Honour Awards 2019

The Honour Awards is an annual gala fundraising event for ACON which acknowledges outstanding service to or achievement within NSW’s LGBTIQ community.

Now in their 13th year, the Honour Awards provide NSW’s LGBTIQ 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.

Honour Our Community Heroes

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.

The Honour Awards categories are:

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

Nominations are now open so shine a light on someone in our community whose efforts you think need to be acknowledged and celebrated!

Nominations close on Wednesday 14 August 2019.

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 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.


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: Wednesday 2 October, from 6pm

WHERE: Ivy Ballroom, 330 George St, Sydney

COST: $90 (Standard); $75 (Mardi Gras, SGLBA and ACON members); $150 Community  Champion/VIP

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.


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

Every year, ACON has to raise in excess of $1 million to finance many of its HIV support and LGBTQ health-related services.

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


Imagining HIV in 2030

Please join us for a panel discussion on the future of HIV in NSW, moderated by Benjamin Law.

In 2018, NSW recorded the lowest rate of new HIV notifications since the mid 1980’s. This milestone invites us to reflect on our successes, examine what needs to change and cast our eyes to the future.

You will get to hear from a panel of experts, decision makers and community members who have been at the forefront of the NSW HIV response. Come and be part of a conversation about our future, how we can end HIV transmissions, improve the health of people living with HIV, and make sure no one gets left behind.

Date: Tuesday 20 August 2019 5pm – 6.30pm
Location: Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst New South Wales 2010
For more information contact:

RSVP here

When Worlds Collide

A Free Social Event for Gay International Students in Sydney.

  • For gay international students and friends
  • Make new friends
  • Talk about living and dating in Sydney
  • Learn about services for gay men

Date & Time: Friday 30 August, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Location: Rydges Sydney Central, 28 Albion Street, Surry Hills

Dress Code: Casual

Registration: Click Here

For more information, please contact us at or (02) 9206 2080.

Afternoon Delight 2019

Afternoon Delight is a movie matinee and relaxed social afternoon for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex seniors and their friends. Enjoy the feature film McKellen, Playing the Part, and selection of short films followed by a delicious afternoon tea, networking and access to local health information.

Entry fee $5 per person, pay at the door. RSVP essential.


Location Session Address Point of Contact
Sydney Sun 14 Jul, 2pm-5pm Events Cinemas,505-525 George St Russ: 02 9206 2017 /
Newcastle Sun 28 Jul, 2pm-5pm Events Cinemas, Westfield Kotara Rooftop Cnr Northcott Dr & Park Ave. Jodi: 02 4962 7700 /
Sawtell Sat 3 Aug, 2pm-5pm Majestic Cinema, First Avenue Anabell: 0409 680 836 /
Wagga Wagga Sat 10 Aug, 12.30pm-4pm Wagga Wagga Art Gallery Morrow St & Baylis St Tyson: 0417 915 719 /
Lismore Sat 17 Aug, 2pm-5pm Birch Carroll & Coyle, Cnr Keen St & Zodac St Sioux: 02 6622 1555 /
Katoomba Sun 25 Aug, 2pm-5pm The Baroque Room Carrington Hotel, 15-47 Katoomba St Tyson: 0417 915 719 /



We’re turning up the heat this September with Fifty Shade of Bingay! For this edition, expect plenty of sexy songs, naughty giveaways and sassy costumes. We’re celebrating Sydney Fetish Week, so come and join in the fun.

Our effervescent hosts Charisma Belle and Naomi Palmer will seduce and enthral with their trademark wit, naughty stories and hilarious banter. Nothing is off-limits – it’s going to be a cheeky ride. And of course, our much-loved ACON volunteers will be on hand to cater to your every whim.

We have loads of goodies to give away, ranging from hair vouchers, DVDs, theatre tickets and naughty toys. Come in your sassy best – as always, there are prizes for best dressed.

Now in its 20th year, Bingay is a much-loved Gay Sydney institution. Dropping balls since 1999, Bingay raises much-needed funds for ACON, NSW’s leading HIV and sexuality and gender diverse health organisation. All funds raised from Bingay goes directly back into supporting the LGBTQ community through ACON’s programs and services.

Thank you for supporting us – see you at Fifty Shades of Bingay.

DATE: Thursday 12 September
TIME: 7pm-10pm
LOCATION: The Beresford (Upstairs), 354 Bourke St, Surry Hills
TICKETS: $20 all games, all night with 100% of proceeds supporting ACON




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 Beresford 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 LGBTQ community events + it raises money for our HIV and LGBTQ 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.

For more information and bookings, visit the Bingay website here