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By Ciaran Warner
New Zealand’s most famous and well-loved comedy double act, the Topp Twins, will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming New Zealand LGBTI Awards in November this year.
The Awards, the first of their kind in New Zealand, were established to celebrate individuals, organisations and businesses that have contributed to the fight for equality and inclusion for the LGBTI community.
The Topp Twins, lesbian sisters Jools and Lynda Topp, have spent more than 30 years entertaining the country with their singing, acting and comedy, and were inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2010.
Some of their best-know work includes their multi-award-winning documentary film “Untouchable Girls”, and their comedy sketches featuring the twin’s portrayal of typical “Kiwi blokes” Ken and Ken.
However, they are also heavily involved in social activism, particularly championing Maori land rights, gay rights, and opposing nuclear power in New Zealand.
In June of this year, they were appointed Dames Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for their work in entertainment and activism.
Silke Bader, Director and MD of the LGBTI Awards, describes the Twins as national treasures
“They are harmonisers, literally – with their music, madcap, sharp and courageous humour they strike a chord with a huge range of New Zealanders,” says Silke.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is one of the most prestigious awards granted by the LGBTI Awards. A previous winner of the Award is author and activist Peter De Waal, in the Australian LGBTI Awards.
“The key aim of the Awards is to create LGBTI and ally role models, and to create a positive narrative around the work being done by them and many others to make New Zealand a safer, fairer place for all,” adds Silke.
To learn more about the New Zealand LGBTI Awards, visit their website.
Contact New Zealand LGBTI Awards:
Phone: +61 2 8097 0054
Phone: 0274 587 724