Voting now open for the 4th annual GLORIAs

Media Release | 30 April 2013

Voting now open for the 4th annual GLORIAs

NSW Labor Upper House member Penny Sharpe today opened voting for the fourth annual GLORIAs.

"Online voting has opened for the finalists in the six categories for this year's GLORIAs,” Ms Sharpe said.

“This year we had over 80 nominations from around the world.”

Last year's Golden GLORIA winner Miranda Devine has again been nominated for her piece attacking the Proud Schools program that just missed out on last year's awards.

"Ms Devine will be up against fellow Australian columnists Piers Ackerman and Andrew Bolt in the media category, as well as the UK Daily Mail’s Richard Littlejohn for his column about a trans teacher titled ‘He's not only in the wrong body... he's in the wrong job’.

"In the politics category, Katter's Australia Party candidates have had a good showing as well as NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay who got a nod for ripping up the rainbow crossing at Taylor Square in the middle of the night.

"We have strong competition in the International category including the US military for putting an Iraq war veteran on trial for contesting Don't Ask Don't Tell, even though it has now been repealed; and Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh, for saying that 'Homosexuality is anti-god, anti-human, and anti-civilization. Homosexuals are not welcome in the Gambia... Allowing homosexuality means allowing satanic rights.'

To see the full list of finalists and to vote go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GLORIAS2013

Ms Sharpe said tickets for the awards night were selling fast and anyone interested in attending should go to www.theglorias.com.au to book.

“The GLORIAs awards will be held on 8 May at the NSW Parliament.

“We are very excited to have author and journalist David Marr returning to host the GLORIAs this year, and very special guest Joyce Maynge.

"For as long as people in public life continue to make homophobic and transphobic remarks, the GLORIAs will continue".

BACKGROUND

  • The GLORIAs are an annual event that shines the light on outrageous, ignorant and ridiculous comments made about our GLBTI citizens every day.
  • The six awards categories include politics/law, media, religion, sport and the silliest comment from within the GLBTI community.
  • Voting is open online until 5pm on the day of the awards.
  • To vote go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GLORIAS2013
  • The penultimate prize, the Golden GLORIA, for the worst comment of the year will be decided by those attending the awards via a ‘boo off’.

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