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Welcome to the South Australian Pride Awards 2024 Nominees Page!​

 

Celebrating diversity, inclusion, and excellence, the South Australian Pride Awards honour those who have made outstanding contributions to the LGBTQIA+ community. Here, you'll find a dazzling array of nominees across various categories, each embodying the spirit of pride and resilience.​

 

From trailblazing activists to innovative artists, our nominees represent the vibrant tapestry of South Australia's LGBTQIA+ community. Their courage, creativity, and commitment inspire us all to strive for a more inclusive society where everyone can thrive.​

 

View the list of Nominees below

REMEMBER TO READ ALL CATEGORIES BEFORE YOU VOTE.

  Community Group of the Year   

 

BFRIEND

Bfriend is an invaluable pillar of support, renowned for their exceptional staff and dedicated network of volunteer peer connectors. With a heartfelt commitment to every individual who seeks their assistance, their team goes above and beyond to create a nurturing environment for all. But their impact extends far beyond their welcoming doors. Bfriend also plays a crucial role in fostering inclusivity and safety in workplaces across the board through their comprehensive workplace training programs. By equipping organisations with the tools and knowledge needed to create safer, more supportive environments for all LGBTQIA+ individuals, they're not just providing support—they're paving the way for a more inclusive future.

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN RAINBOW ADVOCACY ALLIANCE

The South Australian Rainbow Advocacy Alliance (SARAA) shines as a leading force for advocacy and empowerment in the region. Committed to fostering acceptance and support for individuals of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, SARAA engages in impactful advocacy, education, and community outreach initiatives. Their mission is clear: to champion the rights of LGBTQIA+ individuals and promote inclusivity throughout South Australia. With a dynamic approach and unwavering dedication, SARAA strives to pave the way for a brighter, more equitable future for all. 

RAINBOW CROWS ADELAIDE

Soar alongside the Rainbow Crows Adelaide, where the thrill of sport converges with a deep commitment to inclusivity. As trailblazers in LGBTQIA+ representation within the sports arena, Rainbow Crows Adelaide embodies unity, diversity, and an unbridled passion for the game. With steadfast support and a dedication to equality, this pioneering team cultivates a warm and inclusive atmosphere for players and fans, transcending barriers and embracing each individual's unique identity. 

TRANSMASCSA

Welcome to TransMascSA, a community of resilience, empowerment, and solidarity for transgender and non-binary individuals assigned female at birth. TransMascSA serves as a vital support network, providing resources, advocacy, and a safe space for those navigating gender transition and identity exploration. With a focus on amplifying voices and fostering connection, TransMascSA celebrates the diversity and strength of the transgender experience.

PRIDE OF THE SOUTH

Get ready to march to the beat of inclusion and diversity with Pride of the South's annual Pride March, a vibrant celebration of LGBTQIA+ visibility in Adelaide's southern suburbs. As the heartbeat of community empowerment, Pride of the South orchestrates a colourful spectacle of unity, love, and pride, bringing together individuals from all walks of life to celebrate authenticity and acceptance.

ADELAIDE QWIRE

Adelaide Qwire stands tall as South Australia's premier LGBTQIA+ choir, harmonising diversity and inclusion through the power of music. With a repertoire as diverse as its members, Adelaide Qwire creates soul-stirring performances that resonate with audiences across the state. Beyond the stage, this tight-knit community provides a supportive space for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies to express themselves, form lasting friendships, and advocate for equality. Adelaide Qwire embodies the transformative potential of music, uniting voices in a chorus of acceptance, empowerment, and celebration.

