The Queensland Government is committed to respecting, protecting, and promoting human rights as the cornerstone of a fair and inclusive society.
As part of this commitment, the Honourable Leeanne Enoch MP, Minister for Treaty, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Minister for Communities, Minister for the Arts has established a Queensland LGBTIQ+ Roundtable (Roundtable) to ensure that the voices of the LGBTIQ+ community are heard.
The Roundtable is administered by the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy.
The Roundtable provides an effective engagement mechanism for the Queensland LGBTIQ+ community to highlight opportunities to strengthen community outcomes with the Queensland Government.
The Roundtable will enable the Queensland Government to ensure the development and delivery of services, policies, programs and strategies are inclusive of, and responsive to, the needs of people of diverse sex, gender and sexuality.
individuals and network/organisational representatives of the LGBTIQ+ community including First Nations peoples, people who are culturally and linguistically diverse, people with disability, younger people and older people across Queensland
representatives of Queensland Government agencies including:
Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Department of Education
Public Service Commission representative of the LGBTIQ+ Steering Committee
Queensland Human Rights Commission
Queensland Police Service.
Membership is for a two-year term commencing in 2023 with meetings held quarterly online or in person for approximately 2 hours.
Role of members
Members have the opportunity to discuss and highlight emerging issues, challenges and opportunities relating to the LGBTIQ+ community with Queensland Government; share their knowledge and expertise relating to the topics discussed at meetings; consider matters out of session as required which may include providing feedback to related strategies, policies and procedures; and engage with the LGBTIQ+ community and networks as required.
Brenton Creed (he/him)
Mr Creed is a Traditional Owner and Native Title Applicant of Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun, lands and seas of the Wulgurukaba People, is a part-time carer for his mother and emerging community leader.
Mr Creed is well connected in Townsville and is a member of several committees including the Townsville City Council Inclusive Communities Advisory Committee that provides information and advice to Council on current and emerging social planning and community development matters to create a city that is accessible and inclusive for all people.
He has good knowledge of the issues that affect LGBTIQ+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy people including the need for appropriate and inclusive services.
Dr Elija Cassidy (he/him)
Dr Cassidy has extensive knowledge of the key issues that affect LGBTIQ+ people and their families. He is a Chief Investigator in the QUT Digital Media Research Centre’s Inclusion and Participation program, an Affiliate Researcher in the QUT Centre for Justice and a founding member of the QUT Diverse Genders, Sexualities and Sex Characteristics Research Group.
He has published and presented in Australia and internationally for over 15 years on inclusion and equality issues as they play out for LGBTIQ+ communities in networked digital systems on topics such identity, privacy, and mental health. Throughout his career he has also consulted and cooperated widely with LGBTIQ+ individuals from community, industry, and government.
Grace Sholl (she/her)
Ms Sholl has sat on several high-level university committees and advocates for students of diverse backgrounds. She has reviewed university policies to implement university and student-led initiatives. She also sits on several mental health research committees.
Ms Sholl has lived experience of suicide, mental illness and disability that have impacted her life. She is concerned about the mental health issues experienced by the community as well as homelessness and unsafe housing.
Ms Sholl has worked with Headspace to represent LGBTIQ+ young people and educate the community through media campaigns and community engagement. She has also led the Gold Coast Health Australian Workplace Equality Index project, compiling a report on how LGBTIQ+ staff are supported in the workplace, socially and through formal policy.
James Fowler (he/him)
James grew up in Hervey Bay, a town where at the time there was little LGBTQIA+ representation and community. Now living in Brisbane, James is committed to using his lived experience and those of others in the community to develop mental health resources and interventions.
James is currently a PhD candidate at The University of Queensland exploring a queer-focused, self-guided, digital mental health program. Within the LGBTQIA+ space, James also conducts research exploring gender affirming hormone therapy, the aromantic community, and PrEP uptake in young people.
Outside of research, James is involved in teaching as a lecturer in psychology, and supervising students in a variety of community focused research projects. He previously co-developed the community project Queerious Minds, as well as volunteered with Open Doors Youth Services. Most recently James served as a member of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation Youth Advisory Board.
