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Rebekah Robertson

Rebekah Robertson founded Transcend, Australia’s first parent led peer support network for the families of transgender children in 2012. She has been a champion for the rights of transgender and gender diverse children and was a leader in the fight for law reform around access to medical treatment for transgender adolescents in Australia. Rebekah is the proud mother of Georgie Stone whose case re:Jamie began the long journey to remove discrimination from medical access for trans teens. Rebekah remains committed to justice and equality for trans young people and LGBTIQ+ young people. She feels young people have a vital role in shaping our present and our future and everything should be done to help unleash their magnificent potential on the world. Rebekah is very proud to be a Wear It Purple Patron.

 
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Ro Allen

Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality

Ro Allen is an experienced and longstanding advocate for LGBTIQ Victorians and has held leadership positions in the community and government sectors. Ro has been a member of three Victorian Government LGBTI ministerial advisory groups and chaired the ministerial advisory committee on LGBTI Health and Wellbeing between 2007 and 2009.

As founding CEO of UnitingCare Cutting Edge, Ro established Victoria’s first rural support group for young LGBTI people, giving Ro a deep understanding of the issues faced in rural and regional areas.

Ro is a former Chair of the Adult, Community and Further Education Board, the Victorian Skills Commission, the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVIC), and former member of the Hume Regional Development Australia Committee.

Ro has been recognised for extensive community service: in 2003 Ro received a Centenary Medal and in 2009 was inducted into the Victorian Government Honour Roll for Women.

Recently Ro was recognised in the Top 50 Public Sector Women (Victoria) 2017 and won Hero of the Year in the 2017 Australian LGBTI Awards.

 
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Michelle Heyman

 
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Scott Lee

Scott is best known for his series regular role as Hunter in Channel 7’s ‘Home & Away’ and recently appeared in ABC’s Dairy of an Uber Driver. In 2014 Scott played the lead role in an independent feature film ‘Pulse’ a story about a gay disabled teenage boy discovering who he is. Scott’s recently theatre credits include Ensemble Theatre Co’s, A View from the Bridge and This is Our Youth.


 
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Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law writes books, TV screenplays, columns, essays and feature journalism.  He’s the author of the memoir The Family Law (2010), the travel book Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012)both nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards—the Quarterly Essay on Safe Schools, Moral Panic 101 (2017) and edited the anthology Growing Up Queer in Australia (2019). The Family Law was adapted into three seasons of an award-winning SBS TV series, which Benjamin created and co-wrote. Benjamin has also written for over 50 publications in Australia and beyond—including the MonthlyfrankieGood Weekend, the Guardian, the AustralianMonocle and the Australian Financial Review—and has a PhD in creative writing from QUT. He co-wrote the comedy book Shit Asian Mothers Say (2014) with his sister Michelle, and the sex/relationships advice book Law School (2017) with his mum Jenny. He was also a researcher and associate producer on Blackfella Films’ Deep Water: The Real Story (SBS) and a writer on Endemol Shine’s Sisters (Netflix/Ten). He’s now working on a play for the Melbourne Theatre Company and a two-part ABC feature documentary, Waltzing the Dragon (July 2019). Every week, Benjamin co-hosts ABC RN’s weekly national pop culture show Stop EverythingHe also co-hosts online startup and tech TV show That Startup Show, and you can catch him on TV shows like Q&A(ABC)The Drum (ABC), The Project (Ten) and Filthy Rich and Homeless (SBS). He’s a Queenslander based in Sydney.


Photograph by Daniel Francisco Robles.




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Zoe Terakes

Zoe Terakes made their stage debut in A View from the Bridge for The Old Fitz theatre for which they received Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in an Independent Production, and as joint winner, the Best Newcomer Award. Zoe also received the Don Reid Memorial award at the GLUGS for this performance. Other theatre credits include A View from the Bridge and A Doll’s House Part II for MTC, and Metamorphoses and The Wolves for The Old Fitz. Zoe is a current Helpmann Award nominee for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play for MTC’s production of A View from The Bridge. Zoe made their screen debut in the critically acclaimed Janet King for the ABC opposite Marta Dusseldorp, and will next be seen on Foxtel series The End. Most recently, Zoe co-starred in the feature film Ellie & Abbie (and Ellie’s Dead Aunt), short film The Craft, which premiered at FlickerFest and the forthcoming web-series Bondi Slayer.