ADELAIDE UNIVERSITY 'SHARKS' RUGBY UNION TEAM

The Adelaide Sharks, the city's sole Gay and Inclusive rugby union team, stands as a beacon of diversity and acceptance, offering a sanctuary for queer individuals and allies alike to embrace the sport of rugby. With a mission to shatter stereotypes and challenge the stigma surrounding non-heteronormative participation in professional sports, the Sharks provide a nurturing environment where players can learn and thrive. Competing under the banner of the Adelaide Uni Thirds against other third-grade teams, the Sharks symbolise resilience and unity, demonstrating that passion for rugby knows no bounds, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

FEAST QUEER YOUTH DROP IN

The Feast Queer Youth Drop In, marking its 11th year in 2024, offers a vital haven for vulnerable LGBTQIA+ youth aged 15 to 25 in Adelaide. Held bi-monthly, it provides a safe, inclusive space where 25 to 35 young individuals can engage in creative activities aimed at fostering mental health, resilience, and connections. While associated with Feast, the Drop In operates independently, primarily funded by weekly Gay Bingo events at Mylk Bar and occasional grants and donations. Attendees, often facing mental health challenges and family rejection, find solace and camaraderie, forming lasting bonds. The dedicated team, comprising LGBTQIA+ members, facilitates diverse activities including craft sessions, zine-making, and Dungeons and Dragons. Volunteers contribute meals, enhancing the sense of community. Through its unwavering commitment, the Drop In continues to profoundly impact the lives of LGBTQIA+ youth in Adelaide, serving as a beacon of acceptance and support.

  Community Impact Award   

DIVERSE-CITY

At Diverse-City, Sue and Sarah have worked hard over the last 12 months to better cater for our Trans community. When they noticed that representation was low at events, they created Transformations, a monthly evening where Trans People and their allies can meet and get to know one another. This was launched at the handover of the remaining Carousel Club funds to Trans-Masc SA and Trans-Femme SA, and has been running successfully for many months. Their efforts have made a big impact already - not only are attendees making new friends at Transformations but attendance at all Diverse-City events by members of the Trans community has increased.

LILY JAKSIC

Lily takes the reins as the venue manager of Mary’s Poppin, where she also spearheads a series of vibrant queer events held over the past year. From local favourites like Mary’s in the Park to ventures beyond Adelaide, such as Drag Expo Sydney and Melbourne, Lily's passion for event organisation shines through. Since assuming the role at just 21, Lily's ambition and dedication have been evident in every aspect of her work. Whether it's ensuring smooth operations at Mary’s or orchestrating unforgettable events, she invests her energy to create safe and joyous spaces where everyone can let loose and dance the night away.

CANCER COUNCIL SA

Through a grant from Preventive Health SA, Cancer Council SA partnered with SHINE SA to co-design cervical cancer self-collection resources specifically for TransMascSA and gender diverse people with a cervix. Australia is on track to be one of the first countries to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health issue. Cancer Council SA recognises this will only be possible with campaigns and programs that reach all people with a cervix. Past resources have only focused on cis women and excluded, by omission, other individuals who need to be included in screening programs. Cancer Council SA will use this campaign to increase resources that are inclusive of LGBTQIA+ communities. 

HUMAN.KIND STUDIOs

Human.Kind Studios have supported the LGBTQIA+ community since their inception in Adelaide. This includes their commitments to accessibility (all gender-toilets, gender neutral language use (in classes and on forms), clear signage of inclusivity, and flexible payment models) up to their ongoing efforts in supporting the LGBTQIA+ community in Adelaide. During the marriage equality debate they supported members they knew to be LGBTQIA+ and stepped up to provide education to the wider community on how they could be better allies during this challenging time for our community. More recently they have started to run Queer yoga. Which is run by Queer people for Queer People, recognising that LGBTQIA+ community connection is so important. These classes are run on a "pay what you can" basis to enhance accessibility and are open to anyone who identifies as part of the LGBTQIA+ community. They are run as a safe space for LGBTQIA+ community members and many thoughtful steps are taken to ensure this. 

COLOURFULL ABILITIES

ColourFull Abilities SA, an innovative organisation dedicated to the intersection of LGBTQIA+ rights and disability advocacy. With a commitment to amplifying diverse voices and fostering empowerment, ColourFull Abilities SA stands at the forefront of LGBTQIA+ inclusion within the disability community. Through tailored support services, awareness campaigns, and inclusive events, they champion equality, visibility, and acceptance for LGBTQIA+ individuals of all abilities. 