Jennifer Toonen (Jennie) (she/her)
Ms Toonen is a proud Gooreng Gooreng, Kabi Kabi woman and a member of the Northside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s and Men’s Alliance. She has good networks and raises issues and concerns for First Nations people and her LGBTIQ+ family through newsletters, informal meetings and uses her vast network of Wombateers to educate and raise awareness.
She works as the Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health at West Moreton Hospital and Health Service and previously facilitated the Youth Advisory Council that support first nations and LGBTIQ+ young people to advocate for change, build awareness of the issues that the community faces and ensure their rights are being upheld and respected.
Dr Kirstine Hand representing True Relationships and Reproductive Health (she/her)
Dr Hand is an LGBTIQ+ Inclusive Education Coordinator for True Relationships and Reproductive Health. Dr Hand has worked in a variety of roles across non-government organisations, government and tertiary settings focusing on work that improves outcomes for marginalised or disadvantaged individuals and communities.
She is also the convenor of the management committee for Diverse Voices, the Queensland partner for QLIFE, a national service which provides peer phone/webchat support for the LGBTIQ+ community, and a member of the Queensland Queering Education Consultative Committee and the Brisbane Police LGBTI Community Consultative Group.
Kris Sargeant (she/they)
Mx Kris Sargeant has more than 30 years’ experience working in mental health and community services. They are currently working with three headspaces and many suicide prevention and aged care services across Southeast Queensland and Wide Bay where they advocate for and service large numbers of the youth LGBTQI+ communities.
Mx Sargeant also works in a large religious based organisation where they have implemented positive LGBTQI+ service models, policy creations and awareness raising to ensure all parts of the business including community and residential aged care and palliative care services are inclusive and responsive to LGBTQI+ individuals and families.
With their combination of professional experience, and personal lived experience as a non-binary lesbian and mother of a non-binary child, Mx Sargeant has a strong understanding of the issues impacting LGBTQI+ individuals, families and the community.
Li-Min Lee (Li) (they/them)
Li-Min has extensive experience working with peak Australian LGBTIQ+ organisations since 2009. They provide health education and peer support to LGBTIQ+ communities with their knowledge of the intersection of multiple disadvantages and systematic oppression.
Li-Min works with Forcibly Displaced People Network that supports LGBTIQ+ refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants, and they also volunteer with LGBTIQ+ organisations focusing on mental health. They also work with World Wellness Group to promote human rights and health social justice through their academic expertise and lived experiences.
Li-Min’s research interests are LGBTIQ+ health, queer theory, and intersectionality. Li-Min has conducted research on ageing and lesbian women in South East Queensland and is currently doing their PhD research on mental health and help-seeking among lesbian seniors. They join other professional networks at a national and international level and share their knowledge and experiences with other fellows and connects with other researchers in related fields.
Matthew Gillett (he/him)
Mr Gillett has a long history of LGBTIQ+ advocacy in Queensland and nationally, as well as more than a decade in leadership roles in LGBTIQ+ and HIV/AIDS focused organisations.
He is an accomplished leader and manager in the community, health and education sectors with a track record of innovation, creative problem-solving and change management. Mr Gillett was also involved in advocacy in Queensland to change anti-discrimination laws and has participated in Ministerial and Departmental Advisory Committees at Queensland and federal levels.
He also brings his deep knowledge and experience working in the Community Services sector, leading partnerships at regional and industry level and is an accredited Mediator under the National Mediation Accreditation Standards.
Matilda Alexander representing Rainbow Families Queensland and LGBTI Legal Service (she/her)
Matilda Alexander is a human rights lawyer who is a founding member of the LGBTI Legal Service, it’s current Patron and a member of the Queensland Law Society Human Rights sub-committee and LGBTIQIA+ Working group. She is also a steering committee member of Rainbow Families Queensland. Matilda has delivered targeted outreach to LGBTIQ+ communities such as Open Doors and been an active ally to the First Nations LGBTIQ+ community.
She has engaged in numerous media campaigns and interviews to champion the rights of LGBTIQ+ people over many years and has also won an awards for Pride in Law, LGBTIQ Activist of the Year and Trans ally of the year.
Matthew Higgins (he/him)
Mr Higgins is a creative industries professional and community representative, passionate about bringing communities together and fostering a sense of belonging for LGBTIQ+ people in regional and remote Queensland.
