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Celebrating Unsung Heroes at NSW’s Leading LGBTQ Community Awards

ACON 2 mins read

MEDIA RELEASE                                                  

31 MAY 2023





Nominations for Honour Awards 2023 are now open and organisers are inviting people to lift up and celebrate the efforts of individuals and organisations who have made a difference to the lives of LGBTQ people in NSW.


First held in 2007, the Honour Awards celebrates outstanding service to, and achievements within, LGBTQ communities in NSW. Organised by ACON, NSW’s leading LGBTQ health organisation, Honour is also a gala fundraising event for ACON’s community health initiatives delivered. All funds raised at the Honour Awards goes back into assisting the community through ACON’s health programs and services.


“The Honour Awards have always been about celebrating how LGBTQ people from all walks of life and different organisations are helping and inspiring others in our communities,” said ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill. “In 2023 we’re proud to continue this important tradition for our communities by shining a light on so many incredible achievements.”


Nominations can be submitted in nine categories covering health, entertainment, community, HIV, media, business, visual arts, youth and community service sectors on the Honour Awards website ( Nominations close on Sunday 2 July.


“A key part of what makes the Honour Awards so special is that they provide an amazing opportunity to celebrate people in our communities whose names don’t make the headlines, as well as our more high-profile achievers,” Parkhill said. “In order to achieve this, we are asking the community to share the stories of people and organisations that have made a difference – whether it be in the lives of a few, or whose contributions are more wide-ranging.”


A judging panel of community peers and leaders selects finalists in each category with the winners announced on the night of the awards. Winners receive a range of gifts, and all finalists – as well as their nominators* – receive a free ticket to the gala event, to be held on Wednesday 23 August at the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney.


This year, Macquarie Street law firm, Dowson Turco Lawyers, returns as the proud Principal Partner of the Honour Awards. Dowson Turco Lawyers, who are previous Honour Award recipients themselves, have been Honour’s Principal Partner since 2018.


Nicholas Stewart, Partner at Dowson Turco Lawyers, said: “Given our long-term involvement and support for the Honour Awards, as well as being award recipients, we know how important this event is for our communities. Dowson Turco Lawyers is proud to once again be part of the Honour Awards and contribute towards the efforts that celebrate the many inspiring achievements of LGBTQ people and organisations in NSW.”


Parkhill added: “We thank Dowson Turco Lawyers and all our event partners for their ongoing and generous support. You are not only helping celebrate our community’s unsung heroes by ensuring events like the Honour Awards can take place, but also bolstering the strength and resilience of LGBTQ people.


“We look forward to celebrating the amazing and inspirational work of people in our communities.”


Nominations for the Honour Awards 2023 are now open at Winners will be announced at the Honour Awards Ceremony and Reception on Wednesday 23 August at the Ivy Ballroom, Sydney.




* only the first person to nominate a finalist gets a free ticket


For more information please contact: David Alexander, ACON Media and Communications

E:   T: (02) 9206 2044   M: 0428 477 042



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