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The Dorothies are Tasmania’s premier award for LGBTIQ+ inclusivity.

The awards were named after the Rev Dorothy McRae-McMahon who grew up on Tasmania's west coast and went on to become a leading figure in the Uniting Church and one of Australia's most respected lesbians. The name also echoes the old term "Friend of Dorothy", used by gay people to refer to each other and taken from the Wizard of Oz.

Each year a theme or sector is nominated to be the focus of the awards.

The awards showcase best practice and inspire organisations and service deliverers to excel in providing a safe and inclusive environment for LGBTIQ+ Tasmanians.


The 2023 Dorothies theme is

‘Excellence in LGBTIQ+ Inclusion in Local Government’

Guidelines and nomination form coming soon



Working It Out held its annual International Day of Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) event in both Hobart and Burnie this year. 

IDAHOBIT is an annual reminder of the impact that discrimination, isolation and abuse still has on the lives of LGBTIQ+ people both locally and globally. 

Discrimination, isolation and abuse leads to much poorer health and wellbeing outcomes for LGBTIQ+ Tasmanians than the broader population, fewer people participating in sport and fewer people accessing necessary services. 

At the other end of the spectrum, the event also celebrated the work that is happening in our community to make this a better world for LGBTIQ+ Tasmanians via ‘the Dorothies’ Awards. 

The theme for this year’s awards was: Excellence in LGBTIQ+ Inclusivity in Sport 

The Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hon. Nic Street, spoke about the importance of inclusion and acceptance in encouraging all people to stay active and healthy. 

He congratulated the winners of this year’s awards for the work they were doing. 

As Minister for Local Government, Hon. Nic Street also announced the category of next year’s awards: ‘Excellence in LGBTIQ+ Inclusion in Local Government’.

Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) President, Australian Local Government Association of Australia Vice President and West Tamar Mayor Christina Holmdahl welcomed Working It Out’s announcement. 

“This is a wonderful opportunity to highlight work the local government sector is doing to increase diversity and inclusion in the community,” Mayor Holmdahl said. 

"Strong and effective councils reflect the diverse communities they serve. 

"That's why we must do all we can to encourage and empower people from diverse backgrounds, genders, and ages to stand for their community in the upcoming local government elections,” she said. 

QSA and Out tennis


2022Excellence in LGBTIQ+ Inclusivity in SportLGBTIQ+ Sporting Organisations: Hobart Out Tennis, Queer Sporting Alliance (Joint Winners)
Mainstream Organisations: Convict City Rollers (Winner) Arrogone Archers (Encouragement Award)
2021Inclusive practices in Educational institutionsTertiary: University of Tasmania Ally Network
College: Hellyer College
High School: Burnie High School and Kingston High School
Primary: Taroona High School
Encouragement Awards: UTAS Pride Society and Huonville High School PHE team
2019Inclusive practice in emergency services Tasmania Police
2018Inclusive practice in faith-based organisationsBaptcare Tasmania
2017Inclusive practice in mental health services WellWays Tasmania
2016Inclusive practice in Aged Care providersUniting AgeWell, Glenview Community Services
2015Inclusive practice in medical services and practicesSexual Health Services, Dr Geoffrey Bradshaw
2014Inclusive practice in school communitiesUlverstone Hight School, Gagebrook Primary School, Rose Bay High School and Don College
2013Inclusive practice in the workplace Women’s Health Centre (small); Glenview Community Services (large)