As a member of Townsville City Council’s Inclusive Communities Advisory Committee, he advocates for policy change and community empowerment initiatives to transform Townsville (Gurambilbarra) into a thriving and inclusive city for LGBTIQ+ people.
With over a decade of experience within the arts and events sectors, he has championed LGBTIQ+ artists and partnered extensively with diverse stakeholders to drive positive outcomes for LGBTIQ+ communities in New South Wales through internationally recognised multi-arts programs, festivals, and major events.
Mr Higgins is deeply committed to amplifying intersectional voices and addressing the unique challenges facing regional LGBTIQ+ communities to shape a more inclusive and equitable future for all.
Dr Michelle Jeffries (she/her)
As a queer parent, Dr Jeffries has seen how assumptions about family and lack of infrastructure/ policy/ language around family diversity can leave many families feeling invisible and not understood. Having taught in Queensland schools and as an education researcher, she is also passionate about schools as inclusive and welcoming spaces for LGBTIQ+ students, teachers and families. Dr Jeffries wants to contribute positively toward the future of LGBTIQ+ parents/caregivers, families, youth and other community members by bringing her research, knowledge of policy/legislation, personal experiences, and others' experiences together to work with stakeholders to consider areas for change and opportunity.
She has volunteered with several LGBTIQ+ organisations. Dr Jeffries’ thesis focused on the experiences of gender and sexuality diverse parents in primary schools. She is currently researching the experiences of gender and sexuality diverse teachers in rural, regional and remote Australia. Dr Jeffries has worked in partnership with Queensland Government agencies and other organisations
Phillip Carswell OAM (Phil) (he/him)
Mr Carswell draws on 40 years’ advocacy on behalf of the LGBTIQ+ community spanning his active involvement in building the community response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Australia to professional roles in the public service including for the Victorian and Queensland Departments of Health in 1984 as Manager of their AIDS/STI Units. He was the Founding President of the Victorian AIDS Council and an inaugural member of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations, as well as a founding trustee of the AIDS Trust of Australia.
Mr Carswell was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2015 for services to public health, particularly for people with HIV/AIDS.
Since his retirement, he remains highly active in the pursuit of advancing LGBTIQ+ rights as a community Elder with a focus on legislative amendments, history and education
Rebecca Reynolds representing Queensland Council for LGBTI Health (she/her)
Rebecca Reynolds is the Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Council for LGBTI Health (QC). She sits on a number of Government and non-Government committees and her experience over the past 20 years has been within LGBTIQ+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy communities with networks that include, and champion peer led approaches to sexual and mental health, education and community engagement. Her work is driven by the desire to ensure that LGBTIQ+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy people and their families including in regional and remote areas of Queensland are heard, understood, and included in the creation of stories, services, policies and practices that impact their lives.
The work of QC includes advancing LGBTIQ+ Queenslanders to have autonomy in their decision making through an increased knowledge of the systems and services that exist and are funded to support them and their lives; and the support to access those systems in a way that is not causing further harm to their health and wellbeing.
Reverend Selina McMahon (she/her)
Reverend Selina has lived experience of transitioning and understands the support services that are required. She has good knowledge of the issues affecting LGBTIQ+ people that include mental illness, equal opportunities and negative media portrayals.
As the only transgender priest licensed to lead a parish in the Anglican Church of Australia, she is often consulted to provide pastoral guidance and insight to people who are grappling with their faith and sexuality/gender identity.
She has extensive experience in dealings with external parties and partnership in the community. Prior to transitioning, she was an IT Project Manager in the United Kingdom and worked alongside a range of stakeholders to ensure common goals could be reached.
Stephanie Saal (she/her)
Miss Saal is a passionate advocate for the rights and safety of intersex and gender diverse Queenslanders. As a member of the RSL (Queensland Branch) Diversity and Culture Change panel she has pioneered queer and disability rights internally and externally through the organisation for greater outcomes of equal employment and recognition.
She is also a Co-Convenor of Rainbow Labor, a peak stakeholder that pushes for law reform, protections, and the recognition of identity for the LGBTIQ+ community.
Miss Saal is looking to advance the rights of intersex-born people and people of diverse sex, gender and sexuality and prides herself on being connected to community. Further, she has been an active member in the LGBTIQ+ community by speaking on her lived experience as an intersex person at events, conferences and fundraisers.