Designed to propel forward equality for LGBTQI New Zealanders, the Awards are set to celebrate another glamorous night in February 2020.

Now in its 2nd year, the highly successful Awards Program will launch with its public nomination process in early July.

Silke Bader, the sole director and producer of the New Zealand LGBTQI Awards, is proud to have established an event that highlights the achievements made by community members from across the country in categories such as; celebrity, organisation or brand, diversity champion, hero, community initiative, sports personality, inspirational role model, lifetime achievement award, CEO, allies and media presenters.

 “We’ve got so many people in the community and on a corporate level, out there doing great things. It’s important to acknowledge them and by doing so, to create new role models for the ones who are on their journey of coming out,” says Silke Bader. “There is still the shocking fact that LGBTQI youth suicide rate is 4 times higher than of their heterosexual peers. We can help by creating role models for a new generation.”

To incorporate the awards into mainstream media is also a major goal. Bader says, “We’re getting the public involved in nomination and voting using social media. But our celebrities and influencers use their massive platforms to support this initiative beyond our traditional LGBTI communication portals.”

Public voting closes in September with a lavish ceremony planned during  2020 Auckland Pride in February.