THE Star Observer’s Queensland journalist David Alexander has been nominated in the Media Personality of the Year category of the upcoming Queen’s Birthday Ball Awards.

The awards recognise individuals, organisations and events for outstanding achievements within Brisbane’s LGBTI community and will be presented during the annual Queen’s Birthday Ball, a major fundraiser for Brisbane Pride Festival. The ball is also one of the longest-running LGBTI cultural events in the world

Nominations for the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Ball Awards were sought from the community and were then considered by the nominating committee, which included Brisbane Pride president Peter Black, vice president Shaz Gerchow, committee member Drew Thomas and community members Jan Thwaites and Patrick Kay.

Over 1000 nominations were received across the categories, highlighting the outstanding contributions made by many people and organisations. Categories include Volunteer of the Year, DJ of the Year, Drag Performer of the Year, Community Support Group of the Year, Young Achievement Award, and more.

A longtime member of the Star Observer team, recent highlights from Alexander include being one of the only journalists in Australia to provide in-depth coverage on the news of Ali Choudhry’s deportation issue due to an Immigration Department decision, and the controversy surrounding promotional posters during Brisbane Queer Film Festival.

Alexander was also the first in the country to report on an alleged incident of verbal abuse from a member of the Socialist Alternative to two LGBTI liaison officers from Queensland Police during an equality rally last weekend (who were attending as a sign of support), and the first to report on Brisbane Council’s plans to light Story Bridge in rainbow colours on IDAHOT for the foreseeable future as well as host the annual Queen’s Ball at the City Hall.

He has also kept a constant eye and is always on top of Queensland politics when it comes to LGBTI issues, is an active member of Brisbane’s LGBTI community and social events, and continues to write interesting human interest and in-depth stories for the Star Observer’s monthly publication.

To vote for David Alexander and his work, click here.

The Queen’s Ball will be held at Brisbane City Hall on June 8.  Full details and ticket sales available hereYou can vote for the Queen’s Birthday Ball Awards until 5pm on Friday, 6 June. 

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