For two weeks in May/June 2017, I was lucky enough to be invited on The Equality Roadshow as a community member, travelling all across regional, and rural Victoria. For those of you that don't know, the regional roadshow was a project run by Victoria State Government and The Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality, Ro Allen where we travelled to regional and rural towns (the ento discuss issues for LGBTI people in the local communities. (You can read more about the LBGTI Roadshow by clicking here)
I have to say that this was an amazing experience to be on the road for two weeks with such an amazing team of hard working and dedicated people. My involvement was to visit the Hume, North-East including, Violet Town, Benalla, Wangaratta and Wodonga and down to Barwon-South West, Wangaratta, Portland, Hamilton and Colac.
The two weeks were jammed packed full of community consultations, planning and community dinners. I was lucky enough to share my journey of intersectionality (a concept often used in critical theories to describe the ways in which oppressive institutions (racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, classism, etc.) are interconnected and cannot be examined separately from one another.) and growing up gay in a regional town
It was truly an amazing experience and I am forever grateful to of had the opportunity to be involved. A BIG thanks to Commissioner Ro Allen, Rowena, Daniel, David and the rest of the Equality Branch for the opportunity to be involved.