Voting is now open for the annual Sydney Star Observer Pride Week Awards, with people nominated for their level of community support, general sexiness or overall villainy.

The awards are held during Pride Week in commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, an event seen as the genesis of gay liberation.

Community members can get involved by voting online at the Sydney Star Observer website -“ www.ssonet.com.au -“ until midday Monday 28 June.

Nominees represent the political climate, both good and bad. They represent Australia’s religions -“ with a priest, a couple of ex-nuns and a fundamentalist Christian (for both their good and bad works), activists, a bar manager, and a drag king and queen. And community events and organisations from New Mardi Gras to the DIVA Awards to Bingay are also up for nomination.

Voting will be open in all categories except Quiet Achiever and Young Achiever. A new Hall of Famer will also be honoured, and Team Sydney are awarding the Team or Sportsperson of the year.

Winners will be announced at the Sydney Star Observer Pride Week Awards Night held at Erskineville Town Hall on Saturday 3 July at 7:30pm.

The evenings entertainment line-up will include Sexy Galexy, Claire de Lune, Brown Skin, Mystique and DJ Kelly Lynch. This year’s host is DJ Kate Monroe.

Tickets are $25 and are available at the Toolsheds and at the Pride Centre, 104 Erskineville Road, Erskineville. Entry includes champagne on arrival and canap?

Pride Week runs from 24 June to 3 July. A full list of events and bios on all the nominees will be published in the Pride Week 2004 supplement in next week’s Star.

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