The Shortlist 2017


After a record number of nominations from the public, here is the final shortlist for the eighth annual GALAS awards. Shortlisting was completed by LGBT+ organisations across the country, while the winners on the night will be chosen by NXF.

Community Organisation of the Year (Paid staff):



The Outhouse

Wexford LGBT+ FDYS


Community Organisation of the Year (Voluntary staff)

Dublin Bears

Dublin Lesbian Line

Dublin Transgender Peer Support Group

LOOK (Loving Our Out Kids)

Volunteer of the Year

Sharon Nolan

Eddie McGuinness

Tomas Heneghan

Noeleen Cummins

Employer of the Year


Dublin City Council

Dublin Bus

Google Ireland

LGBT Student Award

Out in UL

GiG Soc (NUI Galway)


Siona Cahill, USI

Sports Award

Cameron Keighron

Cork Rebels FC

David Gough

Wet & Wild Sports Club

Online Award

Alexis’ Trans-ition

GMHS Sexual Health App Campaign

IndividualiTy Trans Visibility Campaign

Jamie & Chloe O’Herlihy

LGBT Ally of the Year

Cork City LGBT Inter-Agency Group

Gerard Raymond Roe, BeLonGTo

Michelle Cullen, Accenture

Richard Carson, ACET

Event of the Year

Belfast Pride

Dublin Pride

Cork Pride

GAZE 25th Film Festival

Journalist of the Year

Una Mullally

Jason Kennedy

Peter McGuire

Lyra McKee

Political Figure of the Year

Katherine Zappone TD

Joan Burton TD

Senator Fintan Warfield

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Arts & Literature Award

RIOT, Thisispopbaby

The Ref & Paradise, Acting Out

Kris Nelson, Dublin Fringe Festival

Toby Buckley, Demand Change

TV & Film Award

The 34th, Linda Cullen and Vanessa Gildea

Handsome Devil, John Butler

A Date for Mad Mary, Darren Thornton

Fair City

Noel Walsh HIV Activism Award

Ian Fahey

Robbie Lawlor


ACT UP Dublin

Entertainer of the Year

Graham J


Davina Devine

Markus Feehily

International Award

Sakris Kupila from Finland

Bouhdid Belhedi from Tunisia

Kaspars Zalitis from Latvia