The eighth annual GALAS, Ireland’s LGBT Awards, will take place in Dublin’s Mansion House on Saturday, October 21, 2017. The GALAS were set up by GCN and the National LGBT Federation (NXF) to honour lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender people and organisations for their contributions to Irish society.
The awards are also to honour politicians, employers and others who are committed to advancing equality and social acceptance for LGBT people in Ireland. This year at a glittering ceremony celebrating the year that Ireland achieved both same-sex marriage and gender recognition, there will be 18 very special GALAS awarded. The GALAS International Award, which gives a bursary of €2,000 to person fighting for LGBT rights in countries that seriously discriminate against LGBTs, will also be awarded once more.
Every year we ask the public to nominate people and organisations that they felt should be awarded for their contribution to Ireland’s LGBT community. Nominations for The GALAS 2017 will open in August.
Nominations for Person of the Year are not public, while three nominations for the International Award are made by sponsoring organisations, Frontline Defenders, Amnesty International and NXF.
The Irish Entertainer of the Year is voted for by the public.
After nominations close long-lists in the various categories are be sent for shortlisting by LGBT organisations across Ireland. Those organisations whittle nominations down to a list of four in each category and the winners of the 2017 GALAS will be chosen by the National LGBT Federation in advance of the big ceremony in Dublin on October 21, 2017.
The winner of the International Award is chosen by the Irish Council of Civil Liberties, with the National LGBT Federation. The winner of the Irish Artist/Entertainer of The Year will be picked by a public vote. The overall winners of each of the other 2017 awards will be chosen, as always, by the National LGBT Federation.