We’re ridiculously stoked that Maeve has been nominated for an Honour Award in the Arts & Entertainment category, alongside DJ Dan Murphy, John Frost and Women Say Something. The Honour Awards acknowledge outstanding service to or achievement within NSW’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community, providing NSW’s LGBTI community with an opportunity to recognise and celebrate excellence and achievement within our community as well as the difference that particular individuals and organisations make in our lives.
Ok, I’m going to write in the first person now or this will get silly…
As a member of said community (aka a BigLez™), my inclusion in an event which focuses in on what makes us unique and worthy of honour is humbling and incredibly flattering. To be honest, at first I felt a bit uncomfortable, as I still consider myself an ’emerging’ artist (a title I’ll probably have to ditch after Lady Sings it Better’s fifth birthday party next month). But, scanning the list of nominees, I was delighted to see that I wasn’t the only emerging talent included. Without fanfare, the Honour Awards recognise lifetimes of achievement alongside those of us at the start of our careers, or mid-career. They support potential alongside success, which unfortunately rarely happens in these kind of events. So, instead of awkwardly mumbling something about how my nomination could be called an ‘encouragement award’, I am going to proudly flounce my way to The Ivy on September 17 to celebrate with the other nominees (and you if you book a ticket). I doubt I’ll win in such illustrious company, but it really is an Honour to be nominated.
The Honour Awards fundraise for ACON and Aurora, two outstanding LGBTQI charities, so please consider coming along to the ceremony. Book tickets here.
As an aside, my Aunt, Jane Marsden,was the first woman to win an Honour Award, in 2007. Here she is looking dashing with former ACON President Adrian Lovney and Tanya Plibersek: