.

Trans Community Awards are part of Transgender Awareness Week

This week is Transgender Awareness Week, recognised each November to raise visibility of transgender, non-binary and gender diverse communities.

As well as the Trans Community Awards, a variety of other events are on across Queensland.

This Saturday (November 20) is the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

It began in 1999 to recognise victims of transphobia and honour the memory of those lost to anti-trans violence and suicide.

That night, Many Genders One Voice are inviting everyone to a candlelight remembrance ceremony at Wilsons Outlook Reserve, overlooking Brisbane’s Story Bridge lit up in trans colours.

Visit Many Genders One Voice’s Facebook page to find out more.

If you need someone to talk to, help is available from QLife on 1800 184 527 or online at QLife.org.au, Lifeline on 13 11 14, or beyondblue on 1300 22 4636.

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