Jax (they/them) is a disability and LGBTIQA+ rights activist, writer and educator. Jax’s work has been published in Queer Disability Anthology, QueerStories, Kindred, Growing Up Queer in Australia, and We’ve Got This. Jax is interested in how we can build resilience, pride and community for LGBTIQA+ people and people with disabilities.
Jax will feature on Council’s ‘Growing up Queer’ library panel discussion on 18 May at 7:30 pm, event details and registration can be found on our Growing up Queer in Australia event page.
I am a Boroondara local and have lived here for seven years since I moved to Hawthorn East with my partner Anne. I am an out and proud member of the LGBTIQA+ community but I have felt very isolated and alone due to a lack of active LGBTIQA+ inclusion in the local area. I am also a parent to an active and outgoing 4-year-old child with my partner Anne. We are very involved in the local community - both Anne and I are serving our second term on our child’s kindergarten committee.
I am a wheelchair user and am very passionate about LGBTIQA+ and disability inclusion. I was awarded an OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) last year for my ongoing work for LGBTIQA+ people and people with disability.
I run my own business in LGBTIQA+ disability rights and inclusion where I provide guest speaking, education, workshops, and training. I have served on a number of Victorian Government advisory councils including the Disability Advisory Council, LGBTI Taskforce Health and Human Services Working Group and formerly the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission’s Disability Reference Group.
To me, IDAHOBIT means actively addressing homophobia, biphobia, intersexphobia and transphobia by supporting LGBTIQA+ people in the community. It is about acknowledging and addressing the discrimination we face, but also just as importantly, it’s about celebrating us and making us feel welcome, safe and comfortable to be visible and proud of who we are.
IDAHOBIT is about asking the local LGBTIQA+ community what we need to feel more included and then finding ways to make that happen. For me also, as a person with a disability, it’s about allowing people to be proud of all the aspects of who they are.
Some of this work can be achieved relatively quickly such as by running LGBTIQA+ events in the community and other things will take more time and are about creating communities of active inclusion and celebration.