“I would like to nominate Ali Hogg, convenor of Equal Love in Victoria, the movement for equal marriage rights," a firm fan of the Melbourne same-sex marriage rabble rouser wrote in to nominate her.
"Ali volunteers her time, energy and passion to fight for our rights and has created not only a broad-based movement that has forced Governments to listen, but a safe space for GLBTI people to come together. Her rallies, along with the convenors in others states, have been the catalyst for the current debate over equal marriage, and have influenced not only State and Federal politicians, but a generation of GLBTI people.
"Same-sex attracted and gender questioning young people are following her lead and demanding their rights, refusing to be sidelined as 'other' and therefore 'lesser'.
"The fight she is leading will culminate in equal marriage rights and an unwavering conviction in the next generation that they are equal to, and should be treated as well as, everybody else in their society.”
We couldn't have put it better ourselves. Ali Hogg responds: "I am thrilled to bits that the hard work that has been put into the campaign for equal marriage rights is being recognised.
"Hopefully in 2011 Equal Love can continue to inspire others to get involved in taking a stand against discrimination and for marriage equality all until we win!"
The Same Same 25 is an annual celebration of the 25 Most Influential Gay and Lesbian Australians. They are publicly nominated, and chosen by a panel of community leaders.
For the past two years, the announcement of the 25 Most Influential Gay and Lesbian Australians has attracted widespread national media attention and focused on the achievements and influence of a varied and inspirational group of people.