It’s time to dry clean the tux, tulle and taffeta as the ALSO Awards will take centre stage again this June.

Nominations are open across 22 categories which put a spotlight on the amazing work being done in the GLBTI community to advocate for change and champion diversity.

ALSO Foundation CEO Crusader Hillis said the awards would be the premiere event on the queer calendar and encouraged the community to start thinking about the groups and individuals who’ve made a difference over the last year.

“With the awards less than two months away now is the time for Southern Star readers to go online and nominate the heroes and achievers of the past year,” Hillis said.

SSO Media, which publishes Southern Star, has signed on as the event’s media sponsor.

Publishing editor Scott Abrahams said he was delighted SSO Media could support the red carpet event.

“The 2010 ALSO Awards will be a unique opportunity to celebrate the tireless work of people and organisations for equality, and to honour those helping promote our colourful and diverse community,” he said.

“SSO Media is proud to support the ALSO Awards and help commemorate the ALSO Foundation’s great achievements fighting for equality over the last 30 years.”

Hillis said the ALSO Foundation was also pleased to work with SSO Media as it celebrates its 30-year milestone.

“The ALSO Foundation is thrilled to welcome Southern Star as the media partner for ALSO’s ‘For All of Us’ Awards” he said.

“With Southern Star [also] the media partner of the 30-year anniversary of ALSO’s founding … we are looking forward to forging a strong relationship over coming months.”

A full night of entertainment is planned for the awards, which will be held on June 28 at St Kilda’s National Theatre.

Nominations in all 22 categories opened on Wednesday, May 12, and will close at midnight, May 30.

Those nominated will be shortlisted by a panel — except in popularity categories — and votes for specific nominees will open again on June 4.

For a list of all the awards categories, visit the ALSO website. Tickets for the event are on sale now.

The ALSO Awards is also looking for additional sponsors to support the event.

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