And the winner is…

Thanks to everyone who came along tonight and to the 800 people who voted in this year’s awards.

The boo-off decided that the 2013 Golden GLORIA went to NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay for tearing up the Rainbow Crossing at Taylor Square.

Minister Gay even turned up to accept the award...

Duncan Gay accepting the award © DEEPFIELDPHOTOGRAPHY , Mark Dickson

© DEEPFIELDPHOTOGRAPHY , Mark Dickson

Thanks again for a great night. I hope to see you all next year.

Regards
Penny Sharpe
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Category winners

Politics / Law
Tess Corbett, Katter’s Australia Party Candidate who said in interview with The Hamilton Spectator that considered gay people to be in the same category as paedophiles: "Paedophiles will be next in line to be recognised in the same way as gays and lesbians and get rights," she said.
     
International
John Sullivan, a councillor candidate for the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) for a series of Facebook posts that said gay activists were like termites; claimed homosexuality could be prevented by regular exercise in schools; congratulated Russia for banning gay pride; and said that although feminism was evil, being gay was even worse.
 
Media
Andrew Bolt: “But same-sex activists don't want marriage equality -- because they already have it. A gay man is as free as a straight man to marry a woman. A lesbian is as free as any other woman to marry a man. That's equality…. And if we are to change what marriage means, we have a duty to consider not just the good such a huge change to such a critical social bond could bring, but the evil, too.”
 
Religion
Southern Baptist Convention President Rev. Fred Luter thinks that support of same-sex marriage and gay rights could be linked to North Korea's most recent threats against the United States: “I’m not that strong in prophecy but I would not be surprised that there’s not a connection there simply because of the fact we’ve seen it happen in scripture before. I would not be surprised that at the time when we are debating same-sex marriage, at a time when we are debating whether or not we should have gays leading the Boy Scout movement, I don’t think it’s just a coincidence that we have a mad man in Asia who is saying some of the things that he’s saying.”
      
Sport
Former Major League Baseball player Mark Knudson writing about gay players in team sports: "No one has said that gays should not be allowed to play in the NFL. What has been said is that having a gay teammate would make some players uncomfortable... Nothing that infringes on the cohesiveness of the locker room can be tolerated. If a player who is not an irreplaceable superstar becomes any sort of distraction, he's going to get released... That's why it remains the best option for any homosexual athlete in a team sport to keep his orientation private. He's doing what's best for himself by doing what's best for the team."
 
Silliest GLBTI comment from within the GLBTI community
Anthony Callea says he's not interested in activism “I have a great relationship, I live in normal house, I have a dog, I live a normal lifestyle, it's just part of who I am – it's not who I am. My friends and family don't treat us like that either. I think if you make something an issue, then it becomes an issue [in] society.”

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