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This Awards Night "Celebrates" The Offensive Things Said About LGBT People

Fighting ignorance, tongue firmly in cheek.

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NSW premier Mike Baird, prominent feminist Germaine Greer, and former Australian Rules player Sam Newman were among the people "honoured" for their comments about the LGBT community at the annual GLORIAs on Tuesday.

GLORIAs 2015

The GLORIAs – the name stands for "Gay & Lesbian Outrageous, Ridiculous and Ignorant comment Awards" – is an annual event organised by NSW legislative council member Penny Sharpe.

The public are free to nominate people, groups, and media outlets for things they have said about the LGBT community over the past year. Online voting then determines the winner of each category.

The evening was MC'd by journalist David Marr and attended by several NSW state MPs from across the political spectrum.

Germaine Greer was awarded the Golden GLORIA for her various comments about transgender women.

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Most recently, Greer said she doesn't believe transgender women are women, saying medical procedures do not change someone's gender.

She also suggested that Caitlyn Jenner transitioned for attention.

"It seems to me that what was going on there, is that he, she, wanted the limelight that the other female members of the family are enjoying, and has conquered it just like that," she told the BBC.

Premier Mike Baird took out the politics category for suggesting there should be "parameters" around tolerance in the wake of the Gayby Baby controversy.

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The "religion" category went to Nick and Sarah Jensen, a Canberra couple who promised to get divorced if same-sex marriage wer legalised.

Former Aussie Rules player Sam Newman took out the sports category for labelling a kiss between gay NFL player Michael Sam and his boyfriend as an "annoying gratuitous act".

In the international category, infamous Kentucky county court clerk Kim Davis took out the gong, for her ongoing refusal to issue same-sex couples with marriage licences.

Lane Sainty is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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