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Who We Are

Transgender Victoria is the leading body for trans and gender diverse advocacy, training, and resource development in Victoria. We work to achieve justice, equity and inclusive service provision for trans and gender diverse people, their partners, families and friends.

We work with and for the trans and gender diverse community to create positive change in human rights and policy development. We represent the community by challenging discrimination, and assist in the empowerment of trans people, so that they may lead full and meaningful lives.

TGV recognises the right of all members of the trans and gender diverse community to equality in all areas of life, including housing, education, work, health services and legal representation.

Our Committee

Jax Brown

Jax is a disability and LGBTIQA+ rights activist, writer, educator and consultant. Jax is the co-chair of Inclusive Rainbow Voices: a new organisation for LGBTIQA+ people with disabilities. Jax’s tireless commitment to LGBTIQA+ disability human rights and advocacy has been recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). Jax has served on the Victorian Disability Advisory Council, Victorian Government’s LGBTI Taskforce Health and Human Services Working Group, and the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission’s Disability Reference Group.

In their downtime Jax enjoys creating havoc with their children, reading memoirs and drinking tea from their favourite rainbow mug.

Kim Lee

Kim is a Malaysian-Chinese, Queer, trans, LGBTQIA+ advocate, public speaker, and recipient of the Pride in Diversity’s 2022 OUT Role Model Award. His extensive experience appearing in various national media outlets has given Kim the opportunity to courageously share the many facets of his intersecting identities, creating a window to the world for outsiders to look inwards and see the humanity of being transgender. With 8 years of experience within the banking & finance industry, Kim dedicates his time as an Analyst, principle co-founder to NAB's Trans & Gender-Diverse working group, and national committee member of NAB’s employee resource group NAB Pride.

Kim loves cooking, fermenting, gardening, reading graphic novels/manga, and is a parent to an active (and very adorable) 1 year old.

Michelle McNamara

Michelle is an Honorary Enterprise Fellow at the University of Melbourne, a biotechnology professional providing consultancy services to industry and an LGBTIQA+ activist. She joined TGV as a volunteer in 2015 and has been a committee member since 2016. They chair the advocacy subcommittee of TGV.

Michelle is a practising Buddhist and has a wife of over 40 years and 2 adult children.

A headshot of TGV chair Rochelle Pattison
Rochelle Pattison

A lawyer, Chartered Accountant and corporate advisor, Rochelle originally joined TGV as Treasurer in 2019. Originally from Wagga Wagga, NSW, they seek to promote visibility of transgender persons living their best lives. She has a particular interest in the intersection of transgender participation in sport and is a committee member of Pride Cup.

Rochelle is a parent to two active teenage children and is kept very busy parenting them and transporting them around their many commitments.

Fidan Senova

Fidan is an experienced and dedicated medical doctor, with a rich background in emergency medicine, public health, and a particular focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights. They have a history of working with national and international organisations to improve public health, human rights, and specifically fostering an inclusive approach to LGBTI+ health. Their hands-on experience both in clinical and policy making settings has allowed them to hone skills in patient care, health literacy, and accessibility. Moving into the field of Business and Technology, they have been working in project management, strategic growth and commercial development.

Driven by a passion for sexual health, their future plans are specialising in Sexology to ensure inclusive, culturally-sensitive care for everyone and develop this field, especially within the Turkish cultural context.

Sophie Shrimpton

Sophie is a queer and non-binary advocate. They have 3 years board experience, having spent time on the board of RainbowYOUTH in New Zealand before joining the Trans Victoria team. They currently work in strategic advisory and previously studied law and politics.

Sophie is a kiwi, having jumped over the ditch 2 years ago, and loves hiking, reading and expressing delight at the abundance of Aussie mammals.

Dr. Son Vivienne PhD

Son is proud to have ‘grown into’ their current role as CEO of TGV, having served as Secretary (Volunteer Committee member) and Peer-Support Program Lead. They have a background in film/media production, and research/writing/teaching in academia. They come from white working class roots in far north Queensland and regional South Australia, and they are a staunch ally to have both bio and chosen family with Arrernte and Ngarrindjeri ancestry. Son is neurodiverse, non-binary and a parent to grown and growing kids.

Son loves gardening, bees, dogs, growing things and building shelter.