Community Partners: Toronto Leather Pride (Heart of the Flag Federation) | Pride Durham | Fife House | Ontario Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce | Northbound Leather | The Imperial Court of Toronto | Glad Day Bookshop | Toronto Trans Alliance
Inspiration is defined as...
An abstract concept or idea...it has spiritual connotations as well as practical connotations. It is some person, event, or thing that can inspire the mind, emotions, or the body to a higher level of feeling or activity.
Our definition of inspiration is...
A word that sums up the LGBTQ community and our friends and allies...a community that has worked and continues to work very hard to change the perceptions and prejudices of the world; a community that has brought beauty and art and creativity and literature and much more to the world around us.
Our LGBTQ community is filled with stories of inspiration, and of individuals, businesses and organizations that inspire all of us.
INSPIRE Award is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of facilitating the annual awards and inspiring the community. The original founders of the INSPIRE Awards vouched to "inspire the community and bring it together; we will celebrate our past and present heroes so we never forget the work it took and still takes to build a community, and the contributions many make for the betterment of our own community and the world around us at large, and we will encourage living an inspiring life by creating future programs to that effect".
Each year the INSPIRE Awards with the help of the LGBTQ community choose the following categories to honour:
The honourees of each category are chosen through community nominations and awarded by a judging panel formed of representatives of the Awards Board of Directors, Presenting and Community Partners, and members of the LGBTQ community. Celebrations take place at an annual summer event and the recipients and nominees of each year's titles will go on to march in the Toronto Pride parade.