Brisbane Pride has opened voting for this year’s 59th Annual Queens Ball Virtual Awards.
The Queens Ball is the longest-running LGBTIQ event in the world. Next month, the event will move online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brisbane Pride President Rebecca Johnson told QNews.com.au the committee determined the event must still go ahead.
“For 59 years, the Queens Ball has celebrated the diversity, inclusion, and resilience of our communities,” Johnson said.
“It is essential we continue that glorious tradition. This virtual event ensures our communities have the opportunity to celebrate probably their most cherished tradition.”
This year there are four awards for our community heroes: Activist of the Year, Community Social Group of the Year, Community Support Group of the Year and Drag Performer of the Year.
The four Activist of the Year nominees are intersex advocate Alex David, trans and disability advocate Annabelle Oxley, suicide prevention project officer Ged Farmer and LGBTIQ+ international student advocate Louise Kane.
The Queens Ball Virtual Awards will stream live on Saturday, June 27 from 7pm AEST. QNews.com.au is also planning an Isolation Costume Ball on Facebook Live on the night.
Voting for the Queens Ball nominees is open until June 6 on the Brisbane Pride website.
See all the 2020 Queens Ball Virtual Awards nominees below:
Activist of the Year
Community Social Group of the Year
Community Support Group of the Year
Drag Performer of the Year
Lady Saint Diva
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