GLOBE Community Awards

Beginning in 2014, the GLOBE Community Awards have become an integral part of the Victorian LGBTI community

The GLOBE Community Awards celebrate achievement in Victoria’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex communities, highlighting the work of a diverse range of organisations that benefit or unite the LGBTI community. The Awards program recognise the outstanding work and contribution of individuals in our community.


Delivering a prominent awards program

The awards program has grown and evolved to become the most prominent program that recognises those who positively contribute to the lived experiences of the Victorian LGBTI community.

The Victorian Government’s support has been integral in cementing the success of the GLOBE Community Awards program in Victoria. The Victorian Government are committed to supporting the LGBTI community and have invested $55,000 per year over a three-year term, without their support the GLOBE Community Awards wouldn’t be possible.


The GLOBE Community Awards program has:

* Awarded 54 Victorian individuals and organisations *

* Hosted over 1,900 LGBTI people and allies at our award ceremonies *

* Generated more than $100,000 that has been reinvested into the Victorian LGBTI community *


‘The GLOBE awards are one of the highlights of the LGBTIQ calendar, a time to stop and acknowledge the remarkable work of LGBTIQ individuals and programs from right across Victoria. Through the GLOBE Community Awards Program we highlight the progress we have made and celebrate how far we have come.’

 Martin Foley MP, Minister for Equality


Meet our 2019 Awards Judges


Chyloe Kurdas

Television and radio sports commentator, Chyloe Kurdas spent a decade at AFL Victoria building the AFLW, combining her skills in health promotion, psychology and education to build award winning high performance sporting programs for adolescent girls that focus on the whole athlete.

Golf is now the target of Chyloe’s passion for cultivating cultural change and gender equity through sport. As Golf Australia’s Female Engagement Senior Manager, Chyloe is charged with leading Golf Australia’s long term strategy to enhance women and girls engagement in golf.

A 2018 TEDX Sydney keynote speaker, Chyloe is also an Associate of the Melbourne Business School working with Executive Education and Department of Defence leadership programs on cultural change and gender equity.

Chyloe credits being one of the first women to play football on the MCG as one of the best days of her life.



Farrah Tomazin

Farrah is an investigative reporter and senior journalist for The Age, with interests in politics, social justice, and legal affairs.

Her in-depth coverage of LGBTIQ  issues such as marriage equality, same-sex adoption, and Safe Schools have placed her at the forefront of important national debates, while her major investigation into gay conversion therapy helped spark unprecedented reforms in Victoria.

Since joining the newspaper, Farrah has overseen multiple state and federal elections – most recently as the Victorian Politics Editor for The Sunday Age.

She spent her early career covering everything from general news, crime and local government, before embarking an award-winning stint as The Age’s education editor. She now works with The Age’s coveted Investigations Unit.

Farrah currently lives in St Kilda East with her wife Tessa and their cavoodles, Prince and George Michael.












Jeremy Wiggins

Jeremy Wiggins is a bisexual transgender community advocate. Jeremy has 15 years community organising experience, is a 2017 Churchill Fellow and the 2018 GLOBE Victorian LGBTI Person of the Year. Jeremy is the Co-Chair of the national trans masculine sexual health advocacy group where he was involved in creating the first national sexual health campaign (GRUNT) for trans men who have sex with cisgender men. Jeremy was also the Founding Editor of DUDE Magazine which helped build a movement to increase awareness of trans masculinity.

Jeremy is a member of the Victorian Government’s LGBTI Health and Human Services Working Group, Co-Chair of the Victorian Government’s Trans and Gender Diverse Expert Advisory Group and a Chief Investigator on the first Australian national trans and gender diverse sexual health project with the Kirby Institute. Jeremy works in the health sector on LGBTI health and also freelances as a Project Management Consultant, Educator and Public Speaker. Jeremy is a proud father of 6 year old twins.

Leonard Vary

Leonard is the CEO of The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund, having previously worked as Executive Director of the Fox Private Group, and as General Counsel and an Executive Director of the Linfox Group. Leonard is a board member of Creative Partnerships Australia and of the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, having previously served as a board member of the Malthouse Theatre, Chairman of the Centre for Contemporary Photography and Vice President of the Melbourne International Arts Festival.

Holding a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment, Leonard has also undertaken the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Matt Buck

Matt is a Performance Lead at ANZ, focused on helping Business Owners to start, run and grow their businesses. Joining in 2004, Matt has worked nationally in roles covering Business Development, Marketing and Strategic Partnerships.

With a passion for innovation and customers, Matt is co-chair of ANZ’s Mardi Gras committee and part of the team that transformed ANZs partnership for a grass roots initiative to the Principle Partner of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.  The ANZ GAYTMs and HOLDTIGHT campaign have been recognised globally for their positive impact and support for the LGBTI community.

Matt’s spent 8 years on ANZ’s Pride Network Leadership group helping design the Network Charter and initiatives that have seen ANZ recognised as 2017 LGBTI Employer of the Year, a Gold Employer and runner up employer of the year in 2018 and awarded Platinum Status for longevity in high performance at the 2019 AWEI awards.


Sally Goldner

Sally Goldner AM has been involved in Victoria’s queer communities for over twenty years. This includes Transgender Victoria, co-facilitator of Transfamily, presenter of 3 CR’s “Out of the Pan” and Treasurer of Bisexual Alliance Victoria.

She is the focus of an autobiographical documentary “Sally’s Story” and a life member of 4 queer organisations.

She was awarded an Order of Australia in 2019, inducted into the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll in 2016, awarded LGBTI Victorian of the Year in 2015 and was noted in The Age’s Top 100 most creative and influential people in Melbourne in 2011.

She is an educator, speaker, MC and occasional performer (all in contrast to her original accountancy training) …with more to come!

Meet our 2018 Awards recipients


Jeremy Wiggins

2018 GLOBE LGBTI Person of the Year


Angie Green

2018 GLOBE Community Inspiration Award

Jamie Gardiner

2018 GLOBE Volunteer of the Year

The Coming Back Out Ball

2018 Connecting our Community award – sponsored by Optus

Project Rockit

2018 Excellence in Business award – sponsored by ANZ

Matthew Wade

2018 Media Excellence award – sponsored by Think HQ


Pride Cup

2018 Healthy Community award


Danni Webber

2018 Artist of the Year


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Hannah Mouncey

2018 John Marriott Sports Person of the Year


Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

2018 Straight Ally of the Year


LGBTI Rights Unit of the Human Rights Law Centre

2018 Protecting our Community award – sponsored by Lander and Rogers Lawyers