SHINE SA

SHINE SA is a leading organiSation in South Australia dedicated to promoting sexual and reproductive health and well-being. They provide a wide range of services including education, counselling, clinical services, and advocacy. With a focus on inclusivity and accessibility, SHINE SA works to ensure that all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or background, have access to accurate information, support, and resources to make informed decisions about their sexual health. They play a vital role in advocating for LGBTQIA+ rights and providing tailored support and services to meet the unique needs of LGBTQIA+ individuals in South Australia.

THORNE HARBOUR HEALTH SA

Thorne Harbour Health SA is a prominent organisation dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of LGBTQIA+ individuals in South Australia. Formerly known as the Victorian AIDS Council, Thorne Harbour Health SA provides a wide range of health services, support programs, and advocacy initiatives tailored to the LGBTQIA+ community. From sexual health clinics to mental health support and community outreach, Thorne Harbour Health SA strives to address the diverse health needs of LGBTQIA+ individuals in a safe, inclusive, and affirming environment. Through their commitment to empowerment, education, and advocacy, Thorne Harbour Health SA plays a pivotal role in promoting LGBTQIA+ health equity and social justice in South Australia. 

KYLEE LAWLER

Kylee has been leading a change within the College that we work at. Kylee has engaged a strong community of allies and those from the LGBTQIA+ community to really support, encourage, educate and promote this community to fellow staff members and students. Our students range from Reception to year 12, our college is an online based school where all engagement is online. Kylee has led the way in really engaging our students and staff in education and support during LGBTQIA+ support days. Kylee has personally developed posters, lanyards, and other materials to display around the College in support of the LGBTQIA+ community. The college now openly celebrates diversity, works towards change and encourages students and staff to be themselves to any extent. This is now highly supported and encouraged by the college Principal and in 2023 our College had a group of staff who walked in the Pride March in Adelaide promoting equality and change on behalf of the school. Without Kylee's initiative, passion and drive none of this would have been possible.

FEAST QUEER YOUTH DROP IN

The Feast Queer Youth Drop In, marking its 11th year in 2024, offers a vital haven for vulnerable LGBTQIA+ youth aged 15 to 25 in Adelaide. Held bi-monthly, it provides a safe, inclusive space where 25 to 35 young individuals can engage in creative activities aimed at fostering mental health, resilience, and connections. While associated with Feast, the Drop In operates independently, primarily funded by weekly Gay Bingo events at Mylk Bar and occasional grants and donations. Attendees, often facing mental health challenges and family rejection, find solace and camaraderie, forming lasting bonds. The dedicated team, comprising LGBTQIA+ members, facilitates diverse activities including craft sessions, zine-making, and Dungeons and Dragons. Volunteers contribute meals, enhancing the sense of community. Through its unwavering commitment, the Drop In continues to profoundly impact the lives of LGBTQIA+ youth in Adelaide, serving as a beacon of acceptance and support.

  Event of the Year   

 

SINGING IN THE PAIN

Singin' in the Pain presents and captures the experiences of LGBTQIA+ people with disability, presented by that cohort.  A range of performances including burlesque, cabaret and stand-up is activism as art.   A session featured a relaxed performance for audience members with sensory needs.     LGBTQIA+ people stand at the intersection of two groups routinely discriminated against, and Singing in the Pain brings agency and passion by a talented range of performers with their lived experiences squarely front and centre.

DEVIOUS ADELAIDE

Devious Adelaide organises quarterly parties with a deliberate focus on inclusivity, providing a welcoming environment for members of the kink and queer community to express themselves freely and connect with others. These gatherings prioritise safety, diversity, and support, offering a unique and colourful approach to socialising. Attendees can expect a relaxed atmosphere where they can be themselves without judgement, fostering a sense of belonging and camaraderie. Through their intentional efforts, Devious Adelaide creates spaces where everyone feels valued and respected, redefining the boundaries of acceptance within the community.

BEAR MEN OF ADELAIDE PUB NIGHTS

For the last 10 plus years the Bear Men of Adelaide have held their pub nights in Adelaide. These nights have been well attended for many years. The pub nights have been consistently the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month and the raffle draw has become an Adelaide tradition for many of the attendees. The nights provide a safe, friendly and welcoming environment for anyone looking to find a safe space to meet and drink with friend old and new. Bear Men of Adelaide pub nights has and will continue to be some of the most attended regular monthly events in Adelaide. 

