Shortlist of nominees for 9th annual GALAS announced

Celebration of contributions to the LGBT+ community
Shortlist of nominees in fifteen categories announced

The shortlist of nominees for the 9th annual GALAS which celebrate contributions nationally and internationally to the LGBT+ community have been announced with nominees in fifteen categories, including Volunteer of the Year, LGBT+ Ally, Role Model and Community Organisation.

Two of this year’s categories, Entertainment and Arts and Public Figure will be decided by public vote.

The recipients of the GALAS will be announced at the Mansion House, Dublin on February 8th at a celebration event.

The GALAS were established in 2009 by the National LGBT Federation (NXF) and Gay Community News (GCN) to honour those who work towards a better future for LGBT+ people in Ireland and across the globe. The awards celebrate the efforts of people across a range of areas including community organisations, arts, media, culture, advocacy, sport, health, public life and politics.

This year’s shortlist also includes the categories of Digital Change Maker and Young Trailblazer, a reflection of contemporary societal changes.

Previous recipients include former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, Senator David Norris, Averil Power and organisations such as An Garda Síochána, Marriage Equality and EY Ireland.

The 2019 shortlist of nominees is as follows:

Community Organisation: (Volunteer Staff)

Dublin Lesbian Line, Act Up, Equality for Children, Dublin Trans Peer Support Group

Community Organisation (Paid Staff)

UP Cork Youth Group, OutHouse, Shout Out, Gay Project

Volunteer of the Year

Dr Aintzane Legarreta Mentxaka (‘Maken’), Maureen Looney, Robbie Lawlor, Will St.Leger

Outstanding Company

Fostering First Ireland, Arthur Cox, Dell Technologies, Accenture

LGBT+ Young Trailblazer

Esther Young, Brandon O’Connor, Alannah Murray, Seamus Byrne

Sports Awards

Valerie Mulcahy, David Gough, Emerald Warriors, Dublin Front Runners

Digital Changer Maker

Alexis Riva, The Big Gay Bucket List, Call it Out, Orla Egan (Cork LGBT Digital Archive)


Educate Together, Senator Ged Nash, Siobhan O’Dea (GMHS), Holly Shortall

Event of the Year

Belfast Pride 2019, Dublin Pride 2019, Call It Out Campaign, Different Families, Same Love

Public Figure

Senator Fintan Warfield, Jack Shaun Murphy, Senator Jerry Buttimer, Minister Katherine Zappone, Cllr Owen Hanley

LGBT+ Role Model

Sara Phillips, Eddie McGuiness, Adam Shanley, Ailbhe Smyth

LGBT+ Employee Resource Group

AIB Pride Matters, Bank of Ireland Pride Committee, OutLaw, Irish Life PRIDE Committee

Entertainment & Arts

Rodrigo Ternevoy, LINC Drama Group, Jack Shaun Murphy, DJ Gerry Moore, Acting Out- The Decriminalisation Monologues

Noel Walsh, HIV Activism

ACT UP, HIV Ireland, Andrew Levitt, Robbie Lawlor

International Award

Syinat Sultanalieve (Kyrgyzstan), Zhanar Sekerbayeva (Kazakhstan), Nayyab Ali (Pakistan), Gilmara Cunha (Brazil)

Steve Jacques, NXF Board Director & Nominations Coordinator commented:

 “This year we received over 1400 nominations from members of the public.

Our highest number since the GALAS LGBT+ Awards was launched in 2009.

It’s been an absolute delight to read all the nomination reasons and they all highlight the contribution that individuals, organisations, events and workplaces make to and for the LGBT+ community.  This year our partner shortlisting organisations clearly had a tough job identifying potential award recipients from the long-list, using the shortlisting criteria and we thank them for their diligence.

The GALAS LGBT+ Awards is a wonderful way to say thank you and we are always in awe of how so many get behind this opportunity to celebrate and show appreciation.

The shortlist reflects those who have made an outstanding contribution and created change either visibly or behind the scenes. They have shown leadership and championed change in Ireland or abroad. They have entertained us or been there when we might have needed them most.  They have stood by us when we need ‘another’ to be our voice & created safe and inclusive workplaces for us.”

Lisa Connell, Managing Editor GCN commented:

“GCN’s core mission is to tell the stories of LGBT+ lives and represent our fabulous diverse community in all its glory and working with the National LGBT federation (NXF) to host the 9th instalment of the GALAS is an honour and an inspiration to me and the team.

The GALAS are an opportunity to recognise the ground-breaking work done within our communities and the breath-taking commitment to social change and human rights.

The GALAS also have a firm eye on the future with new categories like LGBT+ Young Trailblazer and Digital Change Maker award. In 2020, the power of representation and visibility cannot be underestimated. Let’s start the year as we mean to continue by celebrating and showing appreciation for the best and brightest in our community and 40 years of the NXF!

To select your award recipient visit the GALAS 2020 website here

The GALAS 2020 award ceremony will take place on February 8 at the Mansion House, Dublin.

Tickets for the event can be purchased here.

Congratulations to all those who were nominated and the very best of luck on the night!