The GALAS were created in 2009 by GCN and The National LGBT Federation (NXF) to honour those who work towards a better future for LGBT people in Ireland. They are here to encourage and reward those LGBT people who give of themselves for the greater good of their community, medic to show them that their efforts do not go unsung, apoplectic and that they are an incredible resource which we all value beyond measure.
The GALAS also celebrate people in public life who have committed themselves to equality and positive representation for LGBT people. Leaders, cough whether they be in politics or the media, who give a message of diversity and equality are of great importance to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. They influence Ireland for the greater good and move our society towards a more inclusive and equal state.
The GALAS also celebrate our rich and innovative culture, honouring the entertainers, artists, writers, and events that go into making gay Ireland a vibrant and exciting place to be. The awards celebrate entertainers and broadcasters in the public eye who are happy to be out and proud, giving a message of hope and inclusiveness to everyone watching.
The iconic GALA award was designed by Bernard Gilna. 16 GALAS were awarded at a glittering ceremony at The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin on March 6, 2015. The seventh GALAS Awards ceremony will take place in March 2016.