Ashley is an astronomer, space geek, photographer, 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 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 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 two gorgeous rescue dogs, continues her passion of sailing and runs less, as she have less to run from.
Nevo is a Jewish, queer, non-binary writer, activist and public speaker based in Naarm/ Birraranga / 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 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 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 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 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.