“I nominate Glenn Hansen - promotions manager of Stonewall Hotel and AKA legendary drag queen Candy Box. Glenn has in the past few years been the driving force behind the rebirth of the Sydney Pride Festival. Last year was the second year of Pride Week in June raising over $58,000 for various charities.
"Glenn also regularly works with other venues in Sydney to come together and join forces to strengthen Sydney's gay scene and shares his wealth of experience with other up and coming drag identities to support them with their careers."
Without the Stonewall Hotel, Sydney's gay golden mile Oxford Street would be without its brash shiny camp Malibu-smelling heartbeat. For many of us it was the first gay bar we ever went to, in which we met the first drag queen we ever spoke to, and caught the eye of the first guy we ever hooked up with.
We asked what appearing on this list meant to the gay night hotspot's long-serving promoter. "Being told I was on the list was a shock and an incredible privilege," the community-minded character replies. "To be recognised by your peers is an amazing feeling.
"I enjoy working in and with our wonderful GLBT community and to be nominated is a reward in itself. Finding out you are on the Same Same 25 list is the icing on the cake. Thank you."
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.