The ACON Honour Awards acknowledges outstanding service to NSW’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community. Now in its 11th year, the Honour Awards provides an opportunity for LGBTI people to recognise excellence and celebrate achievements within our community, as well as the difference that particular community members and organisations make in the lives of LGBTI people in NSW.


This year Rainbow Families was nominated in the Community Organisation category. Also nominated were inspiring community groups. Trans Sydney Pride was recognised for providing support, advocacy and visibility for transgender people, and raising awareness on the key issues through events and activations.  The Flying Bats Women’s Soccer  was recognised for  over 30 years of providing a safe, supportive and social environment for thousands of women in Sydney through Football. And the Pride History Group for its ongoing commitment to document and record the diverse history of LGBTI Sydney for future generations.

We are thrilled to have been awarded the 2017 Honour Award for Community Organisation.  We are recognised for establishing NSW’s first peak advocacy group for children and families within the LGBTI community.


Committee members Vanessa Gonzalez, Bern Foley, Nick Stewart and previous committee member Diana Coffey accepted the award. Co Chair Vanessa Gonzalez in her acceptance speech recognised the value of love and family, “Whether it's a retired lesbian and her three cats, a brave couple living with an ageing parent, a group friends who after years of Mardi Gras parties still spend every Christmas together, or two dads and their baby girl. It's about love.”

Reflecting on the work of Rainbow Families, Vanessa Gonzalez said “  Last month as we were launching the  Love Makes a Family report in NSW Parliament House, some 22 future parents attended the Antenatal Class. Heavily pregnant lesbians, gay dads eagerly awaiting the birth of their baby, trans parents, and birth support people.  It captures what Rainbow Families does best; strongly advocating and providing a voice for rainbow parents, and also focusing on supporting and empowering our community.” In the speech she also acknowledged community partners, and the LGBTQI elders that faced fear in the face and forged a path for all of us.

We are immensely proud of this recognition.  We take this time to thank the committee, all the volunteers, our children and members of our community.

To read more about the event and winners here