NSW upper house Labor MP Penny Sharpe has invited the community to submit nominations for the annual GLORIAs, which will be held at NSW Parliament House on November 10.

Hosted by Sharpe, the GLORIAs shines light on the “outrageous, ridiculous and ignorant comments” made about LGBTI people and their families by members of the general public.

[showads ad=MREC]People are invited to nominate the worst homophobic and transphobic comments of the past year across six categories, which are voted on in the lead-up to the awards night.

Awards categories include religion, politics, media, sport, international, and silliest comment from within the LGBTI community.

Sharpe said her office had already received a number of nominations for GLORIAs this year.

“Unsurprisingly, quite a few nominations have already come in for the Daily Telegraph‘s front page ‘Gay Class’ and Piers Ackerman’s editorial which led to the banning of the film Gayby Baby from showing in NSW schools,” she said.

“NSW Premier Mike Baird has been nominated for his comments about the ‘parameters’ of tolerance, north Queensland federal MP George Christensen for a tweet that linked US gun laws with the legalisation of same-sex marriage and Senator Eric Abetz has been given a nod for his comments about Dolce and Gabbana.

“Nominations in the international category include Kim Davis and a Ghanaian presidential hopeful who said that he would have all gay people killed by firing squad if elected.”

Sharpe said comments such as this last one remind us of the serious side to the GLORIAs.

“Around the world LGBTI people are persecuted just for being who they are,” she said.

“The GLORIAs are a chance to call out homophobia and transphobia wherever we see it.”

Nominations can be submitted online until the Friday, October 30 deadline: theglorias.com.au/nominate_2015. Online voting for winners in each category will open Monday, November 2.

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