Friday 26th February 2021
NSW Teachers Federation
37 Reservoir Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in association with FEM presents
MY TRANS STORY
Curated by Peta Friend
Featuring Andrew Guy, Joël Murray, Olivia Stewart, Rusty Nannup, Tea Uglow, and Victoria Anthony.
At a time when the trans experience is becoming more visible we still rarely see stories by trans and gender diverse people on a screen, in theatres, a bookshelf or in popular culture and when we do, they focus on coming out and surgery or discrimination and hate crimes.
We’re here to tell you there’s plenty more to the trans narrative. Yes, we can be linked by feelings of gender dysphoria, name changes, surgeries and marginalisation 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 is back for a fourth year at Mardi Gras Festival. From the personal to the political My Trans Story features proud trans and gender diverse storytellers from Sydney and beyond celebrating their complex, sometimes funny, often fearless, always fierce histories.
About Andrew Guy (he/him)
Andrew is an actor and presenter. Recently in Still Point Turning at Sydney Theatre Company, Andrew was also the first transgender presenter on Channel 10’s The Project. He is a script adviser and advocate for trans representation in film, TV and radio. He was nominated for two Australia’s LGBTI awards.
About Joël Murray (they/them)
Joël is a trans non-binary queer person living with HIV. They currently work for community organisation managing health programs, advocacy and research partnerships for sexuality and gender diverse communities and people with HIV. Joël is an avid gardener and singer.
About Olivia Stewart (she/her)
Olivia Stewart is 16 years old and in Year 11 at a local co-educational high school. She has a strong passion for woodworking and art and is passionate about languages, particularly Japanese and French. After experiencing hardships associated with being trans, she is committed to telling her story to increase acceptance and support for trans teens like her.
About Rusty Nannup (she/her)
Rusty is a Yamatjii/Noongar woman, which are the two very largest Tribes in West Oz. She moved to Sydney many years ago living and working in Darlinghurst. Having lived this long and seeing the many changes for us Trans People it’s still very surprising that society have enough time on the hands to judge us and our life choices? What’s the old saying? No Pain? No Gain?
About Tea Uglow (she/they)
Tea is an author, speaker and activist. She led the global campaign for a trans-pride emoji and her latest book Loud & Proud (2020) is an anthology of speeches from 150 years of LGBTQ+ Activism. She works at Google.
About Victoria Anthony
Victoria graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) majoring in Musicology in 2011, honing her craft in the club scenes in Sydney and NYC. She is one of Sydney's most sought after DJ's, winning the Drag Industry Variety Award (DIVA) for Most Popular DJ two years running and multiple title wins at Miss Trans Australia. Victoria curates Trans Glamore.