• Peta Friend photo credit ann-marie calilhanna- trans stories @ carriageworks_216

    Peta Friend

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    Xander Ferguson

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    Ryan Gibbon

  • Frances Doolan

    Frances Doolan

  • AshleyKerlin

    Ashley Kerlin

  • Simia


  • Nevo Zisin photo credit ann-marie calilhanna- trans stories @ carriageworks_277
  • Bear Baxter

    Bear Baxter


My Trans Story

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse

At a time when the trans experience is becoming more visible, we still rarely see stories by trans and gender diverse people on our screens, in theatres, a bookshelf or in popular culture and when we do, they’re all about coming out and surgery or discrimination and hate crimes.

We’re here to tell you there’s plenty more to the trans narrative. Each trans experience is diverse and wonderful. Yes, we can be linked by feelings of gender dysphoria, name changes and surgeries but our stories are unique and more than our gender; they’re human stories full of love and laughter, curiosity and explorations, triumphs and hope.

My Trans Story
was a sell-out success at the 2018 and 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival. This Brisbane event features, Peta Friend, Nevo Zisin, Frances Doolan, Ashley Kerin, Xander Ferguson, Shaun D’souza, Simia Seiker and Bear Baxter.

The “gender whisperers” the Prime Minister warned you about.

Grab your ticket and hear them roar.


On nights like this, seeing people on stage and speaking power to their truth, we can definitely see change.

Liz Duck-Chong

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Ashley Kerlin
Ashley is an astronomer, space geekphotographer, environmental scientist, writer, political wonk and father. She’s late to the party, but now in full bloom. Reinventing herself, from the ground up, and embracing the gentler side of life.

Bear Baxter
Bear is a Melbourne based queer-non-binary-femme-tomboy-dreamboat who was sent to earth to make it gayer and more romantic. They are a playwright, multi-disciplined performer, poet, composer and cowboy, creating and sharing stories on the land of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples. They made their theatre debut for Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2017 with their one-babe-show Share My Blankets, and, revamped as a cabaret, brought it to MELT in 2018 under the name Aly Lorén. Their latest project, stage name and regular life name is a voyage into trans-ing up blues and slow jam tunes through original and adapted music and comedy. They have a focus on and passion for helping create space for trans and gender diverse people within the music and theatre worlds.

Frances Doolan
Frances has sailed boats since age 5 and cruised and raced a variety of yachts. She has completed almost twenty Brisbane to Gladstone yacht races and currently races a classic timber race design built in 1962.  In her early years she worked in the medical sector with a focus on palliative care bereavement and mental health but in her mid-forties suffered a head injury which forced her to step down from her medical practice. Over the following years she was forced to face distressing thoughts around her gender and began running as a way to cope.  In 2018 she began her social and medical transition and is now newly partnered, has adopted twgorgeous rescue dogs, continues her passion of sailing and runs less, as she have less to run from

Nevo Zisin 
Nevo is a Jewish, queer, non-binary writer, activist and public speaker based in NaarmBirraranga / Melbourne. With a particular focus on issues surrounding gender, sex, culture and sexuality, they run workshops in schools and workplaces around trans issues. They are also the author of award-winning Finding Nevo, a memoir on gender transition and a contributor to Kindred:12 Queer #LoveOzYA stories.

Peta Friend 
Peta is a proud trans woman, small business owner and community leader. In 2015 Peta founded and is now the President of Trans Pride Australia (TPA), Australia’s largest trans and gender diverse (TGD) social and support network that advocates for all TGD people to live their best possible life. She originated Trans Stories for TPA and Sydney Mardi Gras in 2016 before passing it to FEM where it became My Trans Story.  Peta has shared her story, delivered key note addresses and sat on panels at many events. In 2018 she was an Honour Award Community Hero finalist

Shaun D'souza
Shaun is a trans migrant and youth worker advocating against LGBTIQ+ youth homelessness in Brisbane. As an artist, Shaun uses spoken word, fashion, music and dance to explore the elements of activism, collective healing and decolonisation. They were awarded the Non-Binary Person of the Year award in 2018 for their role as an activist in Brisbane by Many Genders One Voice and going ahead, Shaun vows to continue to up-roaringly bring people of colour and non-binary folk into the mainstream.  

Simia Seiker
Simia is a singer/songwriter and musician based in Brisbane Australia.  She writes and performs songs that have a focus on uplifting themes meaningful lyrics and danceable grooves. She performs regularly solo, playing piano & guitar and with her band Simia’s Sircus.  She loves hitting the road whenever she has the opportunity. Her ambition is to be either touring or recording constantly and is dedicated to performing tight, compelling and joyous shows and recording fresh, vibrant and unique albums. She has recently released her first single featuring the songs Different & Disappear and is soon to release video clips for both songs.

Xander Ferguson
Xander is a local independent artist and proud nerd and has been in transition since he was 15. Between creating art/music and LGBTQI+ community involvement, Xander can be found as the tallest goblin in his LARP group. 


About the Venue

Common Questions

How do I get to Brisbane Powerhouse?
See our Getting Here page.

Is parking available?
There is limited free-of-charge, all-day, on-site car parking at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you are travelling by car, please arrive early to secure a park. Additional free parking is available in New Farm Park accessible via our link road, which is opened after 5pm on performance days.

What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 60 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

See more common questions and learn everything you need to know about your visit to Brisbane Powerhouse on our FAQ page.

Get the most out of your visit

See an exhibition
See the world for free with awe-inspiring visual art from just about everywhere. Make sure you don’t miss anything – explore all of the foyers on the main and bottom floors. See what's on.

Explore New Farm Park
Brisbane Powerhouse is located next to the beautiful New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s most popular and much loved recreational facilities. Pack a picnic, smell the roses in the garden, play a game of tennis, let the kids loose in the playground, enjoy a coffee, or just sit back and take in the sunshine.

Brisbane Powerhouse recommends The JohnsonTryp Hotel, and The Fantauzzo.