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Honour Awards


The Honour Awards is an annual gala fundraising event for ACON and LGBTI charity Aurora which acknowledges outstanding service to or achievement within NSW’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community.

Now in their tenth year, the Honour Awards provide NSW’s LGBTI community with an important and unique 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.

The finalists for 2016 have been announced! 



Join the finalists, community leaders and celebrity guests and celebrate the dynamic spirit of our community at the inspirational awards ceremony and the fabulously fun cocktail party.

WHEN:      Thursday 29 September 2016, from 6:30pm

WHERE:    Ivy Ballroom, 330 George St, Sydney

COST:          Standard Ticket: $85
                        Member Ticket: $70 (available to Mardi Gras, SGLBA, Aurora and ACON members)

Guests will enjoy:

  • delicious canapés
  • quality wines, beers, juices and soft drinks
  • great entertainment
  • a silent auction featuring a superb range of fashion, beauty, dining and travel experiences, art and homewares, and technology.

Make your evening more fun by encouraging family members, friends, colleagues and business associates to come along and join in the celebrations.



Nominate Your Community Hero

Every day, people and organisations from right across our community are helping others in all kinds of ways, and the Honour Awards is about acknowledging all kinds of community service, whether big or small.

Honour your LGBTI community heroes by nominating them in one of the following eight (8) categories:

  • Business
  • Media
  • Arts and Entertainment
  • Visual Arts (Cayte Latta Memorial Award)
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Community Organisation
  • Young Achiever
  • Community Hero

Nominations are free and can be submitted on the Honour Awards website.  Nominations close at 5pm on Wednesday 31 August.

A judging panel selects four finalists in each category with the winner announced on the night of the awards.

Winners receive a range of gifts, and all 34 finalists – as well as the first person who nominates them – receive a free ticket to the gala event.

We look forward to receiving your nominations, and hope to see you on the night.



Charity Auction


Supporters of the LGBTI community are invited to donate products, services and unique experiences for the Honour Awards charity auction, which raises money ACON and Aurora.

Every year, ACON has to raise in excess of $1 million to finance many of its HIV support and LGBTI health-related services. Aurora is a charity which raises funds to disburse to gay, lesbian and transgender community organisations.

We would love to thank and recognise your support as soon as possible so please find out more how your business can be involved.



Community & Event Partners



This year we’ve teamed up with some leading organisations who want to help make the Honour Awards a very special celebration of community spirit and service. We thank all our partners for their generosity and support.

Community Partners

  • ACON
  • Aurora
  • Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
  • Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association
  • SX Magazine

Event Partners

  • Foxtel Arts
  • Glyde Health
  • Ivy/Merivale
  • Crowd Comms
  • Chase Gallery

Find Out More

For more information about the Honour Awards, please visit the Honour Awards website.


Thank You to our Auction Donors

Australian Turf Club
Beau Brummell Introductions
Cafe Sydney
Cameron Bishop Massage
Campbell Bannerman Fitness Training
Captain Cook Cruises
CBD Flowers
China Doll
Choice Magazine
christian scott photography
Christopher Hanlon
Claires Kitchen
Daly Male
Deep Field Photography
Designer Boys
Dowson Turco Lawyer
Dykes on Bikes
Fitness Playgound
Gordon Frost
Heaps Gay
Labyrinth Aquarium
Lilianfels Resort
Live Nation
Luxury Escapes
Marrickville Bowling Club
Max Black
My Little Cupcake
Naomi Hamilton Photography
Opera Australia
OUT NBC Universal
OZ Resort
Paul Blackmoore
Paul Freeman
Points Of Difference
Pullman Sydney Hyde Park
Quad Services
Red Raw
Skin & Teeth
Stranded Pearl
Stranger’s Dining at Parliament House
Tamarama SLSC
Taronga Zoo
Temple Hair & Beauty
The Aperture Club
The Boathouse
TLC Mobile Autocare
Trudie Ann Moore
Turtle Cove Gay Resort
Villa Pandanus

PrEP Community Forum and Discussion


We invite everyone to attend one of our PrEP community forum and discussions, to discuss the impact of PrEP on HIV prevention and accessing PrEP through the recently announced EPIC NSW Study.

PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis is an antiretroviral treatment taken by HIV negative people at high risk of HIV transmission to prevent HIV infection.

Please come along to this FREE event and find out the latest information on the EPIC NSW Study, Australia’s first large scale trial of PrEP.

The panel discussion will include a local HIV specialist, HIV educators and PrEP users. Light refreshments will be provided.

    When: Monday 5 September, 6pm for a 6:30pm start
    Where: Port Macquarie Library, 32 Grant Street, Port Macquarie
    By 2/9/16 – Click here
    For more information contact Samara on 02 4962 7700


    Wednesday September 14, 6pm for a 6:30pm start
    The Coast Hotel 2 Moonee St, Coffs Harbour
    By 12/9/16 – Click here
    For more information contact Anabelle on 0409 680 836


For more information about PrEP, visit the Ending HIV website here

LGBTI Inclusion Workshop – Griffith


How inclusive are your services? Are you able to offer a safe and inclusive environment to your lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) clients and staff?

