Role Model


Roles models are really important in our lives. We’ve all experienced people who have had a great influence on us personally or on the LGBTIQ community. They serve as a positive example for the values, attitudes and behaviours we aspire to. They show us what is possible. And they inspire us to better ourselves. 

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Meet Our Finalists

Our nominees recognise people who have made significant changes in their organisations, people who have changed peoples' lives or people who are active and visible champions of the community.

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Voting closes on the 28th of Feb, at 6pm AEDT.

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Aadarsh Prasad

Queer Officer UTS, AQSN POC officer, University of Technology Sydney
Student Role Model Award of the Year Finalist 2018

Aadarsh Prasad is a 19 year old queer person of colour, and one of the 2018 Queer Officers at the University of Technology Sydney, and one of the Persons of Colour/Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Officers at the Australian Queer Student Network.


Aadarsh is absolutely honoured to be shortlisted for this award, and had nominated others for this honour. Aadarsh believes that awards like this are important in validating the hard work and effort of young LGBTQAI+ activists for those who would usually see activism in a troublesome lense, and hopes that you will vote to help support their activism! 


Cai Langford

Student - University of Adelaide
Student Role Model Award of the Year Finalist 2018

Cai Langford is a non-binary person, studying a Masters of Social Work at UQ. They have volunteered for a number of organisations that work with queer youth and they hope to work in advocacy for queer people in the future. Throughout their time at University, Cai was instrumental in having gender neutral toilets implemented at the University of Adelaide. They completed a major in Gender Studies in their undergraduate degree and hope to work towards improving trans people’s access to healthcare.

Isaac Roberts

President- Indigenous Student Association , Macquarie University
Student Role Model Award of the Year Winner 2018

Isaac is a Deaf 21-year-old Brotherboy from Far-North QLD. He is passionate about his culture and community and works to educate about understanding experiences of those who exist at the intersection of different identities. In 2017, Isaac was the President of the Indigenous Students Association (ISA) at Macquarie University. Within this role he has been able to work between his two communities, ensuring that LGBTQ+ Spaces on campus actively include Indigenous students, and vice versa. The ISA held a very successful educational event for IDAHOT during which a Q&A with transgender Indigenous people was held.

Isaac has become an unofficial point of contact for transmen on campus, especially those looking to commence their transition at university. He has also been active outside of university, working to support change in perceptions of Transgender Aboriginal people in local communities, especially around healthcare and disability, and their inclusion in LGBTQ+ conversations.

Kochava Lilit 

President , Ygender
Young Professional Role Model Award of the Year Finalist 2018

Kochava is a queer and disability rights activist and the head of Ygender, a peer support and advocacy collective. At Ygender, Kochava leads a team of trans/gender diverse young people in advocating for trans rights and creating autonomous community spaces. They run regular social events that give trans young people a space to connect with each other, have a place where their gender will always be respected, and ask each other for advice. They also run workshops and training sessions at unis, schools, workplaces, youth services, medical services and more on gender diversity, trans rights, and inclusive practices. 

Kochava was one of the project heads for Trans 101, a gender diversity crash course with a focus on intersectionality created by trans young people. The booklet and 6 videos can be viewed and downloaded at www.trans101.org.au, and the first video reached 1 million hits in the first few days. 

Kochava is passionate about the intersection of cultural diversity, disability, and gender. They're performed spoken word pieces on disability justice, trans rights, and Jewish stories as part of Quippings, a queer disability collective. Their culture and heritage is an inextricable part of their activism and identity. Kochava has performed at the Melbourne Writers' Festival, spoken about queer rights and culture at the United Nations, and can be found at queerjewishcrip.com and on Twitter as @AutisticLilit.

Leigh Andrew Hill

Creative/ Content Editor, OutInPerth
Young Professional Role Model Award of the Year Finalist 2018

During 2015, Leigh Andrew Hill completed an internship at OUTinPerth, a free monthly magazine & website focusing on diversity in sexuality and gender that has been published for over 15 years. The internship led to full time employment with OUTinPerth, until the parent company that owned the magazine was forced to shut down in 2016.

As a result of his own personal journey as an LGBTI+ person and through his tertiary studies, internship and full-time employment, Leigh discovered his passion and capability for covering queer politics, arts and culture, history, and local community groups. It was this passion that led to Leigh and colleague Graeme Watson deciding to form Speirins Media Pty Ltd, buy the rights to OUTinPerth and ultimately continue to publish the magazine. Leigh is currently Creative/Content Editor for the magazine.

