Sunday night we had the privilege of attending the 54th Annual Queen’s Birthday Ball Awards in the iconic Brisbane City Hall and what a fun night it was. Taking a trip to the disco era with the theme of Studio 54, and celebrating its 54 anniversary being one of the world’s longest running LGBTIQ events, the night recognised the outstanding achievements and contributions made by the Queensland’s LGBTIQ community.
Award winners for 2015 included Stephen Page for Activist of the Year, Sally Morris for Volunteer of the Year, Martini Ice for Drag Performer of the Year, and the hilarious Steven Oliver of Black Comedy fame took out Performer of the Year who praised and acknowledged how special it felt to be part of Brisbane’s LGBTIQ community. However founding member of the Queensland AIDS Council and gay rights campaigner John Ebert was surprised having attending the night as a nominee for Media Personality of the Year, to be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Completely humbled and teary eyed by the recognition Ebert thanked the attendees for the award while also touching on the the history of the gay rights movement in Queensland, including the unexpected allies of the LGBTIQ community during the early days of the AIDS epidemic that came of the form the Catholic order of nuns, the Sisters of Mercy. He also called upon Deputy Premier Jackie Trad who was in attendance, to follow through with Labor’s promise to reverse the the 2012 defunding Healthy Communities.
Check out the full list of winners for the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Ball Awards below:
Activist of the Year: Stephen Page
Volunteer of the Year: Sally Morris
Artist of the Year: Joel Devereux
Performer of the Year: Steven Oliver
Media Personality of the Year: Benjamin Zabel
DJ of the Year: DJ Arsee
Drag Performer of the Year: Martini Ice
Regular Event of the Year: Balls Out Bingo
Annual Event of the Year: Big Gay Day
Adult Venue of the Year: Number 29
Licensed Venue of the Year: The Sportsman Hotel
Community Social Group of the Year: Wendybird
Community Support Group of the Year: Open Doors
Young Achievement Award: Kai Clancy
Lifetime Achievement Award: John Ebert
There was a strong sense of community in the air, and being one that personally attended the event, not only did we celebrate those with outstanding achievements and contributions, but we also celebrated the privilege to be part of such a beautiful and diverse community.
Big congratulations all the winners, including the nominees, we’re eternally grateful for all the hard work that you do!
You can check out all the photos of the event by clicking the image below.