Andrew’s work as a presenter and as a documentary content producer has facilitated his way into journalism. Inspired by his early media appearances in Madison Magazine and on Channel 9’s The Today Show, his journalism brings real and interesting accounts from the complex nature of transgender life to mainstream
audiences. He was the first transgender male to guest host and present news and current affairs
on Ch. 10 Rove Enterprise’s Logie Award Winning News Program The Project. He is also soon to start guest reporting on GLBTI issues with Claire Bowen – Producer of Joy 94.9FM’s Triple Bi-pass segment.
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Anton Enus, a broadcast journalist with more than 34 years’ experience, has been presenting SBS World News
bulletins since 1999. Anton was part of the team that covered South Africa’s historic return to democracy in 1994 and also filed stories from Rwanda, Burundi, Zaire, Uganda, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. He also won the SABC Bokmakierie Award for radio current affairs. Anton served a term as president of TOGS, the LGBTI sports body in Johannesburg which negotiated South Africa’s admission to the Federation of Gay Games in 1993/94 following the fall of apartheid. As a result, South Africa had a participating team at the New York Gay Games of 1994 and every subsequent Gay Games (including Sydney 2002) – a development of which Anton and all who worked on the committee are very proud. Toward the end of 2016, Anton discussed his diagnosis with bowel cancer and urged others to get checked. He is a Bowel Cancer Australia Ambassador.
Benjamin Law is a TV screenwriter, features journalist and columnist, but is perhaps best know as the author of
the The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012), both of which were nominated for
Australian Book Industry Awards. His book The Family Law has been made into an award-winning and AACTA-
nominated SBS TV series of which he is the creator and co-writer. He was also an associate producer and
researcher for the SBS documentary Deep Water: The Real Story (2016).
Most recently Benjamin wrote a Quarterly Essay in 2017 on the Safe Schools scandal, Moral Panic 101. His essay
examines the face of homophobia in Australia and the LGBTI’s long battle for equality and acceptance. He’s also
a writer on the forthcoming Channel Ten series Sisters and working on a commission for the Melbourne Theatre
Company. Benjamin can be found currently campaigning for the Yes Vote for Marriage Equality.
Fran Kelly – the presenter of ABC’s Radio National Breakfast program -- is one of Australia’s leading political
interviewers and commentators. She has earned a reputation as an intelligent, informed and balanced journalist who has been a key contributor to the nation’s political and social debates for the past 15 years.
In that time she’s been the ABC’s Europe Correspondent based in London, the political editor for The 7.30 Report and the political correspondent for the prestigious AM program.
Radio National Breakfast is Australia’s leading national morning current affairs radio show. Its daily agenda is a
mix of national and international politics, current affairs and social issues – and it draws on the world’s leading
commentators, players and thinkers. It’s influence makes it required listening for opinion leaders across the
JASON 'JAY' SHIPSTON
He has worked in the media industry for over 20 years where he has been a passionate campaigner of the LGBTI community and for same sex marriage. Jay presents a voice for the LGBTI community in Far North Queensland which is often left out of the debate. In the Mackay region there is a high suicide rate, some of which are linked to sexuality. Jay came out in the middle of a Breakfast Show radio interview with Bob Katter after he rubbished the suggestion of samesex marriage a number of years ago. That interview alone had people thanking me for standing up for the community who don’t find it comfortable to speak out as openly as I had.
Jay has come under fire from listeners who don’t understand what its like to be same-sex attracted. He has threatened by some listeners, who threatened to change the station because they didn’t agree with his sexuality.
Joel Carnegie is a multi-award winning radio and television presenter, performer and musician as well as documentary and feature maker. His broadcast work airs regularly on networks and media outlets including ABC, BBC, CBC, Deutsche Welle, Audible, American Public Media and more.
As a passionate longtime supporter of LBGTI issues, Joel Carnegie was, most recently, the Executive Producer and contributing presenter for Audible’s Listen to Love series – a six-part original audio series which explored the subject of same sex marriage in Australia, and the fight for equality. He's covered the marriage equality debate for networks including CBC [Canada], Deutsche Welle [Germany] and Radio France International and has also made stories about LBGTI communities in the Faroe Islands and India.
