Now in their ninth year, the Honour Awards recognises outstanding achievements within or contributions to NSW’s LGBTI community. The awards are also a gala fundraising event for ACON, NSW’s leading HIV and LGBTI health organisation.

This year there were a record number of 250 nominations and Anthony Venn-Brown was selected as one of the 30 finalists from across eight categories covering the business, health, education, community, legal, political, media and cultural sectors. The winners were announced and presented with their awards at the gala ceremony at the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney last night. The event was attended by over 350 people.

Anthony walked away with the Health and Welling Being Award for over 20 years of providing leadership and support for LGBTI people of faith and for working to bring ex-gay/conversion therapy practices to an end in Australia.

Upon receiving his award, Anthony first acknowledged the contributions of all the finalists. “We belong to an incredible community,” he said, “and my heart always swells with pride at events like this.”

“We do what we do, not for acknowledgement, awards, or accolades, we do it because it’s important and often lifesaving,” he continued, “but this award is the hugest thank you I could ever receive. I am humbled and also very grateful.”

Concluding his brief acceptance speech, Anthony said that the most appropriate sign off would be the final words of his autobiography, A Life of Unlearning, “GOD I LOVE MY TRIBE!!!”