Peel Hotel owner Tom McFeely is awaiting his fate on a possible career change into politics next month.

McFeely is seeking endorsement as the number two Liberal Party candidate for the Northern Metropolitan Region Upper House seat in Victorian Parliament.

The Victorian division of the Liberal Party is set to meet on August 1 for pre-selection.

“We’ll see what happens,” he told Southern Star.

In other news McFeely made a surprise announcement this week that he will organise another gay awards night for Melbourne in late November.

The awards night – dubbed the Gay Retail and Hospitality Awards Melbourne (The GRAHAMs) — will be an industry night for gay business owners, workers and performers to kick up their heels.

“What I’m trying to do is have a night that recognises the gay scene as in the hospitality businesses and those businesses associated with it,” he said.

“It’s about businesses doing a self-congratulatory once a year … non apologetic party.”

Differing from the theatre set up of the ALSO Awards, The GRAHAMS will be a sit down dinner event at a venue yet to be announced.

McFeely said hosting The GRAHAMs is not an attempt to upstage the ALSO Awards saying the two served different purposes.

“I’ve been going to the various awards for 16 years and there have been good ones and bad ones for various different reasons, but I’m well aware there was feeling the [ALSO] awards are community based.”

“I think there is room for both, and it does mean the community can be more focused around [the ALSO Awards] and be given the respect they’re due, that way those who want the flamboyance and a more sit down scenario can have it”

“The last thing you want is half the people feeling pissed off that the one thing they attend isn’t for them, so perhaps this way everyone will be happy.”

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