It’s unfortunately been another big year for people making strange and offensive statements about our communities.
And for the third year running, NSW Labor MLC Penny Sharpe is encouraging everyone to vote early and vote often for the most outrageous, ignorant and ridiculous comments in her annual GLORIA awards.
“This year we have received a bumper crop of over 80 nominations from around the world,” she says.
“A significant number from the political category came from the Federal Parliament’s debate on marriage equality.
The shortlist has now been decided, and online voting has opened for the winners in each of the six categories.
Among those vying for a GLORIA award this year are:
Cory Bernardi in the Politics / Law category for linking gay marriage for bestiality.
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the International category for saying homosexuality is ugly behaviour.
Miranda Devine in the Media category, for her article linking gay marriage to the London riots.
In the Religion category, Major Andrew Craibe, a senior Salvation Army official who said that non-celibate LGBT people should be put to death.
Margaret Court and Jason Akermanis are competing for the worst Sports comment award, and Rupert Everett is nominated for the silliest GLBTI comment from within the GLBTI community for saying “I can’t think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads.”
The winners in each category will be decided by an online voting process and announced at the awards night on 24 October at NSW Parliament House, to be hosted by author and journalist David Marr featuring special guest drag star Joyce Maynge.
And check out our photos from last year’s GLORIAs below.