Meet past and present members of the Advisory Committee who have generously guided the project through their collective expertise from LGBTQ+ community sector work, health research, social media research, Indigenous Studies research, disability advocacy, policy advisory roles, lived experience, and various roles in health promotion, education, and peer support.
Alison Guo is a doctoral student at Western Sydney University. Her PhD thesis focuses on experiences of Chinese parents who have a gay or lesbian adult child. She is particularly interested in promoting rights and voices of LGBTQ+ people with Chinese or broad Asian ethnic background, which is relatively silenced in the world at this stage. Alison is on Twitter.
Andrew Farrell is a Wodi Wodi descendant from Jerrinja Aboriginal community on the South Coast of NSW. Andrew is an Indigenous early career academic fellow in the department of Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University. Their research is multidisciplinary with a focus on Aboriginal LGBTIQ+ genders and sexualities, social media, and drag performance, and they are currently undertaking a PhD project titled ‘Aboriginal LGBTIQ+ peoples online’.
Brady Robards is a researcher at Monash University studying digital culture with a focus on how people use and produce social media. Brady has studied social media use among particular groups, including young people, LGBTIQ+ people, tourists, and in the context of alcohol consumption. For more, visit Brady’s website or contact Brady on Twitter.
Cristyn Davies is a Research Fellow in the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney Children’s Hospital Westmead Clinical School, NSW; an adjunct academic to Sexualities and Genders Research (SaGR), School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University; and board director at Twenty10 Inc GLCS NSW. Her areas of expertise include gender and sexuality diversity (specialising in children and young people), and LGBT health, discrimination and violence. Cristyn is on Twitter.
Emery Wishart is a peer worker and advocate in the West Australian LGBTI+ and mental health sectors. He’s passionate about empowering lived experience voices and recognising the value of peer support. Emery recently worked as a lived experience researcher conducting an evaluation on Australia’s first suicide peer support groups, and has volunteered with TransFolk of WA for three years, supporting trans and gender diverse people throughout the state
Félix Delhomme is a human rights advocate and has over 10 years’ experience in policy and research roles in the community sector. He has worked on a broad range of social and public health policy areas, including HIV responses and LGBTQ+ health. Félix grew up in France and now lives on Gadigal land, in Sydney.
Kochava Lilit (zey/zir or they/them) is a Jewish queer disabled activist and committee member at Ygender, a trans-led youth-led collective that provides peer support, events, and online resources for trans young people. Zey runs workshops on disability rights and accessibility, queer/trans inclusive practices, and culture and racial justice. Find zir at activistbookshelf or on Twitter.
Lisa McDaid is a social scientist at The University of Queensland, researching how to improve health and wellbeing. Her research centres on enabling strengths and protective factors of communities, with a particular focus on LGBTIQ+ young people.
Luke Noverraz was born and currently lives in Meanjin and is an undergraduate student at Australian Catholic University. With a passion for theatre and education, he hopes to normalise queer perspectives within theatre and schools.
Marlene Khouzam is an undergraduate student and disability advocate at Macquarie University. Her work focuses on empowering minority groups, including disabled and chronically ill students, students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and LGBTQI+ people.
Melissa Kang is a clinician working with marginalised young people in western Sydney, and a researcher / academic at UTS. Her research focuses on young people and sexual health as well as access to health care and health system navigation for young people. Melissa is on Twitter.
Mitch Hibbens is a Wiradjuri person from southern NSW. Mitch’s work spans a wide range of areas from Public Health to Indigenous Higher education. His current work centres on Indigenous economic sovereignty. He is also involved in advocacy with Queer Blak communities in regional areas & Indigenous rights more generally.
Sab D’Souza was a digital artist and researcher living and working on unceded Gadigal land. Their work is concerned with emergent practices of digital intimacy, feeling(s) online, and affective encounters mediated through social media. They were particularly interested in the safety, care and identity formation practices developed by young queer people of colour online. They significantly contributed to this study and we miss them dearly.