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The 2012 Inspire Awards

Photo gallery of awards honouring queer leadership at Casa Loma

Queer Idol 2011 winner Amy Lewis performed. Credit: Andrea Houston

The 2012 Inspire Awards were handed out on June 16 at a party at Casa Loma.

Hosted by the Pink Pages, the awards honour “leadership in the LGBTQ community.”

“Congratulations, and as well, congratulations to everyone who was nominated. You all inspire our community and make us a better one with all your hard work, love and dedication,” said president and founder Antoine Elhashem. “Keep up the great work for many years to come.”

The winners:

LGBTQ Person of the Year — Trans and sex worker activist Monica Forrester

LGBTQ Youth of the Year — Jacques St Pierre, the Etobicoke School of the Arts student who contacted Lady Gaga about an anti-bullying rally at his school

LGBTQ Positive Business of the Year — Northbound Leather

Inspiring Community Organization of the Year — Heterosexuals for Same Sex Equality

See Xtra’s photo gallery here.