It’s official -“ sort of. The nominations for this year’s DIVAs are out. And to say they have caused a stir would be an understatement. DIVA tried something new this year by releasing nominations. Although it sounded like a good idea at the time, it was soon found there were a few bugs that needed to be ironed out. Yes, it did shine a bright spotlight on all those who were lucky enough to be on the nomination list, but it also shone a brighter spotlight on those who were left out. I guess the old saying, You can’t please everyone, has been said numerous times since last Thursday when the nominations were published.

One thing that got my apple cart rocking was the absence of the Media Award from this year’s ceremony. Yes, I am absolutely DIVAstated. I don’t want to do it but I think I may have to open it -¦ okay, I will. The Shithouse File is open. No Media Award and what do the DIVA judges think Mitzi and I do each week? Trying to get a smile on a reader’s face each week sounds easy to do but every week for the last five years -“ now that is outstanding. Voicing what is happening in the drag community from week to week is vital. I know I have personally fought to make sure drag has a regular voice in Sydney, whether it is recognised or not.

But it is not all about me, though I would love it to be, let’s face it. I am not going to piss on your legs and tell you it is raining. There has been some fabulousness in the field of media over the last year that needs to be recognised.

Beat FM gave showgirls from all over Sydney a chance to delve into a medium that they may not have touched on -“ radio. God knows how many times we all listened to Portia in the afternoon on her show Road Kill and laughed out aloud. We also have Beverly Buttercup and me every Monday night on Queer Out West, which has been broadcasting numerous years, keeping Western Sydney in touch with what is happening in the city. Media, media, everywhere I turn.

Should I go on? Bloody oath, as my grandmother would say. How about Queer TV, which features not only the fabulous Sexy Galexy and Pandora Box but also major media contributors for Mardi Gras and Sleaze Ball.

DIVA judges, I know things that happen from week to week sometimes become a part of the furniture, but please don’t forget the lounge or armchair on which you have become so comfortable.

If you have any comments on the lack of a Media Award in 2005 you can contact the DIVA judges on judges@divaawards.com.au.

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