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SAVE THE DATE 8/2/2020



In 2019 the NXF celebrated 40 years of activism in Ireland and these awards will be an opportunity for us to come together as a community to not only celebrate this incredible milestone but also, more importantly, to acknowledge the contribution of others to our community.


The GALAS was established, by the NXF, in 2009 and since then has gone on to recognise over 116 individuals, companies & organisations for their outstanding work and contribution.  We took a break in 2018 focusing our attention on GCN and celebrating their 30 years which is an amazing milestone.  


 In 2020 we want to acknowledge the contribution of individuals, companies and organisations and their work in 2019 to make Ireland (and the world) a better place for our LGBT+ community. 



Community Organisation of the Year – paid staff

This award recognises an outstanding LGBT+ organisation, with paid staff, who have actively contributed to improving the lives of LGBT+ people in Ireland.  This community organisation will have shown considerable leadership & innovation in how they meet the needs of the LGBT+ community.

Proudly sponsored by LinkedIn. 


Community Organisation of the Year – volunteer staff

This award recognises an outstanding LGBT+ organisation, run & delivered by volunteers, who have actively contributed to improving the lives of LGBT+ people in Ireland.  This community organisation will have shown considerable leadership & innovation in how they meet the needs of the LGBT+ community.

Proudly sponsored by Dublin Bus.


Volunteer of the Year

This award goes to an individual for their voluntary efforts on behalf of Ireland’s LGBT+ community.  For the most part, the LGBT+ community of Ireland runs on a very special fuel: the efforts of hundreds of volunteers working for organisations around the country. This award honours those LGBT+ individuals who unselfishly give of their time and energy for the greater good. It is not open to organisations.

Proudly sponsored by TENI.   


Event of the Year

This award recognises the importance of events for the life of the LGBT+ community.  The event of the year must have actively promoted LGBT+ inclusion and provided a strong platform for LGBT+ visibility.

Proudly sponsored by Conway Communications.


LGBT+ Young Trailblazer

This award is given to a young person (between the ages of 18 - 25 years) who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting the full inclusion of LGBT+ people in their community, school, academic institution, workplace or in society, at large.  This young person will be considered a trailblazer because they have encouraged and supported other young people to be proud of who they are and how they can contribute to society.

Proudly sponsored by Fostering First Ireland.


LGBT+ Digital Change Maker

This award goes to an LGBT+ blogger, social media pundit, influencer, LGBT+ website or online campaign, which must be Ireland-based.  The award recognises the role that they have played in promoting awareness or influence or change for the LGBT+ community.

Proudly sponsored by Facebook.


Sports Award

This award goes to a sports group or sporting individual in Ireland’s LGBT+ community who has demonstrated leadership in the role that LGBT+ people have in sport or has created inclusive environments for LGBT+ people in sport. 


Arts & Entertainment (award recipient by public vote)

This award recognises an outstanding LGBT+ individual or group working in the fields of arts or entertainment (this can be an author, playwright, artist, musician, actor, director, producer or anyone or group working in the fields of arts, drama, music, theatre, literature, television or film in Ireland who has created strong & accurate portrayals of LGBT+ people and their lives.

Proudly sponsored by Google.  


Noel Walsh HIV Activism

In memory of GCN’s much-missed HIV editor, Noel Walsh, this award goes to an outstanding individual or organisation working in the Irish HIV and AIDS sector.



GALAS LGBT+ Champion Awards 

LGBT+ Ally

This award recognises an ally (individual or organisation) of the LGBT+ community who has actively supported and made a difference, in exceptional ways, for the community in 2019.

Proudly sponsored by Dublin LGBTQ Pride. 


Outstanding Company

This award recognises the contribution that the business community and companies have in promoting the equal treatment and full inclusion of LGBT+ people in both the workplace and in society.  This company will demonstrate its outstanding support by having inclusive workplace culture as well as be visible in the LGBT+ community, as a champion, through its support of LGBT+ community organisations.

Proudly sponsored by Irish Life. 


LGBT+ Role Model

The Award is to recognise an LGBT+ individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and has contributed to making a difference for other LGBT+ people in the community and/or in a professional, academic or workplace setting.  This individual is recognised for showing that LGBT+ people can be proud of who they are and inspires others to be authentic.

Proudly sponsored by Tesco.


LGBT+ Employee Resource Group

This award is to recognise the important role that Employee Resource Groups (ERG) or Employee LGBT+ networks have in the workplace.  This award is given to an ERG who has mobilised and contributed to considerable change for LGBT+ employees in their respective workplace.

Proudly sponsored by BeLonG To.  


