Don’t forget to vote for the GLORIAs before they close today.

Organised by NSW Labor MLC Penny Sharpe, The Gay and Lesbian Outrageous, Ridiculous and Ignorant comments Awards (GLORIAs) give the public the opportunity to nominate and vote for the worst comments they have read, seen or heard about the GLBTI community during the last year.

“Every day there are public comments about people in the GLBTI community that are ignorant, unhelpful and sometimes dangerous,” Sharpe MLC.

“The GLORIAs shine a light on these comments and provide an opportunity to expose homophobia and transphobia in our community in a fun way.”

Prime Minister Julia Gillard is in the running to take out the same award won by federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott last year — the Golden GLORIA for the most outrageous comment about the GLBTI community.

Gillard was nominated for comments made earlier this year when she said allowing same-sex couples to marry was contrary to Australia’s culture and heritage.

“The Marriage Act and marriage being between a man and a woman has a special status,” she told Sky News.

Other nominees include the Christian Democrats state candidate for Sydney Peter Madden, the Reverend Fred Nile, Australian Christian Lobby head Jim Wallace, swimmer Stephanie Rice, footballer Jason Akermanis, columnists Miranda Devine and Andrew Bolt, and the entire Australian Immigration Department and the federal Anti-Discrimination Act.

Nominations in the ‘Silliest GLBTI from within the GLBTI community’ category include Senator Penny Wong for publicly opposing same-sex marriage while privately working to make it party policy, Gary Burns for defending Channel Seven’s outing of NSW Transport Minister David Campbell, and Catholic conservative columnist Christopher Pearson for claiming that the Greens support same-sex marriage as a population control measure.

“Their refusal to discriminate positively in favour of heterosexuality and uphold the distinctive value of normal marriage shows their political project yet again for what it is — a dead end,” he wrote.

Readers may vote for one person in each category. Voting closes at 5pm on Friday, June 3.


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