The LGBTI Honour Awards were held at the Ivy ballroom last week with Patrick Abboud winning the media award.Mr Abboud, a reporter for SBS, was honoured for his coverage of LGBTI issues, across all media platforms at the 10th annual awards.
“It’s incredible to be acknowledged by your community peers you know, and in the media category I think what people don’t realise is that storytelling is the one thing that keeps us connected,” said Mr Abboud.
Also nominated in the media category was popular breakfast show host Karl Stefanovic, who was nominated for his sincere apology for using a derogatory slur to transgender people on the Today Show. Stefanovic couldn’t make the awards.
The Youth Achiever award was shared between Sally Rugg, marriage equality director for GetUp Australia, and Chris Pycroft, co-convenor of the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby.
There were 34 nominees over eight categories, who were all grateful to be nominated and be a part of the night.
Over 300 people attended the event, consisting of five-star quality food, an open bar and awareness to community issues.
Guests of the awards were also able to participate in a silent auction with prizes valued at $130,000 donated to The Aids Council of New South Wales (ACON) by community members and local businesses. – Presented by CJ Cowen and Jasmine Motti, and produced by Luke Cullen.
Top image screenshot from video of CJ Cowen interviewing Sydney drag personality Verushka Darling