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Tuesday, 16 Nov at 4:00 pm

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We welcome all members and allies of the LGBTIQ+ community to this special event where a diverse panel of individuals with ties to the Trans community share their experiences and stories. Speakers include a Trans writer and radio maker; a Trans carpenter; a Trans peer educator; a First Nations Trans woman; and a sibling of a Trans woman.

Key speakers:

Sam Elkin (He/Him) is a writer and radio maker living in the western suburbs of Naarm. In 2020 Sam was a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter Fellow and his essays have been published in the Griffith Review, Kill Your Darlings and Overland. Sam has produced the podcasts Transgender Warriors, Queer View Mirror. Sam is a cofounder of the Spilling the T Collective Writers’ group, and he is currently working on a debut memoir.

Nate Duivenvoorden (He/Him) Nate Duivenvoorden was born female but underwent surgery in early 2000s. The Melbourne carpenter said the decision to transition was ‘the hardest’. The openly gay rugby player is playing a gay rugby tournament in Sydney. He is the only transgender man who played in the World Pride Cup.

Monique – (She /Her) Business Owner and Trans Peer Educator Thorne Harbour Health co-facilitator for NOVUS Trans Women’s Space. Monique has worked across many industries through her life and the age of 60 decided to affirm her gender identity. She is currently running a business in the outer south eastern suburbs and enjoys spending her spare time on her getaway island down Gippsland Way. Monique will share her journey in coming out to her family and workspaces. She will also share some of the discrimination that she has faced.

Jodie (She/Her) Indigenous student. Jodie Sn is a proud First Nation Trans woman who wants to make a change in the community about the perceptions surrounding why we need gender diverse inclusivity in work spaces. Jodie will talk about her experiences of work places and how she has begun the journey to disrupt hetero-normative practices.

Kate Moore– Master of Social Work Student – Ally – It is the experiences of her sister who identifies as Transgender that prompted Kate to look at social work as a career path. When presenting to hospital for mental distress , her sister was misnamed and misgendered. Kate is passionate about improving service provision and raising awareness for transgender and gender diverse individuals.