I have been a socialist activist for nearly two decades and for most of that time I have lived in the Darebin area.
I am most known for my role as convenor of Equal Love, which formed the activist wing of the marriage equality campaign. I played a central role in turning the marriage equality campaign from being a modest one focused on lobbying, to a campaign that consistently got thousands to every rally from 2009 onward. In 2017, the year of the plebiscite on marriage equality, we mobilised tens of thousands on the streets in the largest LGBTI rights protests in Australian history. This determined and collective fight eventually led to victory, with a majority of Australian’s voting YES in the marriage equality plebiscite.
Since then I have co-founded a new group, Rainbow Rebellion, with Safe Schools founder, Roz Ward. Rainbow Rebellion, which brings together many equality activists, was formed to protest against the Religious Discrimination Bill and other issues that impact adversely on LGBTIQ people.
As a part of my role at Drummond Street Services, I have initiated and organised a number of community development projects including free annual outdoor community breakfasts for hundreds of LGBTIQA+ people and their allies on Christmas morning. These breakfasts are for those who often don’t have families or homes to spend Christmas.