LGBT+ Public Figure (Award recipient by public vote)

The Award recognises an LGBT+ person who has a ‘public life’ either through the media, in politics, in journalism or in a faith community.  This individual will have demonstrated exceptional leadership in promoting the inclusion and equality of LGBT+ people.  Their work on this is visible and recognised by others.

Proudly sponsored by Vodafone.  


International Activist


This award recognises the contribution of an international LGBT+ activist, from outside of Ireland, who works tirelessly to promote the full equality and inclusion of LGBT+ people in society.  This award is not subject to a public nomination process.  Individuals are nominated by Amnesty International, Frontline Defenders & the National LGBT Federation.


Person of the Year


The Person of the Year Award recognises an LGBT+ individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the LGBT+ community in the last 12 months.  Their contribution will have improved the lives of LGBT+ people and they will have been recognised by the community for this.

Proudly sponsored by HIV Ireland.


Lifetime Achievement


This award recognises the outstanding lifelong contribution of an individual to the LGBT+ community in Ireland.  This individual will have been active in working for the equal treatment and full inclusion of LGBT+ people in Irish society.  This individual will be known within the community as a trailblazer & someone who made a difference.  This award is not subject to the public nomination process but is selected through community consultation and decided by the board of the National LGBT Federation.

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Buy Tickets

The ninth annual GALAS, Ireland’s LGBT+ Awards, will take place in Dublin, Saturday, February 8th in the Round Room, Mansion House.

We have a range of tickets to suit every budget. Prices start at €35 plus booking fee. 

Previous recipients

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Previous recipients


When do the 2019/20 nominations close?

At 5pm on Sunday 8th December 2019.


Who can vote?

Voting is only open to residents and citizens of the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom.  The GALAS LGBT+ Awards recognise the contribution of individuals, groups, organisations and companies from within the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.


How does the nomination process work?

The public nominates in each category.  A long-list is formed from all nominations.  At the end of the nominations process the long-lists for each category will be distributed to LGBT+ organisations throughout Ireland.  These organisations will select 4x nominees from the long-list who will make it to the short-list.  Shortlisted nominees are selected using the reasons provided in the nominating process and judged against a clear selection criterion provided by the National LGBT Federation. 


Is there a public vote for the recipients?

Recipients in all categories except Arts/Entertainment, Public Figure & International Activist are chosen by the board of the National LGBT Federation. The recipient of the Arts/Entertainment Award and the Public Figure Award will be chosen by a public vote.


Is food served at the event?

Canapés will be served along with a drink’s reception from 7 to 9pm. (There is no sit-down meal).


Is there a bar at the event?

Yes, there is full bar service before the ceremony kicks off, but table service only during the event, to cut down on noise. Last orders at 1.30am.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, it is important to bring your ticket(s). Even a screengrab of your ticket on your phone will be great. We do find that the Eventbrite app is good but people sometimes delay in accessing it at the ticket area.


How long is the award ceremony?

Drinks and canapes- 7-8pm, Awards 8pm- 10pm.


Is there an after-party?

Yes, there will be a Mother DJ in the same venue, with a full bar until 1.30am.


Is there a dress code? Is this a formal black-tie event?

It's not strictly a black-tie event, but dress to impress!


I have made it to the shortlist. Do I get a complimentary ticket?

Yes, you are entitled to a complimentary ticket. You will be emailed with the promo code that you can use on the seat map. Unfortunately, we cannot provide a complimentary ticket for your guest(s).


I've bought a ticket already, but now I'm on the shortlist/ my group is on the shortlist. Can I get a refund?

Thanks for buying early! Yes, you can get a refund – please email the organisers and we will sort it out.


I can't seem to buy more tickets when I use my promo code?

Correct. You have to log-in once and use your code for a complimentary ticket, then login in a second time to buy additional tickets at the table you have chosen.


What's the best way to get seats all together at the same table?

Do not fill in the number of tickets you need with the pull-down tabs on the ticketing site. Instead, click on GET SEATS - this will bring you straight into the seat map and you can pick your seats.


I picked four seats but my receipt says that they are not together. How do I correct this?

See previous question. If you pick seats from the pull-down tabs and then go to GET SEATS button, you will be brought to the seat map. On the right-hand side will be the number of seats out bought and where they are seated. If you don't like them just press the trash button beside each ticket and then pick your seats on the map. They will come up on the right-hand side of the page after you pick each seat. Then continue to checkout.


I want to get a table of 10 but they are greyed out or unavailable?

These tables are either booked out already or reserved. If the reservation is cancelled these tables will be released.


What is the closing date for ticket sales?  

When all the seats are sold, we will close off sales. Seats have been put on sale till the day of the event itself, but normally are sold out a week before the event.


Can I buy tickets at the door?

Sorry, no.

Will there be gender-neutral bathrooms?

Yes, all bathrooms will be marked gender-neutral. 


Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email with any queries

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