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Here she is – your Absolutchoice!

Your votes have decided. A rabble-rousing, gay-marriage lobbying, tireless marching crusader has topped Same Same’s 25 list to become the Absolut People’s Choice.

Melbourne’s Equal Love campaigner Ali Hogg told us she was thrilled when we contacted her to tell her the good news.

“Thanks so much, I can’t believe this,” she reacted. “It’s so great that people have recognised the hard work that has gone into the campaign.

“This honour also reflects the persistence of the many thousands of people who have taken to the streets to demand their rights – it’s important that this persistence is recognised because we need it to win!”

She also passed on her thanks to everyone who voted for her, and assured us that the year to come will be a huge one in the campaign for gay marriage – her work is not over until Australia’s gay and lesbian couples can walk down the aisle and enjoy their special wedding day like any other Aussie can.

Like all the people on this year’s Same Same 25 list, Ali Hogg received several nominations. People who nominated her raved about the time, energy and passion she pours into her cause.

She’s a truly influential figure. Those who nominated Ali told us she was a real go-getting role model for younger people in our community. “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’,” one young Melbournite summed up.

Same Same’s list of the 25 Most Influential LGBTI Australians – brought to you by Absolut Vodka – is here.

Equal Love’s next rally in Melbourne is planned for Saturday 26 March. Find out more on the lobby group’s official website.

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libby

libby said on the 10th Feb, 2011

Great choice. Congrats Ali!

hoggs1

hoggs1 said on the 10th Feb, 2011

Congrats my darling daughter :) Very proud of you .. xo Keep up the wonderful work for a wonderful cause.

laser

laser said on the 10th Feb, 2011

An inspirational person - a well deserved win!

Matt Akersten

Matt Akersten said on the 10th Feb, 2011

Well done Ali - here's a song we made for you!

http://gobarbra.com/hit/new-4e841d10d34682e0571e772f5b076f99

alihogg

alihogg said on the 10th Feb, 2011

Well done Ali - here's a song we made for you!

http://gobarbra.com/hit/new-4e841d10d34682e0571e772f5b076f99
Thanks Matt, that is hilarious!! x

rudeboy86

rudeboy86 said on the 10th Feb, 2011

All well and good I guess but it would be nice if our community wasn't sponsored by a (socially accepted) drug company.

Virgindirk

Virgindirk said on the 10th Feb, 2011

Most gay events are all sponsored by alcohol or a gay dating website (gaydar,manhunt etc).... go figure lol

rudeboy86

rudeboy86 said on the 10th Feb, 2011



Yeah, I know and it sucks.

I don't drink, smoke or take drugs anymore...I go to gigs, play pool and fuck a lot, works for me but I really don't like the fact that grog is being shoved into our faces every time there is a community event.

Community sponsored by alcohol...am I the only one who finds this notion absurd and slightly twisted?

They are only using us to market their product to us...they really could not give a flying fuck about us...despite what they might say in their corporate propaganda.

Virgindirk

Virgindirk said on the 10th Feb, 2011

Ive noticed its always brands like smirnoff,midori and Absolut that get flogged all the time at gay events. Its never anything like VB, Jim beam or winemakers.

rudeboy86

rudeboy86 said on the 10th Feb, 2011



Benson&Hedges World Cup....remember that???

Virgindirk

Virgindirk said on the 10th Feb, 2011

No have no idea what you are talking about lol

rudeboy86

rudeboy86 said on the 10th Feb, 2011



Benson&Hedges used to sponsor the Cricket World Cup back in the day...now that tobacco has been told that they cannot sponsor things, alcohol and shitty fast food takes it's place....just as unhealthy and not something I would personally want to have sponsoring the community and its events.

Saw a lot of VB umbrellas and the like at the Pride afterparty in Catani Gardens.

LordoftheAvenue

LordoftheAvenue said on the 10th Feb, 2011

What if the events were sponsored by Durex?

Travis de Jonk

Travis de Jonk said on the 10th Feb, 2011

VERY VERY Deserving! Love ya Ali! XXX

rudeboy86

rudeboy86 said on the 10th Feb, 2011



I could probably dig that to a certain point...if we must have corporate sponsors then why not use a condom company?

JesseMatheson

JesseMatheson said on the 17th Feb, 2011

Shut the fuck up, seriously, you are all a bunch of whiners. Why don't you go and sponsor them with your bags of money?

You should feel happy that a well recognised and powerful business is happy to sponsor a GLBTIQ event.

So over this nitpicking bullshit.

datkindagal

datkindagal said on the 17th Feb, 2011

I think Durex is a pretty smart idea, I have to agree that I think alcohol sponsorship
'for anything" is a bit on the nose.

nitpicking makes the world a better place :)

datkindagal

datkindagal said on the 17th Feb, 2011

alcohol undermines the spirit of the event ;) booom tish