Kat (they/them/theirs) has been a local queer and disability advocate and community builder in the ACT for the last eight years. They are currently the CEO of Women With Disabilities ACT and a Board Director of Women With Disabilities Australia and of the Youth Coalition of the ACT. Kat was recently awarded 2021 Young Canberra Citizen of the Year and was one of Out for Australia’s — 30 Under 30 winners, for 2021.
As a person with disability, Kat’s policy interests include prevention of violence against women with disabilities, sexual and reproductive health, and leadership and the inclusion and representation of young women with disabilities. Their activism and community building work spans many different intersections. Since the age of 17, they have advocated for the rights of people of colour, queer youth, trans and non-binary people and people with disabilities.
They’ve held positions of leadership in both local and national organisations, including the ANU Students’ Association and have led the Australian Queer Students’ Network as the National Co-Convenor. Kat was a Council member on the ACT LGBTIQ+ Ministerial Advisory Council and advised on issues affecting queer youth from 2015-2018.