About

In 2019, The Koorie Pride Victoria was formed to ensure the continuity of self-determination, connection and pride of Sexuality, Sex and Gender Diverse (SSG) Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and their communities living throughout the lands known commonly known as Victoria, Australia.

The Koorie Pride Victoria works to ensure the protection and continuation of our cultural heritage which encompasses our ideas of sexualities, sex, and gender diverse history and knowledges. We do this through storytelling with the Koorie communities, as well as our sexuality, sex and gender diverse communities.

The Koorie Pride Victoria upholds the right to self-determination and celebrates our values and our diversity by advocating and supporting culturally safe inclusive practices for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples identifying lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex, queer, questioning, Sistergirl and Brotherboy (LGBTIQAS&B) living in Victoria.

Koorie Pride Victoria will work with a continued emphasis on empowering and giving visibility by helping to build on and cultivate social and cultural change by connecting, supporting and empowering Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities identifying LGBTIQAS&B mob living in Victoria. We will also encourage and advocate for those LGBTIQAS&B mob living elsewhere across Australia and internationally.

Strategic Plan

Our strategic plan was developed during 2020 through a process of extensive community consultation. Download the summary to learn about our story, our values and our priorities for building the strength, visibility and connection of our community.
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Team

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Allison Toby
Executive Officer
Allison Toby is proud Gangulu and Kamilaroi from the Callide Valley region of Central Queensland. They are the Executive Officer of Koorie Pride Victoria, where she is building cultural capacity in sexuality, sex and gender diverse communities.
Jodie Nagyivan
Layla Nagyivan
My name is Jodie Nagyivan, and I am a Tatangulung in the Gunai Kurnai Nations in Eastern Victoria. I grew up in the southeast suburbs of Melbourne and since then I have lived in Sydney and Far North Queensland as well as abroad. As an Aboriginal person, a trans woman and someone living with a disability, I became passionate about helping people who belong to the same groups I do. With that goal in mind, I started working in health and fitness and decided to also try and enter the world of advocacy. While I’m not sure what’s in stall for me, I just hope I can be a part of something that helps others like me. I’m proud to be part of Koorie Pride Victoria where I’ve become very connected to the world of LGBTQIA+ organisations.

Board

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Craig Holloway
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Yorta Yorta
Craig Holloway is a proud Yorta Yorta man and leader in the Victorian Aboriginal Health Sector. Craig has specialised in the Victorian Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Sector with focus on service and policy reform for over 24 years.
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Board Member
Denise McGuinness
Denise McGuinness
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Gundtijmara, Wiradjiri, Yorta Yorta, Dja Dja Warung
My name Denise McGuinness and I am very proud Gundtijmara, Wiradjiri, Yorta Yorta, Dja Dja Warung woman. I have three beautiful children and two gorgeous grandchildren. I am very passionate about LGBTIQA+ community awareness and support services and I also am very happy to be a board member for Koorie Pride Victoria. I have worked at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Services for over 20 years in various roles. Currently I work in a community engagement role. My other commitments and interest are stand up comedy, since winning the National Deadly Funny competition. I also raise awareness and support for Autism and support services.
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Board member
Jade Johnson
Jade Johnson
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Yorta Yorta, Gundtijmara, Wiradjeri
My name is Jade Johnson, and I am a proud Yorta Yorta, Gundtijmara, Wiradjeri Bisexual man from Echuca, North Central Victoria. I am currently working and advocating for our community in the National Legal Service sector as a Senior Aboriginal Engagement Advisor. I am very proud and honoured to accept the Co-Chair role with Koorie Pride Victoria and it will be a great achievement to continue providing on going support and advocacy to our immediate and extended Koorie Pride Victorian family and community members.
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Co-Chair
Russel Weston
Russel Weston
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Yorta Yorta
My name is Russell Weston, and I am very proud Yorta Yorta man and I believe this is a great honour and privilege to serve my community and our members of Koorie Pride Victoria as inaugural Co-Chair. I will reflect on the proud history of our communities and what our elders have contributed to the struggle for social justice equality and our human rights. By connecting and bringing people together, we aim to reduce barriers of isolation for Rainbow Mob and increase community awareness and local support for our LGBTIQA+SB elders and youth our family’s and allies.
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Co-Chair

Elder

N’arweet Carolyn Briggs

N'Arweet Carolyn Briggs is the senior leader and Elder of the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations, the Tradional Owners of the lands and waters where Koorie Pride Victoria is located. Aunty Carolyn works passionately to share cultural knowledge with present and future generations and to the many diverse communities who live in Melbourne. She is helping restore her community and family's knowledge of and connection to language, stories, language and country. She is a firm supporter of Koorie Pride Victoria and cares deeply about the health, wellbeing, safety and cultural connection of Rainbow Mob living in Victoria.
Boon Wurrung Foundation

Always Was. Always Will Be.

Koorie Pride Victoria Ltd acknowledges the Sovereignty of Aboriginal peoples’ on whose unceded lands we live, learn and work. We acknowledge and pay respects to the Boonwurrung peoples of the Kulin Nations where our office lives.

We respectfully acknowledge Aboriginal Ancestors and Elders of yesterday, today and tomorrow. We pay our respects and recognise Sovereignty of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ and Ancestors of the unceded lands and waters across all this country surrounded by sea.