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2024 Deadlines & Calendar

Nominations: June 26 – July 7
Voting: July 15 — July 28
Top 5 Announced: August 5
Gay Appreciation Awards Gala: Saturday, August 24 (Oz)

2024 Gay Appreciation Awards

Honoring the BEST in the LGBT Community…

Gay Appreciation Awards thanks those in the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community who are often not recognized for the outstanding services and efforts they perform.

These individuals and businesses have made the LGBT Community into the viable, successful and powerful community it is today across the Gulf South.

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Nominations | June 26 — July 7

In order to be considered for a Gay Appreciation Award, you must first be formally proposed as a candidate for an award.  You are welcome to submit as many nominations as you wish.  You can be nominated for multiple awards.  You are welcome to nominate yourself—we won’t tell.  However, you only need to be nominated once per award in order to be added to the official voting ballot.  Note: The words candidate and nominee are used interchangeably.

Upon being nominated for an award, the candidate will be notified and asked if they would like to be considered for the award.

Voting | July 15 — 28

The nominees will then be added to the official ballot.  Everyone and anyone is permitted to vote.  When you go to vote, you will be presented with the list of each award and each nominee will be listed under the award(s) they were nominated for.  You will be permitted one vote per award.  While voting will be anonymous—and we will not publicly share who you voted for—in order to keep voting honest, you will be asked for your email address.  And if you are a nominee, you can vote for yourself or anyone of your choosing.  The “winner” of each award will be based upon receiving the most votes.

Voting will occur on our website and we recommend that you follow our facebook page, facebook event, and/or subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date.

Gay Appreciation Awards Gala | August 24 (Oz)

Upon completion of the voting period, we will announce the top 5 vote recipients from each category.  And the top vote recipient for each category will be announced live on stage at the Gay Appreciation Awards Gala.  To RSVP for the Gala, visit the facebook event.

Tickets to attend the Gala will be sold for $10 and VIP tables will be available for $100.  Please email for details on purchasing and reserving a VIP table. Purchase tickets here.

Finalists will be announced on August 5! Attend the Gala to learn who this year’s winners will be!

Annual Awards

  • Advocate of the Year
  • Artist of the Year
  • Bartender of the Year
  • Bitch of the Year
  • Buzzy Fanning AIDS Award * Person, not organization
  • DJ of the Year
  • Donnie Jay Performing Arts Award
  • Emcee / Host of the Year
  • Event of the Year
  • Fly Fashion Glamour Award
  • Gay Man of the Year
  • Gay Mardi Gras Ball of the Year
  • Hair Salon/Stylist of the Year
  • Kinkster of the Year
  • Leather Person of the Year
  • Lesbian of the Year
  • LGBTQ Business of the Year * bars/restaurants/hair salons ineligible
  • LGBTQ Nonprofit of the Year
  • Marcy Marcell Entertainer of the Year
  • Neighborhood Bar of the Year
  • Realtor of the Year
  • Restaurant / Deli of the Year
  • Show Club of the Year
  • Social Media Presence of the Year
  • Sports League Team Spirit Award
  • Sports MVP Award
  • Trans Person of the Year
  • Rip Naquin Writer / Reporter of the Year
  • Young Leadership Impact Award

*Ambush Magazine & The GAA Board of Directors present the Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor of the year.  While nominations will be accepted, voting will not occur for this award.