presented by the RMIT Social & Global Studies Centre for the
2019 International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)

On the eve of IDAHOBIT 2019, SGSC welcomes an incredible panel of speakers for our next seminar, Justice and Protection for All: Research & policy priorities for LGBTQI communities.

We invite you to join us as Joe Ball (CEO, Switchboard), Brenda Appleton, OAM (Co-Chair, Victoria LGBTI Taskforce), Nur Warsame (Imam & welfare advocate for LGBTQI+ Muslims), and Angela Dwyer (Associate Professor, Police Studies, University of Tasmania) share their insights and vision for contemporary LGBTQI lives and social justice.

Observed on May 17, IDAHOBIT aims to raise awareness of LGBTQI rights violations and promote the work of the people advocating for social justice for the community.

Events are held on May 17 worldwide to raise the global awareness of violence, discrimination, and repression of LGBTQI communities, creating avenues for action and engagement with the media, policymakers, public opinion, and wider society.

The violation of LGBTQI rights happens in a diverse range of social, religious, cultural, and political contexts. The events supporting IDAHOBIT offer an opportunity for global impact, as we gather to raise the visibility of these injustices.


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Joe Ball
CEO, Switchboard

Joe Ball is the passionate CEO of Switchboard Victoria. Switchboard Victoria has been providing a community based and peer-lead LGBTIQA+ support service for the last 28 years. Joe’s earlier career was in the disability and housing and homelessness sector before working in management in the Australian Public Service. Joe has been leading Switchboard since December 2016. Joe believes in grassroots solutions to systematic problems.

Brenda Appleton
Co-Chair, Victoria LGBTI Taskforce

Brenda retired in 2009 after 35 years working in the corporate sector and is now heavily involved volunteering with a wide range of community groups, including the LGBTI communities in Melbourne for more than 20 years. She is the Chair of TGV, co-chair of Victorian LGBTI Taskforce and a member of the Victorian Elder Abuse Roundtable.

Brenda is passionate about using her lived experience in an effort to improve the health and wellbeing of trans and gender diverse people across Victoria.

She was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2017, received a Victorian Senior of the Year award in 2018 and was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the 2019 Australia Day Honours.

Nur Warsame
Imam & welfare advocate for LGBTQI+ Muslims

Nur has been active as an Imam in Australia since 2000 and is the founder of Marhaba Inc. an organization that focuses on the welfare of LGBTIQ+ Muslims. Nur also conducts workshops and talks to LGBT groups nationally and internationally.

Dr Angela Dwyer
Associate Professor, Police Studies, University of Tasmania

Dr Angela Dwyer is an Associate Professor in Police Studies and Emergency Management, School of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania, and the Deputy Director of the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies. Angela conducts research on the intersection between sexuality, gender diversity, and criminal justice and is lead editor of Queering Criminology, edited with Matthew Ball and Thomas Crofts, and published with Palgrave.

Panel chair

Prof. Katherine Johnson
Director, RMIT Social & Global Studies Centre

Katherine’s research is in the field of gender, sexuality and mental health, with specialisms in critical community psychology and psychosocial studies, qualitative, participatory and visual research methods, and interdisciplinary research about LGBTQ lives. Her research collaborations and partnerships focus on improving the lives of LGBTQ+ people and have impacted on social policy and practice, particularly in the field of suicide prevention, mental health and end of life care.


RMIT University
Building 8, Level 4, Room 13
360 Swanston Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000


16 May 2019