Melbourne’s GLOBE Community Awards took place on Saturday night, honouring members of the community who have made outstanding contributions in the last year.
Micah Scott, CEO of youth support organisation Minus18, took out LGBTI Person of the Year and received a standing ovation.
He said Minus18 is a place where young people can celebrate their queer identities, and he sometimes gets to meet older people who went through the organisation when they were younger.
“Seeing that community and connection that Minus18 helps foster is just amazing,” he said.
“That’s what this award means—that solidarity and that community feeling.”
The Healthy Community award went to counselling service queerspace for their work supporting LGBTI mental health.
The Connecting Our Community award went to Midsumma, now in its 30th year, and the Protecting Our Community award was received by RMIT University.
Singer Mama Alto, a non-binary trans person of colour who is a community activist as well as a performer, won Artist of the Year.
Mama Alto tweeted that she was “delighted and overwhelmed” by the honour.
Journalist Mark Kearney of the Bendigo Advertiser won the Media Excellence award. Our own Matthew Wade was also a finalist for Media Excellence.
Inclusive business network GLEE@PwC took out the award for Excellence in Business.
Volunteer of the Year went to Myka Williams for work with the Victorian AIDS Council.
“This award is for every volunteer out there,” said Williams.
Rower Meredith ‘Maxi’ Williams took out Sportsperson of the Year.
The inaugural Community Inspiration award went to Dean Arcuri from JOY 94.9.
Associate Professor Michelle Telfer from the Royal Children’s Hospital Gender Service won the Straight Ally of the Year award for her work supporting trans and gender diverse young people. A prominent ally, Telfer also wrote the foreword to Jo Hirst’s book The Gender Fairy.
— Matthew Wade (@MatthewRWade) October 28, 2017
@michelle_telfer & @georgiestone16 are incredible advocates for trans & GD kids. Thank you and congratulations. I know how hard you both work to bring about positive change and this week, so do a great many more 💜 @RCHMelbourne @ausoftheyear @GLOBEMEL #TransTeensRights pic.twitter.com/gZv23dZD5y
— Rebekah Robertson 🌈 (@RebeRobbo) October 28, 2017
— DEFGLIS (@DEFGLIS) October 28, 2017