The prestigious GLOBE Community Awards at the Plaza Ballroom, Collins St Melbourne, were held on Friday 11th October. These exciting awards highlight the outstanding work and contribution of individuals in Victoria’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex communities. The GLOBE awards began in 2014 and have become a strong part of the Victorian community, to recognise the inspiring people and organisations that work to benefit LGBTIQ people.
Diverstat’s CEO – Michael Martinez, Aged Support’s General Manager – Robyn Martinez, and staff member – Jasmin Findlay, were lucky enough to attend the awards night; in support of our wonderful friend Jo Bangles (co-president of Geelong Rainbow Inc.) Jo was a finalist for the massive award of ‘LGBTI Person of the Year’! This category is awarded to a Victorian LGBTIQ person of any age for outstanding and exceptional work in supporting the LGBTIQ community.
“Jo is a passionate LGBTIQ community leader proudly based in her home town of Geelong. She leads Victoria’s Pride March as the longest serving president of the Melbourne chapter of the world-renowned Dykes on Bikes, and is co-president of Geelong Rainbow Inc.”
Other categories at the Globe Community Awards 2019 were:
- A Healthy Community, sponsored by VicHealth
- Connecting the Community, sponsored by Optus
- Excellence in Small Business, sponsored by ANZ
- Protecting Our Community, sponsored by City of Melbourne
- Media Excellence
- Artist of the Year, sponsored by RMIT
- Straight Ally of the Year
- Volunteer of the Year
- John Marriott Sports Person of the Year, sponsored by Proud2play
- The GLOBE LGBTI Person of the Year
The night was amazing, and the grand Plaza Ballroom was well and truly alive with 500+ people all there to celebrate strength and diversity. The atmosphere was fun, exhilarating, creative, supportive and loving; all these things utterly palpable during the entire course of the evening.
Dinner was delish, the awards ceremony was inspiring, and the dancing was fabulous. We were very proud to attend the awards, and even prouder of Jo for her incredible achievement in being shortlisted for such an honorary award. Well done Jo!