Hundreds of LGBTI community leaders, celebrities and organisations attended the second annual Australian LGBTI Awards in Sydney.
Dubbed the “Gay Oscars”, the Australian LGBTI Awards were held in Sydney on Friday.
They were a chance to recognise the contributions and commitment of individuals and businesses to the LGBTI community in Australia.
More than 1000 people were nominated by the public across 16 different categories.
Magda Szubanski won the LGBTI Celebrity Award, Joel Creasey won the Presenter Award and Bindi Irwin won the Ally Award.
Other winners included: pioneer activist Peter De Waal, who took home the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award; Orange Is the New Black won the Award for Film, TV and Web Series; the Marketing Campaign Award went to Airbnb; and SBS took out the Brand Award.
"A huge congratulations to all of our fantastic award winners tonight," said Australian LGBTI Awards Director, Silke Bader.
"These past months, it's been amazing to finally start to see some traction towards equality, opportunity and fair treatment for all. Such great strides would be impossible without their tireless contributions."
Australian Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham was one of many openly gay Australian athletes at the event.
Speaking to SBS on the red carpet, Mitcham said the awards are an important way to acknowledge the variety of people who have contributed to the community in different ways.
"Whether it be corporate - and what they've done within their organisations to make it a more LGBTI friendly workplace, or celebrities who have really done a lot to bring the LGBTI movement forwards, it's a really great way to acknowledge people who've done really great things."
Prominent advocate for same-sex marriage and sister of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Christine Forster also attended alongside her new wife Virginia Flitcroft.
"There are so many people that contribute so much all year round, Mardi Gras is just the icing on the cake where we get to celebrate and have a party," Ms Forster said.
"It's really important that people are recognised for the hard work that they do and the contribution that they make. Awards nights like these are a great, public way to do that."
Transgender comedian Jordan Raskopoulos told SBS the awards night is another example of how far Australia has come in recent decades.
"I think it's great to take stock of all the work that everybody is doing and the support that has come out for LGBTQIA+ people, and it's wonderful to see how much the world has changed in the last 40 years."
Public Award Winners
International Celebrity: Conchita Wurst
Ally: Bindi Irwin
Film, TV & Web series: Orange Is the New Black
Presenter: Joel Creasey
Community Initiative/Charity: Sydney Swans
Hero: Kerryn Phelps
LGBTI Celebrity: Magda Szubanski
Marketing Campaign: Airbnb
Music Artist: Beccy Cole
Sports Personality: Casey Dellacqua
Politician: Alex Greenwich
Corporate Award Winners
Diversity Champion: Ross Wetherbee – CBA
LGBTI Employee Network Group: Australia Post – Post Pride
Inspirational Role Model: Alan Joyce – Qantas
Lifetime Achievement Award: Peter De Waal