Nicholas Steepe

Project Manager, Equity & Diversity for Charles Sturt University
Young Professional Role Model Award of the Year Winner 2018

Nicholas, 23, has grown up in regional Australia and currently lives in Bathurst. After coming to terms with his sexuality at a young age, Nic faced the difficulty of family, peer and societal rejection which took a significant toll on his mental health. Whilst studying a Bachelor of Social Work at Charles Sturt University in Dubbo, Nic secured a job with headspace Dubbo, and contributed significantly to the conversation around youth mental health, marriage equality, and inclusion for LGBTIQA+ individuals within the Central West. Nic was also the first in his family to graduate University.

Nic is one of the key individuals responsible for the Central West Pride March, and is heavily involved in the Central West Rainbow Alliance, promoting inclusion and support for regional LGBTIQA+ individuals. He also sits on The Pinnacle Foundation Management Committee as the Scholar Advocate, an organisation that provides scholarships and mentorships to disadvantaged and/or marginalised LGBTIQA+ people.

After completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Project Management, Nic began working as a Project Manager, Equity & Diversity for Charles Sturt University. In addition, Nic is currently enrolled in his Masters of Social Work (Advanced Practice, Research/Dissertation strand) which he is aiming to complete in 2019. Nic wishes his research topic to be on the intersectionality of LGBTIQA+ ATSI individuals.

Rebecca Johnson

Co-founder, IndigiLez Women’s Leadership & Support Group
Established Professional Role Model Award of the Year Winner 2018

Rebecca is a Gooreng Gooreng woman, connected to the Tarlibelang Bunda people. She is the co-founder of IndigiLez Women’s Leadership & Support Group, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lesbian, Same Attracted and Bisexual women. Bec is also is a member of Tekwabi Gizz (translation- All of us connected),a national collaboration of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander people and organizations working with LGBTIQ, Sister girl and Brother boy peoples throughout Australia. 

Bec is a strong advocate in ensuring meaningful processes are inclusive of First Nations voices and cultural leadership. She creates a sense of confidence in her community, Drawing leadership and inspiration from her connection to country, culture and community, reflected in her colorful love and commitment to the wellness and self-determination of LGBTIQ BB SG people and communities.

Bec is an instrumental voice within both community controlled and government sectors, advocating for equality and recognition of First Nations LGBTIQ BB and SG people and communities.

Bringing professional achievements such as Creating Inclusive Services training for LGBTIQ service providers in Queensland, leading consultation for the LGBTI National Ageing and Aged Care, and the Queensland Police Service Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officer Program. Awarded the State Pride Award for her work in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ communities. Her highlight has been the development and implementation of the Rainbow Dreaming Retreats. 

Rebecca is passionate about the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ, Brother Boy and Sister girl peoples and communities, Bec is always there to listen and is a pillar of strength to many, her door is always open and her heart always offers unconditional love and support.

Brendan Moore

Engineer and Project Manager, Yarra Valley Water
Established Professional Role Model Award of the Year Finalist 2018

Brendan is an Engineer at Yarra Valley Water and a passionate champion for LGBTIQ+ inclusion. He is the inaugural Chair of Yarra Valley Water’s LGBTIQ+ Diversity Group, a position he pursued because of his time working in regional communities as part of the construction and engineering industries where LGBTIQ+ openness, acceptance and inclusion aren’t common. Through Brendan’s commitment to awareness and inclusion, employees at Yarra Valley Water who openly identify as LGBTIQ+ has nearly doubled in 12 months. Brendan will continue to drive the change required to make sure all LGBTIQ+ people feel included and accepted wherever they may work.


Kimberly Olsen

CEO, Trans Employment Program Australia &
Project Manager Service Excellence 
Established Professional Role Model Award of the Year Finalist 2018

Kimberly is founder and CEO of Trans Employment Program Australia, a program to assist recruitment for trans and gender diverse people. She also works at Uniting, where she is responsible for adoption of LGBTI specific learning strategies for aged care.

She contributed to a paper “Effective and Meaningful Inclusion of Trans and Gender Diverse People in HIV Prevention.” She has also been a subject matter expert on the Rainbow Tick accreditation.

Her significant work has been on the inclusion of trans and gender diverse people in recruitment, LGBTI inclusive service provision and on the Pride in Health & Wellbeing program.