PICNIC IN THE PARK - FEAST FESTIVAL

Picnic in the Park, produced by Feast Festival, is South Australia's largest ticketed LGBTQIA+ event, attracting a diverse audience and amplifying pride and inclusion. In a radical programming change, Picnic in the Park was moved to open the festival in 2023. An artist showcase stage and community markethall to support local artisans were introduced. This favourite community event featured a day full of entertainment with local DJ’s, acoustic performers and festival acts programmed across 3 stages and of course, the not-to-miss infamous Feast Dog Show. Attendance at Picnic in the Park increased by 39%, with the allocation of 500 free tickets to enhance accessibility for the community exhausted.
 

MARYS IN THE PARK

Marys in the Park was Adelaide’s FIRST-EVER unapologetic POP music festival, featuring an epic lineup of pop royalty alongside some of the world’s biggest names in drag. With drama, death drops and pop music like you’ve never experienced it before as Marys in the Park took you from day to night with non-stop entertainment delivered by a star-studded lineup including Ricki-lee, Crystal Waters (USA), Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Samantha Jade and a plethora of superstar queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race USA and Down Under.

MR BEAR COMPETITION 2023

After an absence of about 8 years, the Mr. Bear title in South Australia was brought back to life, igniting a wave of excitement within the Adelaide Bear community. Organised by the Bear Men of Adelaide, the competition was meticulously designed to reclaim the spotlight for South Australia and its vibrant bear scene. It quickly became the hottest ticket in town, selling out within days and attracting attendees from across the country, including Melbourne and Brisbane, as well as the reigning 2023 Mr. Australasia Bear. The 2023 competition transformed into a must-attend event, drawing participants from all corners of the community for a night filled with thrills, entertainment, and community spirit.

PRIDE OF THE SOUTH PRIDE MARCH

This annual event is a powerful demonstration of LGBTQIA+ visibility and solidarity. Marchers take to the streets, adorned in vibrant colours and waving flags high, to celebrate love, acceptance, and equality for all. The Pride of the South Pride March is more than just a parade—it's a symbol of resilience, progress, and community strength. Whether you're walking, cheering from the sidelines, we come together to make our voices heard and our presence felt.

ST JUST SISTERS

St Just Sisters embody a remarkable dedication to community engagement and inclusivity. As proud founding members of LGBTQIA+ Mid North SA, they serve as advocates for their regional community, amplifying diverse voices and fostering a sense of belonging. Taking charge of the LGBTQIA+ Mid North SA Facebook page, they extend their reach and support to digital platforms, ensuring visibility and connection for all. Their impact extends beyond the virtual world, as they orchestrate successful events like the Feast Country Pride Picnic & Feast and the Fabulous fundraising event in Burra. Through their tireless efforts, they've raised over $5000 for the Mid North community, all while creating an inclusive and caring space where everyone is welcomed and valued.

  Performer / Artist of the Year   

 

DJ LUSH

Meet DJ Lush, a vibrant presence in the local music scene known for her infectious energy and magnetic stage presence. From pumping up the crowd at bustling clubs to setting the mood at trendy events, DJ Lush commands attention with her dynamic mixes and captivating performances. With a flair for reading the room and keeping the dance floor packed, she effortlessly elevates any atmosphere with her signature style and undeniable talent.

DIANA DIVINE

Diana Divine is a longstanding figure in the Adelaide burlesque scene, with a career spanning 9 years. They've toured interstate, and performed in various festivals including Adelaide Fringe, Feast Festival, Embrace Festival and the Australian Burlesque Festival. Diana has also produced various shows that give local performers a place to shine, including Singin in the Pain, The Justass League, Lollybag Burlesque and the SA Burlesque Community Awards. Diana also recently won second place at the prestigious Mx Burlesque SA competition, claiming the title of Mx Burlesque Adelaide 2023. She's also made important strides in disability advocacy, serving as a disability access consultant for many venues and events to ensure that patrons and performers alike can enjoy accessible arts.

