Trans Joy Panel

Join us at 6pm Wednesday December 8th for an online event hosted by Senator Janet Rice, exploring the creativity and joy of trans identities.

In a world that boxes us into binaries as soon as we’re born, trans people exist as possibilities and imaginations - of creativity, love, joy, grief and multitudes. 

Join Hasib Hourani, Amao Leota Lu, and Brittany Henderson in conversation with Srishti Chatterjee, for a night of storytelling, poetry and celebration.

Hasib Hourani (he/they) is a Lebanese-Palestinian writer, editor, and arts worker living on unceded Wurundjeri Country. His practice disrupts expectations of place, archive, and the relationship between the two.

Hasib is a 2020 recipient of The Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter Scheme and is currently working on a book of poetry about suffocation and the occupation of Palestine. You can find his work in Meanjin, Overland, and Going Down Swinging, among others.

Amao Leota Lu (she/her) is a proud Samoan fa’afafine and trans woman of colour who is performance artist, public speaker, writer, poet, curator and storyteller who infuses and weaves the queer rainbow tapestry of race, culture and gender through her talks, performance and storytelling. Anchored in her love of her identities that enable visibility, voice and power to navigate space through the cultural lens and ties to her Samoan and Pacific ancestors.

Brittney Henderson (they/she/he) is a Wiradjuri and Bunurong genderfluid person. They are currently finishing their Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne in Politics and Gender Studies, and are a fierce and passionate community justice advocate. Brittney is the 2022 elected Indigenous Officer for the University of Melbourne Students Union.

Srishti Chatterjee (they/them) is a Bengali writer, performer and community organiser, currently researching and writing on digital networks of outrage, love and hope. Srishti advocates for trauma-informed policy centering BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ victim survivors, for which they were recently awarded Community Champion of the Year under the 30 Under 30 Out For Australia awards.

RSVP now to secure your place!


We acknowledge that First Nations people have always had their own creative and diverse knowledge and practices of gender, and that transphobia was brought to this country by colonisers. 

We are celebrating this event from the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations. Our panellists and participants are logging in from all over so-called Australia, all of which is stolen land. We pay our respects to Elders - past, present and emerging, and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded. This always was, and always will be, Aboriginal Land. There is no justice on this land without First Nations treaty and justice.



December 08, 2021 at 6:00pm - 7:30pm


Zoom, RSVP for the link


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