Inspirational speaker

Julie Peters. Photo courtesy of the ABC

Woodend’s Victoria Hotel will be the venue for another inspirational guest speaker for the first Birds of a Feather event for 2024. 

Media professional and transgender legend Julie Peters will be sharing her story at the lunchtime gathering next week. 

Julie worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for 50 years and in her late 30s she became the first employee there to openly transition. This was at a time when there was little understanding around what it meant to be transgender, few role models or allies, and no organisational policies in the organisation to support her. 

Now in her 70s, Julie has had an interesting and varied career. As well working behind the scenes at the ABC, she is a doctoral researcher in public health and the anthropology of gender/transgender, a teacher, sessional academic, cabaret performer, writer, parliamentary candidate and environmentalist. 

Organised by Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health’s Country LGBTIQA+ Inclusion Program, Birds of a Feather offers the opportunity for adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex to come together in a safe and affirming space, to share stories and feel a sense of belonging. 

The lunch takes place on Thursday March 7 at 12pm. Entry is free and meals and drinks are at bar prices. RSVPs are essential – to book your place go to Contact belinda. or call 5421 1666 if you have any questions.