We’re offering a special half day LGBTI inclusion workshop in Griffith for local service providers.

Presented by Teddy Cook from ACON, NSW’s leading HIV prevention and LGBTI health organisation.

Light refreshments provided.

To arrange an invoice, please contact Teddy on

When: Tuesday 11 October | 9:00am – 1:00pm
Cost: $50 per person
RSVP: | 0419 848 417

Adult Themes – Griffith


Do you live in or near Griffith and consider yourself lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex.

Interested in learning more about pleasure, sex and risk?

Adult Themes is a 3 hour, peer-facilitated workshop that covers sexual health, sexual ethics and everything about ACON.

When: Wednesday 12 October, 5:30pm – 8.30pm, light refreshments provided
Where: Location will be given upon registration

To find out more or to register, contact
Teddy Cook | | 02 9206 2114

LGBTI 55+ Shared Luncheon


ACON’s LOVE Project and Inner West Council invites you to a FREE social event for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people 55 plus to explore healthy ageing and wellbeing.

Hosted by the fabulous Aunty Mavis. Come and share a healthy lunch. Make some new friends and have fun. Health professionals will be demonstrating activities that promote healthy ageing.

Bookings / RSVPs essential, please RSVP HERE before 26 October 2016.

The event is hosted by ACON’s LOVE Project (Living Older Visibly and Engaged). The LOVE Project aims to empower LGBTI seniors to lead healthly, active and social lives. This project is funded by NSW Family and Community Services.


October Bingay


Join us for a night of birthday madness.

Celebrate Bingay’s 17th Birthday in style with our gorgeous hostess Charisma Belle and the vivacious barrel-babe Naomi Palmer.

When: Thursday 13 October, 7pm – 10pm
Where: The Shift, 85 Oxford St. Darlinghurst
Tickets: $20 All games, all night!
Bookings: Click here


November Bingay


Be there or be square!

Dust off your leg warmers, break out your acid-wash jeans, squeeze back into those muscle shirts and tease up your hair because we are turning back the clock for a night that will be totally radical!

Join our bangin’ hostess Charisma Belle and the gnarly barrel-babe Naomi Palmer as we flashback to a decade we’ll never forget!

Prizes for the most bitchin’ attire so rock on your 80’s threads and get into the groove!

Don’t miss out so bust a move and book your tickets today!


When: Thursday 10 November, 7pm – 10pm
Where: The Shift, 85 Oxford St. Darlinghurst
Tickets: $20 All games, all night!
Bookings: Click here


December Bingay


Join us for our annual over the top Christmas Bingay.


  • Extra special prizes
  • Heaps of party food
  • Special drag numbers
  • Decor galore
  • Mitzi’s egg nog recipe
  • Gift wrapping service

AND every winner receives a special Santa Bubble Gun!

When: Thursday 8 December, 7pm – 10pm
Where: The Shift, 85 Oxford St. Darlinghurst
Tickets: $30 All games, all night!
Bookings: Click here


About Bingay


Bingay is gay bingo which means there’s classic disco tunes, weird rules and penalties, outrageous antics, hilarious repartee, deliciously lewd bingo calls, and prizes that range from the silly and camp to great theatre tickets and restaurant vouchers.

Bingay hostess Charisma Belle oversees the madcap proceedings and Bingay’s long time barrel babe Naomi Palmer spins the balls and sings up a storm.

Bingay takes over the upstairs bar of The Shift in Darlinghurst on the second Thursday of every month, with each monthly event having a fabulously flamboyant theme.

Bingay’s balls first dropped in 1999, making it one of Sydney’s longest running LGBTI community events + it raises money for our HIV and LGBTI health services.

So whether you’re a regular or a novice, or a local or visitor to Sydney, if you’re up for a wonderfully camp mid-week entertainment experience, then you can’t go wrong with Bingay. Retro disco bingo in Darlo – what’s not to love!

Proudly sponsored by

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World AIDS Day & Red Ribbon Appeal


World AIDS Day (Dec 1) provides us with a valuable opportunity to educate people about how we can end HIV transmission in NSW by 2020 as well as raise money for programs and services that are vital to ending HIV.

Recent advances in HIV treatments and testing technologies mean we can now end the HIV epidemic here in Australia by getting people to test more, treat early and stay safe. The Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal raises money for community-based initiatives that aim to eliminate the transmission of HIV in NSW by 2020.

The Ending HIV Red Ribbon Street Appeal takes place across NSW on 30 November and 1 December (World AIDS Day).

Volunteer – You Can Help Make HIV History

Want to help make a difference that will last forever? By volunteering for the Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal, you can help eliminate HIV transmission in NSW.
We’re currently recruiting volunteers to help out with the annual Red Ribbon Street Appeal in the lead up to and on World AIDS Day (Dec 1).

Volunteers are needed in Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Lismore, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour to sell ribbons and collect donations at selected locations.

Sell Red Ribbons
You can volunteer to sell ribbons on the street, you can bulk order ribbons and sell them to family and friends, or you can order a countertop box and sell ribbons to your customers or colleagues.

Buy Red Ribbons or Make a Donation
You can buy red ribbons online, on the street, or in participating shops and businesses. Or you can make a cash donation online.