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Nevo Zisin

Nevo is a Jewish, queer, non-binary writer, activist and public speaker with a particular focus on issues surrounding gender, sex, culture and sexuality.  Based in Naarm / Birraranga / Melbourne, they run workshops in schools and workplaces around trans issues. They are also the author of award-winning Finding Nevo, a memoir on gender transition and a contributor toKindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories. 


Photograph by Jacinta Oaten.




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Lynne McGranger

 
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Jordan Raskopoulos

Jordan Raskopoulos is a Sydney based comedian, singer and influencer best known for her work as the lead singer of The Axis of Awesome, her TEDx talk on high functioning anxiety and for making the suggestion that Australia Day should be moved to the eighth of May because May 8 sounds like Mate.

She’s a star jammer for Sydney Roller Derby League and spends a lot of her spare time roller skating and playing Warhammer 40,000Jordan is also an accomplished writer, journalist and events host. With stories published in numerous anthologies and work published by The Guardian and Junkee Media. She has also contributed copy, voices and characters to many high profile advertising and promotional campaigns. Jordan is an Australian National Theatresports champion and sometimes goes on television programs and panel shows like Good News Week, QandA, Whovians and Thank God You’re Here.  Jordan’s also had some acting success, most notably playing Trax in Underground: The Julian Assange Story, which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival to critical acclaim. Jordan got her start as one of the creators of Australian Network Ten’s 2005-6 sketch comedy program The Ronnie Johns Good Times Campfire Jamboree Half Hour Show Now On Television (The Ronnie Johns Half Hour). The show was nominated for two Logie awards, including “most outstanding comedy series” and was a cult comedy hit in Australia and internationally. Jordan is a transgender woman and an outspoken advocate for LGBTQIA+ and mental health causes. She is an ambassador to Twenty10, a social services organisation for LGBTQIA+ youth.



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Charmaine Bingwa

Charmaine Bingwa is a Zimbabwean / Australian actor. In 2018, Bingwa made history becoming the first openly gay, person of colour to be awarded the Heath Ledger Scholarship in its 10 year duration. So was also awarded the 2018 Equity Atlantic Award and received a Sydney Theatre Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2017. She starred in Nekrotronic (2018) alongside Monica Bellucci and starred, wrote, produced & directed the series Little Sista, winner of Best Screenplay at the LGBT Toronto Film Festival and finalist in Web Series Festival Global, Hollywood and included for official selection in Out Web Fest LA, Web Series Festival Global, Sicily Web Fest, Roma Cinema DOC, New Jersey Web Fest, ITVFest, Tuscany Web Fest, Miami Web Fest and Melbourne Web Fest.





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Tom Ballard

Tom Ballard is an award-winning stand up comedian and broadcaster. He's hosted the triple j breakfast show, won an ARIA and a Helpmann Award, fronted his own nightly satirical ABC TV programme Tonightly with Tom Ballard and performed stand up all over the world to critical acclaim.

 
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Georgie Stone

Georgie Stone is one of the most visible transgender individuals in Australia. 

In 2011 she was the youngest person to receive puberty blockers in Australia, and in 2013 a landmark ruling in her case re: Jamie meant that no other child had to go to court to access puberty blockers. Since then, Georgie has dedicated her time to advocating for trans and gender diverse young people. 

Her advocacy work has driven progress in health and medical services, access to safe schooling environments and legal reform. Georgie's presence in the media through her appearances on Four Corners and Australian Story has brought much-needed awareness to the issues facing trans and gender diverse young people today. In August 2019 she will make her acting debut in Neighbours, playing the first trans character in the show's 34-year history. 

Georgie was named the 2018 Victorian Young Australian of the Year, in 2017 she won the Young People’s Human Rights Medal, and in 2019 she was awarded Hero of the Year at the LGBTI Awards. She is also the recipient of numerous other awards including GLOBE Person of the Year, Making a Difference Award (Anti-Defamation Commission), the Young Voltaire Award (Liberty Victoria) and the Create Change Award (Channel 7). She is proud to be an Ambassador for Wear It Purple. 


 
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Liv Hewson

Liv Hewson is a non binary actor from Canberra, Australia. You can see them in stuff like Santa Clarita Diet, Homecoming Queens, Top of the Lake, Before I Fall, and a bunch of other things. They currently live and work mostly in the States.





