Tonight is the third annual Homo Hero Awards. Once something's been going three years it's definitely Annual.
my genuine surprise and some delight I was shortlisted in the category Homo Hero:
Role Model. The delight was all about what being shortlisted involved
finding out people had said about me without being prompted; a lot of
activist work you put out there into the world and never really see or
hear what people made of it beyond the grumbles.
Role Model is a three cornered
contest between - so far as I can gather from their online profiles - a
cis gay guy, a cis lesbian, and me. So I'll be flying the flag for the
second half of the acronym, and even without differential voting, it's odds-on that the hero will be a
homo. Moreso given one of the other shortlistees is from sporting
circles, which I think involves a big block-vote kind of momentum.
time I was on a Homo Hero shortlist - 2011 - there was a flurry of bis
on shortlists, with Natalya Dell, Marcus Morgan and BCN magazine also in
the running for other categories. We all came away empty-handed but it
made for a fun evening and a good excuse to all be together in one
place. This time I'm the only bi shortlistee, but some lovely people
I know will be along either as my guests or as representatives from other LGBT community groups, so I'm looking forward to a happy night out for the
awards, probably followed by a slap-up meal in Chinatown. And perhaps a chorus of "Losing Deposits" on the way from one to the other...