In 2017, he won "Best Performance by an Actor" and "Best Innovation" at the New York Festivals International Radio Awards for his ABC RN radio cabaret show, "Stardust: The Col Brain Story" , and his radio documentary on a controversial 1000 year old cultural tradition: "The Grind" [ABC RN] was shortlisted as a Top 5 Finalist at Whicker's World Foundation Audio Recognition Awards. In 2016, Joel was a Jury Member at the 2016 Prix Europa (European Broadcasting Festival) and Ambassador of the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) - and is currently working on a new ABC RN radio documentary about fairies
A self-described shameless "fame whore", Joel has become a television staple and this year hosted the
glittering explosion that is the 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. The TV broadcast included
the best of the floats, costumes and featured celebrity guests interviews. He garnered stories from some
parade participants too – exploring issues of sexuality, equality and discrimination that affect the LGBTQI
Most recently Joel was selected to be in Cosmopolitan’s inaugural Rainbow List as one of their top 50 most
influential LGBTQI voices and recently became Ambassador to Skyy Vodka’s #CheerstoEquality campaign.
He was also crowned Comedian of the Year at the most recent GQ Men of the Year Awards.
Jonathon Moran - or J.Mo as he is affectionately known - is Australia's authority on all things entertainment - from music to film, tv, celebrities in general and everything in between. J.Mo started off in the press gallery at
Parliament House but has spent the last decade at The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph as news editor of entertainment. J.Mo breaks celebrity stories daily and has interviewed the world's biggest stars, from
Beyonce to Coldplay, One Direction to Pink and everyone in between. He's traveled the globe, covering the Cannes International Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Golden Globes and the MTV Video Music
J.Mo is openly gay and regularly writes opinion pieces covering issues from same sex marriage to depression. He is co-host of the top rating national radio show, Confidential on Nova, and is a weekly regular on Channel Ten's
Studio 10 program. He has co-hosted the inaugural Beats for Breast Cancer one hour special broadcast on Ten's
digital channel, Eleven, as well as Jungle Confidential for Channel Ten and News Corp on I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! This year he made his (very minor) acting debut on web series, The Horizon.
For over 20 years Julie was a broadcaster with ABC Radio National, ABC TV and Network Ten. She presented the
radio show Life Matters on ABC Radio National for 5 years and was a team leader on the media quiz show Good
News Week for 5 years on Network Ten and ABC TV. Julie has been a television reporter many times for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and has reported for ANZAC day. She is proud to live in a country where it is possible
to do both. Julie became active in Gay Liberation at Sydney University in 1974. Throughout the 1970s, she attended countless demonstrations and was arrested many times. Julie was part of the huge crowd of demonstrators
outside Darlinghurst Police Station in 1978 after the first Mardi Gras and at the Liverpool Street Court the next
morning. She met many new friends in the big women’s cell behind the Liverpool Street Court where demonstrators were often taken in that era. Julie married her partner, Melissa Gibson in Manhattan in 2015 and she has been a vocal advocate for marriage equality since the 1990s.
Patrick Abboud is a Walkley nominated investigative journalist, documentary filmmaker and presenter. In 2016/17 alone, he exposed unsolved gay hate crimes; discrimination against transgender people in the Australian Defence Force; and homophobia in the NSW Police force. His story on Australia’s underground Muslim LGBTQI communities helped secure funding for a national support group and community education program. His documentary exposing the epidemic of bullying in Australian schools, ‘Breaking Point: Bullying’s deadly toll’ has been described as ‘must watch TV’ by news.com.au and something ‘every Australian needs to see' by The Guardian. The film resulted in a national campaign to change federal policy to better protect children. Patrick has hosted the SBS Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras TV broadcast for the past 4 years. He also produces the unique stories from LGBTQI communities around the country we see in the program each year. Whether hosting live TV, presenting compelling documentaries and interviews, for more than a decade Patrick has remained unrelenting in his drive to help people at society’s fringes share their stories. In 2016 he won the LGBTQI Honour Award for Outstanding Broadcasting.