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 12th 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.

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 now closed. Thanks you to everyone who participated.

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.

Celebrate Our Community

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 3 October, from 6pm

WHERE: Ivy Ballroom, 330 George St, Sydney

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

EARLY BIRD: Purchase your ticket by 31 August and go in the draw to win a Affinity Diamond ring valued at $5000 (Terms and Conditions apply)

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.



Supporing Our Communiy

Supporters of the LGBTI 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 LGBTI 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.



With Halloween creepy-crawling just around the corner, we’re throwing a horror-themed party at Bingay this October! It’s going to be a fright night!

Spooky Bingay will take its cue from pop culture’s scariest icons and moments as we serve up an evening full of thrills, spills and chills. Expect plenty of gay ghouls and devilish divas and, of course, a few screaming queens in the mix. Come as your favourite horror movie character – there are prizes for best dressed.

Our divine hosts Charisma Belle and Naomi Palmer will be channelling all that is grim, grisly and gruesome as they deliver their trademark naughty calls, cheeky banter and hilarious stories. And our fabulous Bingay volunteers will be on hand to make sure you’re having a hair-raising time. There are loads of prizes to be won including movie tickets, DVDs, gift vouchers and many more!

Now in its 18th big year, Bingay is a much-loved Gay Sydney institution that raises funds for ACON, NSW’s leading LGBTI health organisation. All funds raised go to programs and services that support the health and wellbeing of LGBTI people and people living with HIV in NSW.

Join us, have fun and help out a great cause – all at the same time.

When: Thursday 11 October, 7pm – 10pm
Where: Upstairs Beresford | 354 Bourke St, Surry Hills 2010
Tickets: $20 all games, all night with 100% of proceeds to ACON

RSVP 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 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 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!

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LOVElines: Share some creative and social time with our older LGBTIQ communities

ACON’ s LOVE Project invites you to share some creative and social time with our older LGBTIQ communities 

Ever wanted to sketch that perfect portrait or discover some creative skills you never knew you had? Ready to make new friends? Now’s your chance!

Release your inner creativity at LOVElines, a fortnightly drawing group unlike any other! Hosted by the award winning artist Guy James Whitworth, special guest models and imaginative activities will help you break through those creative blocks and social barriers.

The LOVE Project supports the health and wellbeing of older LGBTIQ people and for the first time is bringing together LGBTIQ people of all ages, gender identities, backgrounds and cultures for a fun, social, activities-based gathering. LOVElines will be a safe, respectful space where acceptance, compassion, creativity and intergenerational conversations will be thoroughly encouraged.

All materials will be supplied or bring your own if preferred.

All skills levels welcome. Don’t be shy!

Entry by donation.

Location: ACON Café 414 Elizabeth Street Surry Hills

Time: 9.30 am to 12.00 pm every other Saturday morning:


  • 6 Oct
  • 20 Oct
  • 3 Nov
  • 17 Nov (field trip to be confirmed)
  • 3 Dec
  • 15 Dec

To register your interest, please contact Russ


t: 02 9206 2017

#TalkTouchTest Photographer-in-Residence Promotion

ACON is looking to commission an experienced event and studio photographer, or consortia of photographers, to take on a short term commission as Photographer in Residence for our #TalkTouchTest project.

As our photographer in residence, your will be responsible for creating images – with ACON being assigned full copyright for all images – that capture Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) people engaging positively with a range of events and health promotion activities focused around ACON’s #TalkTouchTest Campaign (breast screening project).

More information here.

Applications are open until COB Monday, 3 September.

Download an application form here.

‘McKellen: Playing The Part’ – FUSE Magazine Fundraiser for ACON

FUSE Magazine is proud to present a special movie screening of McKellen: Playing the Part and raise funds for ACON. 

Discover the life story of Sir Ian McKellen, as told by the man himself in this feature-length documentary. The legend shares his personal stories and thoughts — from his childhood to present day — as well as a wealth of never-before-seen material. Private photo albums, diaries written when he was 12, and behind-the-scenes footage from theatre productions and movies complete this intimate and intriguing journey. Theatre actor, film star, political activist, inspirational teacher – McKellen: Playing the Part is a captivating portrait of an icon.

WHAT: ‘McKellen: Playing The Part’ FUSE Magazine Fundraiser for ACON

WHEN: Monday 24 September 6.30pm

WHERE: Dendy Newtown



Rainbow Buzz: LGBTI Inclusive Practice Training

ACON, with the support of Central & Eastern Sydney PHN, is providing free and essential one day training, for workers who support clients experiencing issues with alcohol and/or other drugs (AOD).

Strengthen your understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and communities to deliver more inclusive, informed and appropriate care.

Refreshments will be included.

Locations: Registration will commence as dates and venues are confirmed.

Click below for specific training locations, dates and times.



LGBTI Awareness Training

Strengthen your understanding of LGBTI people and communities to deliver more inclusive, informed and appropriate care. Session includes activities, open discussion and take home resources.

Broken Hill – LGBTI Awareness Training – Regional

When: Wednesday 5th September, 09:30am – 1:30pm

Where: Headspace, 231 Blende St, Broken Hill

Cost: $55.00 per person



Deniliquin – LGBTI Awareness Training – Regional

When: Thursday, 27 September, 09:30am – 1:30pm

Where: Intereach Neighbourhood Centre, Napier St Deniliquin

Cost: $55.00 per person



Canterbury Bankstown – LGBTI Awareness Training – Greater Sydney

When: Wednesday, 24 October, 09:30am – 2.00pm

Where: Campsie Library & Knowledge Centre, 14-28 Amy St, Campsie NSW 2194

Cost: Free


Trans and Gender Diverse Community Consultations

ACON is developing a Trans and Gender Diverse (TGD) Community Health Strategy and we want to hear from you!

Alongside our online consultation survey, we are facilitating a number of meetings to bring TGD communities together, including Sistergirls and Brotherboys, and friends, families, health services and allies to discuss and identify the key priorities for improving the health and wellbeing of TGD communities.

Discussions from these meetings will inform the development of ACON’s first Trans and Gender Diverse Community Health Strategy. The final strategy will include how ACON will strengthen the inclusion of TGD people within our programs and services, as well as actions required across the NSW health, community and legal systems of which ACON will work with others to advocate for.

You are invited to please register and attend an upcoming TGD Community Health Strategy Consultation Meeting.

Date and Time: Tuesday 16 October 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Venue: Charlestown Bowling Club (Ferris Room), 5 Lincoln St, Charlestown

Surry Hills
Date and Time: Thursday 18 October 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Venue: ACON, 414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills (level 3)

Date and Time: Thursday 25 October 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Venue: Little Prince, Globe Ln, Wollongong

Date and Time: Thursday 25 October 6pm – 8pm
Venue: Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre, 16 Carrington St, Lismore

Date and Time: Tuesday 30 October 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Venue: Street University, 1 Speed St, Liverpool

Wagga Wagga
Date and Time: Wednesday 7 November 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Venue: Romano’s Hotel (Ambassador Room) – 81 Fitzmaurice St, Wagga Wagga

To RSVP, please click here.

If you wish to register over the phone, or if you have any other local questions, please contact:

  • Wez Saunders – ACON Newcastle – 02 4962 7700
  • Edda Lampis – ACON Lismore – 02 6622 1555
  • John Casey – ACON South Coast – 0437 651 752
  • Tyson Arapali – ACON South West – 0417 915 719
  • Brent Mackie – ACON Sydney – 02 9206 2041

If you have any questions about the strategy or consultation process, please contact us at