FORMER Star Observer journalist David Alexander has been nominated for Best Media Personality at this year’s Queen’s Ball Awards.

The Queen’s Birthday Ball Awards Gala recognises achievements within the LGBTI community across South-East Queensland.

It is Alexander’s third time nominated for the award. He described the nod as an amazing honour to be nominated alongside such outstanding media contributors in Brisbane’s LGBTI community.

“For someone who adopted Brisbane as his home for five years, and was fortunate enough to be adopted by the community in return, having my work recognised via a nomination is just a reward in itself,” he said.

“A win would be a very humbling cherry on top of the icing of a fabulous cake.”

Alexander said playing a productive role in the advocating for and progression of LGBTI rights in a state that saw its darkest chapter since the era of Bjelke-Peterson was professionally rewarding but deeply personal as well.

“Apart from a blatantly self-serving agenda of covering anything Eurovision-related, there were some stories that really forced me to challenge how I saw the world, the media and where a bunch of misfits like all of us in the LGBTI community fit in,” he said.

“Sharing the stories found in the trans, indigenous, older and younger communities, especially in relation to HIV/AIDS and mental health, was not only an invaluable experience but an absolute honour.

“One event that stands out above all was the death of Mayang Prasetyo and how the community rallied to not only condemn certain media coverage and demand respect, but also to support each other following such a horrendous event.”

Now working for ACON in Sydney, Alexander said reporting on LGBTI issues in Queensland and Brisbane is important as the area has often taken a backseat role to Sydney and Melbourne.

“But by no means does that mean that the lives being lived, the love that’s being fought for or the discrimination that’s being faced in the Sunshine state is no less worthy of a voice – a voice that must be represented by uncompromising and high quality reporting,” he said.

To vote for Alexander, visit the Queen’s Ball Awards Gala here.

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