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Harry Cook

Harry is an award winning actor, writer and LGBTQI+ activist.

Some highlights of his career so far include starring opposite Academy Award winner Geena Davis as her on-screen son in acclaimed film Accidents Happen, starring alongside Peter Phelps and Ben Oxenbould as Archie Cox in cult thriller Caught Inside, working alongside Sam Neil and Bryan Brown in ABC TV Series Old School, and recently winning the Best Supporting Actor award at the prestigious FilmOut San Diego Film Festival for his role in feature film Drown.

Harry will also appear in the upcoming 2019 TV Series Diary of an Uber Driver on ABC.

His theatre work includes playing Banquo in Macbeth, the lead role of Tom in the Australian premiere of Mark Ravenhill’s groundbreaking play Citizenship at Studio 1 at The Wharf in Sydney which was directed by Lee Lewis, Mark Cohen in Sydney’s limited season of the Broadway smash hit RENT, and Duncan Brookes in Russetts at the International Playwright Festival in Cambridge, England.

Harry also was part of the Playlist 2018 & 2019 readings directed by Kate Gaul.

His writing work includes contributions to The Huffington Post, The Big Smoke and The Guardian and his debut memoir, Pink Ink, was released by Finch/Harper Collins in September 2018 to rave reviews.

His young adult fiction novel: Fin & Rye & Fireflies is due for release in Spring 2020 worldwide as the first LGBTQI+ themed novel from Black and White Publishing’s YA imprint Ink Road.


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Darren Palmer


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Clementine Ford

Clementine Ford is a feminist writer from Naarm (Melbourne). She is the author of the bestselling books 'Fight Like A Girl' and 'Boys Will Be Boys'. She lives in a cosy flat with her small human and his teddy bear.

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Patrick Abboud

Patrick Abboud is a multi-award winning TV presenter, journalist and documentary maker. He is the founder of SBS VICELAND’s The Feed. His documentary Breaking Point: Bullying’s Deadly Toll is described as “Must Watch TV” (The Guardian), “a documentary every Australian needs to see” (news.com.au). Patrick has also written, directed and presented content for the world’s largest LGBTQI live event broadcast, The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras for the past 6 years and hosted the program on SBS television. He won the 2018 Kennedy Award for outstanding nightly TV current affairs reporting. In 2017 he was awarded a special commendation from Amnesty International for best long form television and Cosmopolitan magazine named him one of the most 50 influential LGBTQI voices.

Patrick’s work has been nominated for a Walkley and multiple United Nations Media Awards.

In 2016 he won the LGBTQI Broadcaster of the Year Award. As an Ambassador for Twenty10, through community outreach, Patrick works to support homeless or at-risk young people.

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Anthony Brandon Wong

Anthony Brandon Wong is an award-winning actor who has played a wide range of roles in numerous films and more than 40 hit television programs in the US, Canada, Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Africa. He is best known to international audiences for his role as 'Ghost', the Zen Buddhist assassin in "The Matrix Reloaded", "The Matrix Revolutions", and as the lead character (alongside Jada Pinkett Smith) in the "Enter the Matrix" video game. For 3 seasons, Wong played the principal role of Danny Law in the SBS/Matchbox Pictures comedy series "The Family Law".

In 2019, Wong can be seen in the supporting role of drag queen Virginia Woof in the Australian movie "Sequin in a Blue Room", which made its world premiere at Sydney Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. Wong played Patrick McDermott, the real-life Korean-American cameraman who disappeared in 2005, in the mini-series "Olivia: Hopelessly Devoted to You" opposite his acting student, Australian singer/actress Delta Goodrem, who portrayed Olivia Newton-John.

Wong's many other screen credits include Flight of the Pheonix, Haywire, Glee, NCIS, Hemingway & Gellhorn, Guns, Girls & Gambling, Hawaii Five-0, The Unit, Samurai Girl, Mask of the Ninja, Newton's Law, Pulse, The Letdown, Blue Murder: Killer Cop, First Day, Winter and All Saints. His stage work includes more than 30 productions with companies such as Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Victorian Arts Centre and Playbox Theatre Company. He is a twice winner of the Equity Ensemble Award for Most Outstanding Performance by a Comedy Ensemble for The Family Law, and a winner of the Victorian Green Room Best Actor Award, for his role in Sex Diary of an Infidel.