Speaking up in action

There are many ways you can help someone feel supported. Sharing your stories of support, friendship and inclusion speaks volumes. Thank you to everyone who has shared their stories so far.

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March 26, 2021

Adrian and Susan’s story

Adrian became aware of his sexuality when he was a teenager, but found it difficult to know how to start the conversation with his parents. “I think a lot of…
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February 12, 2021

Natalie and Colin’s story

Natalie came out as bisexual in year 11, and by her final year of school was an active member of Stand Out, her school’s LGBTIQA+ alliance group. But being 18,…
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February 12, 2021

Korra and Manuel’s story

When Korra was 13, she began transitioning to affirm her gender as female. “I transitioned around the first year of high school… and that was one of the worst years…
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February 12, 2021

Christina and Farah’s story

Throughout Christina’s life, they were aware their experience of gender didn’t sit within the strict binary of male or female. “Sometimes I feel I have both genders in me,” Christina…
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February 12, 2021

Roz and Jess’s story

Roz, a writer, editor and academic, doesn’t identify as strictly male or female. Roz believes the idea that there are only two genders doesn’t work for everyone. “Just like I’m…
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February 12, 2021

Merrin and Jax’s story

When her youngest child was 10 years old, Merrin was already having discussions about gender. “Jax would describe himself as gender not-sure,” she remembers. However, Merrin didn’t realise the seriousness…
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February 12, 2021

Jenny and Tracey’s story

Back in 2017, while the same-sex marriage debate raged across Australia, Jenny and her partner Tracey were pregnant with their first child. A marriage celebrant by trade, as well as…
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February 12, 2021

Ben and Mike’s story

Ben is 37 years old, and grew up in country Victoria. Ben is non-binary, which means they don’t identify as male or female. “I began to recognise that I didn’t…
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February 12, 2021

Andre and Ben’s story

As a young boy, André  grew up surrounded by prejudice towards LGBTIQ+ people. “I grew up in the Caribbean at a time where homophobia was very common. Unfortunately I used…

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