KANE ENABLE

In the past year, Kane has been an unstoppable force in shaping the vibrant tapestry of our city's queer culture. Her dedication knows no bounds as she tirelessly crafts and champions events in collaboration with Mary's Poppin, each one a testament to her creative vision and unwavering commitment. From the groundbreaking success of the inaugural Mary's In the Park to the electrifying atmosphere she brings to every stage, Kane's impact reverberates far beyond our city limits. With a flair for drag that rivals the biggest international names, she's a shining beacon of Adelaide's drag scene, dazzling audiences across Australia alongside icons like Monet X Change, Sasha Colby, and Jinkx Monsoon. But Kane isn't just a performer—she's a cultural ambassador, using her platform to showcase the dynamic, hilarious, and thought-provoking work of Adelaide's drag artists to audiences nationwide. And her talents don't stop there; her debut solo show at the Adelaide Fringe was met with resounding acclaim, cementing her status as a true trailblazer in our city's cultural landscape. Kane's relentless pursuit of innovation and excellence is what keeps our queer scene vibrant, refreshing, and undeniably relevant. She's not just raising the bar—she's setting a whole new standard for cultural experiences in Adelaide.

XAI

Xai is an absolute standout in Adelaide's entertainment scene, renowned for her sheer uniqueness. Hailed as not just an entertainer, but also a top makeup artist in South Australia. Xai's performances are nothing short of breathtaking—each one a mesmerising display of creativity and skill. From crafting her own wigs and costumes to conjuring up stunning makeup looks, Xai leaves audiences spellbound with her attention to detail and flair for the dramatic. Yet, amidst all the glamour, Xai remains approachable and down-to-earth, eagerly mingling with guests and graciously posing for photos after her shows. In a city brimming with talent, Xai shines as a true icon, setting the stage ablaze with her powerful presence and undeniable charm.

PRINCESS LAYA

Laya has taken drag to the masses. Working in a vast number of venues providing drag entertainment weekly across Adelaide. Alongside Fifi, they have been the Original Drag Bingo here in Adelaide. Coming from the Mars Bar Show cast, Laya also makes star appearances in other variety shows and drag events. 
Laya is a staunch supporter of the community, having volunteered for feast festival and promoting the festival, bringing sparkle and charm to pride marches and marriage equality. Every weekend you’ll even find Laya out there at hens, bucks and special event parties providing class drag to everyone across the broader community.

BENJAMIN MAIO MACKAY

They've fearlessly carved their path as an unapologetically out and proud artist, boldly navigating the intersections of bisexuality and non-binary identity with unwavering confidence. Their values and identity are not just a part of who they are—they're the driving force behind every creative endeavour. Fearless and fierce, they use their platform to elevate and empower other queer artists and performers, ensuring that diverse voices are heard and celebrated. Their commitment to authenticity and inclusivity isn't just admirable—it's revolutionary. In a world that often tries to silence marginalised voices, they're raising them up, louder and prouder than ever before. They're not just making art; they're shaping a movement, one that champions visibility, representation, and unapologetic self-expression. They're not just an artist; they're a force to be reckoned with—a beacon of hope and inspiration for queer communities everywhere.

MINTY HYDRANGEA

Minty is Adelaide's new rising star. Starting performing in drag in February last year she has already climbed the ranks and become one of Adelaide premier performers. She’s performed over both Adelaide, in Marys, Cindi’s, nightcall and private events, as well as Melbourne now and has earned a residency at Marys Poppin bar by winning the next Drag Star competition. Minty has always been a kind and fun loving person and is welcoming to all, that’s why I believe she is worthy of Artist of the year, no one is as welcoming, loving and sweet as her while also being able to absolutely TURN up a stage and engage an audience.

