I’m Alistair! I am a 23 year old Wiradjuri queer nonbinary person. I am currently completing my honours year in queer literature at the University of Canberra. I am a pinnacle scholar with the Pinnacle Foundation. I also work as an artist by commission, I have worked with local ACT organisations and collectives such as Aids Action Counsel, DEiFY, and the YWCA. I also am currently working with A Gender Agenda as Membership and Events Engagement Coordinator, I also am a trainer with A Gender Agenda and engage with local organisations, schools, and businesses to provide 101 transgender, gender diverse, and intersex inclusivity training.
I’m passionate for all aspects of creative design; from traditional and digital art, to film and media production. I’m particularly interested in activism and engagement for the LGBTQIA+ community and working with inclusive organisations.
I have presented as a panellist for a number of panels, including:
- Trans Day of Visibility 2021 – ANUMSS in conversation with AGA for Transgender Day of Visibility. I presented to the ANU medical students society for TDOV, discussing why the day is so important and all things trans and gender diversity. Discussing pronouns, health care, and terminology.
- IDAHOBIT Day 2021 – I joined MLA Jonathon Davis in a panel to commemorate the International Day Against Biphobia, Intersexism, and Transphobia. The event was well attended by members of the legislative assembly, community members, and the general public. You can read an article about it here.
- IDAHOBIT Day 2021 – The ANU Ally Network invited experts and advocates from different fields to reflect on the hot button policy and social issues facing LGBTIQA+ communities in a post marriage equality Australia and in the midst of a global pandemic. You can read about it here.
- Wear it Purple Day 2021 – The ANU Ally Network has invited me alongside guest researchers, peer workers and community members for a special online discussion. To share our insights about the contemporary needs and experiences of LGBTIQA+ young people and what meaningful ally-ship and inclusion looks like at ANU.
I’m have completed my Bachelor of Media Production, Visual Communications and Creative Writing at the University of Canberra. With a background in customer service – I possess a range of skills in client service, marketing, IT management, and collaborative teamwork. As well as my creative skills in Graphic Design and Visual Solutions. Possessing a combination of both creative and analytical skills gives me the skill set to be able to work on many projects.
And personally? I love working with those who are just as passionate about inclusivity and creativity as I am. Every project is an adventure, with new and exciting solutions. Just as every person is an individual, so is each project. Get in contact if you would like to collab!
A Gender Agenda works with the Transgender, Gender Diverse, and Intersex community in Canberra, to provide support and resources. Through June and July of 2019, I worked with A Gender Agenda as a student intern, to help create; social media posts and marketing videos; and worked as staff during events. Currently I work on the team as a permanent staff member.
The Canberra LGBTQIA+ and Allies Prom is a Prom for young people, run by the YWCA Canberra Youth Engagement Team. Through my participation at A to Z, a LGBTQIA+ support group. I have been blessed to work on the committee for the 2018 and 2019 Proms. This role has involved making decisions for; the theme, decorations, food and activities. I also was commissioned to create the promotional graphics for the 2019 prom.
The YWCA runs Canberran youth programs among many other things. In April 2019 I worked with the YWCA Canberra Clubhouse on the ‘Humans of Tuggeranong’ Program and Exhibition. This consisted of working with young people from Lake Tuggeranong College to mentor and teach them about portrait photography and the process of interviewing strangers. We then exhibited their work at the Lake Tuggeranong Arts Centre.
Encampment is a LGBTQIA+ youth camp, run by Meridian (formally the Aids Action Council) and with the help of volunteers. Through 2018 and into 2019, I worked with Meridian on Encampment as a committee member and designer. Working at camp as a mentor, and before camp designing the mentor posters and promotional art.
Conflux is a yearly Canberran Speculative Fiction Convention, where creatives come together. I’ve worked with Conflux since 2016. In 2017 and 2018 I have also organised the art show. And in 2018 I was the magazine editor and ran Youth day. From 2019 to 2020 I have been elected as chair and have worked into program organisation.