THE Star Observer’s Queensland journalist David Alexander has once again been nominated in the Media Personality of the Year category of the upcoming Queen’s Birthday Ball Awards.

The awards recognise individuals, organisations and events for outstanding achievements within Brisbane’s LGBTI community and will be presented during the annual Queen’s Birthday Ball, a major fundraiser for Brisbane Pride Festival. The ball is also one of the longest-running LGBTI cultural events in the world.

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As with last year, countless nominations were received across various categories, highlighting the outstanding contributions made by many people and organisations across Queensland. Categories include Volunteer of the Year, DJ of the Year, Drag Performer of the Year, Community Support Group of the Year, Young Achievement Award, and more.

A longtime member of the Star Observer team, recent highlights from Alexander include a rare interview with Australia’s highest-ranking trans* military official, Cate McGregor; keeping track of the LGBTI issues during the Queensland state election campaign; being one of the first journalists to report on the decision from Brisbane City Council to fly the rainbow flag from City Hall on IDAHOT; and being at the forefront of media reports on the controversy surrounding disgraced opera singer Tamar Iveri.

A devout Eurovision fan, Alexander also recently traveled to Vienna, Austria to report on the 2015 contest, as well as interview past and current contestants — especially Ireland’s Ryan Dolan and Molly Sterling during the momentum of their country’s recent marriage equality referendum.

Alexander was also one of the only journalists present at the ACL’s annual conference in Canberra, witnessing the moment Opposition Leader Bill Shorten challenged the congregation with his public support for marriage equality.

He has also always been on top of Queensland politics when it comes to LGBTI issues, is an active member of Brisbane’s LGBTI community and social events, and continues to write interesting human interest and in-depth stories for the Star Observer’s monthly publication.

To vote for David Alexander and his work, click here.

The Queen’s Ball will be held at Brisbane City Hall on Sunday, June 7. Full details and ticket sales available here. You can vote for the Queen’s Birthday Ball Awards until 5pm on Friday, June 5.

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