ST JUST SISTERS

St Just Sisters embody a remarkable dedication to community engagement and inclusivity. As proud founding members of LGBTQIA+ Mid North SA, they serve as advocates for their regional community, amplifying diverse voices and fostering a sense of belonging. Taking charge of the LGBTQIA+ Mid North SA Facebook page, they extend their reach and support to digital platforms, ensuring visibility and connection for all. Their impact extends beyond the virtual world, as they orchestrate successful events like the Feast Country Pride Picnic & Feast and the Fabulous fundraising event in Burra. Through their tireless efforts, they've raised over $5000 for the Mid North community, all while creating an inclusive and caring space where everyone is welcomed and valued.

HUNGRY JACKIE

Hungry Jackie has been a dynamic force shaping South Australia's drag scene, infusing it with energy and creativity. From captivating performances at local venues like the Bridgeport Hotel to fostering inclusivity as a farm girl by day and queen by night, Jackie's impact resonates throughout the region. Her advocacy for mental well-being and freedom of expression adds depth to her performances, making her more than just an entertainer. She's a beacon of hope, creating safe spaces for self-expression and socialising. Hungry Jackie's dedication to her craft and her vision to expand the reach of drag beyond city limits make her a deserving candidate for recognition. Her work not only entertains but also educates and liberates, setting a new standard for cultural experiences in South Australia.

  Venue of the Year   

 

MY LOVER CINDI

My Lover Cindi is more than just a venue—they're a beacon of Queer Utopia nestled in the heart of Kaurna Yerta. With every event they host, they breathe life into the diverse tapestry of our queer community, catering to its myriad niches with boundless enthusiasm and inclusivity. But what truly sets them apart is their unwavering commitment to action. During pivotal cultural moments like Fringe and Feast, they kick into high gear, extending their hours and amplifying opportunities for Adelaide performers to shine. Their dedication to accessibility isn't just lip service—it's woven into the fabric of everything they do. And perhaps most impressively, they're always eager to listen, learn, and evolve. My Lover Cindi isn't just a venue; they're a catalyst for growth, transformation, and endless possibility in our community

DIVERSE-CITY

Diverse-City faced a sudden relocation in 2023. However, Sue and Sarah, the dynamic duo behind the venue, sprung into action, ensuring the community felt supported throughout the transition. Burning the midnight oil for two straight weeks, they hustled to open the new venue as swiftly as possible, minimising any sense of isolation among community members. Since then, they've introduced a slew of initiatives tailored to the LGBTQIA+ community's diverse needs. From "Transformations," a monthly gathering for the Trans community and allies, to end-of-life preparation workshops, they've left no stone unturned in fostering inclusivity and support. Their offerings also include monthly life drawing classes, crafternoons, women's dance classes, and social catch-ups for the Adelaide Leather and Fetish community. And that's not all—weekly social nights, coffee catch-ups, book clubs, movie days, performances, trivia nights, and other special events round out their packed schedule.

MARYS POPPIN

Nestled in the heart of our city, Marys Poppin stands as a vibrant hub of queer culture and camaraderie. Owned and operated by the LGBTQIA+ community, it transcends the typical notion of a nightlife hotspot, blossoming into a sanctuary where diversity thrives and acceptance is the golden rule. Here, friends gather for unforgettable moments and pure, unadulterated fun, creating cherished memories that last a lifetime. With inclusivity as its guiding principle, Marys Poppin proudly employs over 40 members of the queer community each week, transforming it into a dynamic platform of empowerment and possibility. It's not just a venue—it's a testament to the vibrancy and resilience of our community, a symbol of hope and belonging for all who enter its doors. Marys Poppin is more than a place; it's a celebration of love, unity, and the boundless spirit of queer pride.

HUMAN.KIND STUDIOS

For the past two years, Human.Kind Studios has been a vital safe space for the queer community, offering yoga practice and meaningful connections. Led by facilitator Ben Gardner, this initiative thrives on values of intersectionality, safety, and inclusive practices, with a keen focus on gender affirmation and amplifying lived experiences. Introducing queer community retreats and choirs has provided transformative moments of solace and belonging, while also promoting economic opportunities for local queer businesses and practitioners. By creating spaces beyond traditional nightlife, Human.Kind Studios actively fosters greater diversity and inclusivity within the community.

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