Dharma is an 18-year-old Pansexual Aboriginal woman from Pitjantjatjara/Yunkantjatjara land. She lives in her small community, Indulkana, and is training to be the first Aboriginal store manager on the APY Lands. She is also the youngest person ever to be on her community’s board of directors. She wanted to be involved in this project because helping out disadvantaged youth and LGBTQ+ people is one of her passions, whether they be connected with each other or not. Growing up as a First Nations person as well as being LGBTQ+ she has experienced discrimination from both perspectives; being able to help advise a process to help our LGBTQ+ youth is a once in a lifetime opportunity that she’s extremely grateful for.
“The future is the youths, let's strive to make it a welcoming and loving place for all.”
Jye is a proud young Darumbal man. He has just begun his second year of studying a bachelor of Secondary Education, with a major in Drama and a minor in English. He is interested in this advisory group because of the affect it could have on his future students as well as other young people within the LGBTIQ Indigenous community of Australia. Jye feels that this advisory group is long overdue and is a proud, enthusiastic and passionate member of this group and who strives for the greatest impact he can have on his community possible.
“It is often expressed that, “children are our future” however, I haven’t seen a lot of work to support this statement but I know this group has the potential to be a clear and profound representation of that idea through its ability to support a great number of children.”
Katrina (Kate) Daglas
Kate is a 22-year-old Pansexual Gunditjmara woman. She was born in Geelong on Wathaurong Country and now lives in Melbourne on Wurundjeri Country, but has lived all over Victoria, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and Sociology at Deakin University. Kate aspires to work in child psychology.
“My decision to engage with this project was based on the increasing demand for culturally safe LGBTQ+ resources and research. It is crucial that we take action and generate resources and networks, not only for LGBTQ+ mob but for healthcare workers nationwide, to ensure safe spaces for those at the intersection.”
Braedyn is the 2018-19 President of the Union of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students, the peak representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander undergraduate students. He is a descendant of the Kamillaroi and Kunya peoples and is completing his Bachelors of Laws/Arts at ANU on Ngunnawal/Ngambri Country. He identifies as a Gay man.
“Coming to terms with my sexuality was hard, not only because of the negative comments I received in high school from my peers, but also because of my Aboriginality. I wasn’t sure whether or not they were could coexist in one person – I certainly never grew up with any LGBTIQ Indigenous people around me.”