Artwork by Dylan Mooney.
Artwork by Dylan Mooney. Image: Dylan Mooney
© Dylan Mooney

Recommended ages: 18+

The Australian Museum's WorldPride celebrations continue with this evening of celebration of the diversity of First Nations peoples.

Performances and conversation by special guests acknowledge the many achievements and contributions to equality and visibility by First Nations gay, lesbian, bisexual, Sistergirls, Brotherboys, queer and non-binary individuals. This discussion offers alternative perspectives on identity and gender from speakers in our First Nations and Pasifika community advocating for greater inclusivity and visibility.

Taking place in our Theatre and First Nations Galleries, this conversation will celebrate the ground that's been made as well as spotlight the work still to be done.



Speakers

Rachael is a proud Walpiri Woman (she/her) from Lajamanu, currently living on Gadigal land in Sydney. She is a journalist, curator and presenter who is passionate about sharing First Nations stories.

Her work can be found across Black media, from the national Indigenous newspaper Koori Mail to NITV. She is a director on the board for the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma in the Asia Pacific, and Common Ground.


Tommy (he/they) is a Samoan (Toamua) Australian Fa'afafine artist, living on Gadigal Country. Tommy works across screen, theatre and live performance, and has trained with NIDA, The Atlantic Theatre Company (NYC) and The Hub Studio.

Tommy is an important voice within the Pasifika and Queer communities and their work often looks at these intersections.


Estelle (she/her) is a proud Yorta-Yorta trans woman born and raised in Boorloo but currently living on Gadigal land, and is joining our panel to speak on behalf of BlaQ Aboriginal Corporation.

BlaQ is an organisation that advocates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQ+ community toward a future where all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, sistergirls, brotherboys, queer and non-binary individuals are valued and safe in all aspects of society.


Kai Clancy (he/him) is a Wakka Wakka Murri Brotherboy from Queensland. Currently living in Sydney, Kai is a youth worker, inclusivity advocate and model.

He’s currently involved in powerlifting and Sydney’s ballroom community. As a man of transgender experience, having transitioned at the age of 18, Kai has lived all of his adult life as male. At home, Kai is dad to two small dogs and a loving husband!


Nova Gina (aka Dallas Webster) is a Dunghutti (Kempsey) born Indigenous Queen with ties to the Barkendji (Wilcannia) and Nyampa (Lake Cargelligo) kinship. From the Alice Spring Pride Carnivale, Koori Gras at Carriageworks and Melbourne’s Town Hall for ‘All The Queens Men’, Nova Gina has been gracing stages since 2014, spreading a message of hope and acceptance.

Nova was part of the first ever all Indigenous Drag Competition held in Darwin, where Nova received the coveted title of ‘Miss Congeniality’.



Presented in partnership with Pride Amplified, part of the Sydney WorldPride festival.



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