01/09/2023 | Writer: Kaos GL
KaosGL.org Editor-in-Chief and Kaos GL Media and Communication Coordinator Yıldız Tar was shortlisted in the international category of GALAS 2023.
With just over a month to go to this year’s highly anticipated GALAS Awards, the NXF and GCN are excited to announce the shortlist for each of the categories.
Returning after a three-year hiatus, this year’s ceremony will take place in Dublin’s famed Red Room at the Mansion House on Saturday, October 7.
As Ireland’s only LGBTQ+ awards programme, the GALAS acknowledge the effort made by individuals, organisations and companies who work towards a better future for queer people in Ireland.
This year, there are a total of 13 categories, from ‘Outstanding Company’ and ‘LGBTQ+ Ally’ to ‘Event of the Year’. Members of the public nominated their choices, which were subsequently reduced to a shortlist chosen by LGBTQ+ advocacy organisations.
KaosGL.org Editor-in-Chief and Kaos GL Media and Communication Coordinator Yıldız Tar was shortlisted in the international category of GALAS 2023. In addition to Yıldız Tar, John Mathenge Mukaburu from Kenya and Remy Bonny from Belgium are also on the shortlist.
Speaking at the shortlist announcement, Steve Jacques, NXF Board Director and Nominations Coordinator for the GALAS, said: “This year we had over 3,500 nominations from members of the public – our highest number yet.
“It’s a testament to the hard work, dedication and commitment of LGBTQ+ advocates, workplaces and individuals around Ireland in working to progress equality to see such a high number and calibre of nominations.”
He continued, “This year’s shortlist reflects the leadership and outstanding work of a number of people and organisations throughout Ireland who are working to support the LGBTQ+ in the face of rising threats, including rising anti-trans sentiment and far-right agitation.
“It is critical that Ireland as a society does not become complacent in our support and commitment to LGBTQ+ rights, and the GALAS is an opportunity to congratulate the hard work being done to champion equality.”
He concluded by saying, “We congratulate each of the shortlisted nominees and look forward to celebrating with them in October.”