10 great LGBTQI+ advocates
Pride is an opportunity to celebrate diversity and acknowledge the struggle of the people who have come before us and who did so much work for LGBTQIA+ rights and equality.
Embracing diversity supports a wider membership for all individuals to become more comfortable being themselves.
Celebrating Pride Month
Pride Month celebrates the LGBTQI+ community and supports people leading happy, healthy and active lives while celebrating diversity of sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, intersex status, ability, skill, cultural background, ethnicity, location, religious or political beliefs and life stage.
There is a place for everyone, exactly as you are.
Pickstar is the ultimate marketplace to book LGBTQI+ advocates from all aspects of life to enhance your Pride Month celebrations!
We've selected just a few of our favourites below:
Erin Phillips is a dual sporting code superstar. A former professional basketball player and an Australian rules footballer for Adelaide. She represented Australia on the women’s national basketball team, winning a gold medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women.
With the launch of the Australian Football League Women’s (AFLW) competition in 2017, Phillips began her football career and quickly emerged as the league’s best player and one of its biggest stars, winning two premierships and two best and fairest awards in her first three seasons.
"I had a girl come up to me after a game and she was crying and saying how much of a help I’d been to her. I’d never spoken to her before, but she said my acceptance of my own sexuality had enabled her to accept herself more."
Chloe Logarzo has blossomed into a mainstay in the Matilda's lineup. At just 26, Logarzo is already a 2 time W-League champion and has participated at an Asian Cup, The 2016 Rio Olympics, The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup and tasted success at The Tournament Of Nations.
A true pioneer for women's sport. Bec Goddard was notably the AFLW’s Inaugural premiership coach. Bec can do it all - from her work with the Australian Federal Police to various roles with clubs across multiple codes.
Bec is a passionate advocate for diversity and equality in Australian sport and holds the rare title of holding coaching success in two elite women's sports- the AFLW and WNBL. She has championed the rights of women and young girls to play the sport they choose having equal opportunity to engage at the highest level.
Casey Dellacqua retired from professional tennis in 2018 as one of Australia’s most popular and classy representatives. The West Australian was an integral member of the Australian Fed Cup team and a dual Olympian.
Casey and her partner Amanda Judd are mums to three children, Blake, Andie and Jesse. She is a proud advocate for the LGBTQI+ community:
“I hope that if there are people out there and they are struggling with those issues, hopefully I can be a role model in that sense and they can see it’s OK to be happy and be loved and in a loving relationship"
Michelle Heyman is an Australian soccer player and commentator who is passionate about sharing her story. She has played for the Matildas and 11 seasons in the W-League. In 2021, Heyman made history becoming the all-time leading goal-scorer in the Westfield W-League.
Outside of soccer, Michelle is coaching the next generation to hopefully share the same experiences. She was the only openly gay Australian athlete at the 2016 Olympics and a passionate LGBTQI+ ambassador, using her platform and voice to help and support the next generation.
Read what Pride means to Michelle: https://pickstar.pro/au/blog/m...
A high-flying athlete who is grounded by remarkable selflessness, Moana Hope is an inspiration for women and girls everywhere. Moana knows what it takes to be a strong woman. She's an incredibly talented WAFL player, runs her own business all whilst speaking out against sexism.
Mo's story is a heartfelt account of her experience in sport and personal life, she explains how footy and cricket provided an escape from the demands of domestic life and hopes to inspire for future generations.
The courageous leader of the Adelaide Crows AFLW team, Chelsea Randall is one of the superstars of the game. A premiership co-captain and multiple All Australian team member, She was also awarded Most Courteous Player for AFLW in 3 consecutive years. Chelsea was also named All Australian captain in 2018.
An openly gay athlete, Chelsea is an engaging, dynamic and humble presenter, who happily gives her time with audiences to share her stories of leadership, her role within the AFLW and also people on how to create the best version of yourself.
Matthew Mitcham OAM
Matthew Mitcham OAM is the 2008 Olympic champion for 10m platform and the highest single-dive scorer in Olympic history.
Mitcham was known as one of few openly gay athletes at the 2008 Summer Olympics and his story is admired for detailing the struggles of low self esteem, anxiety, depression, self-harm and drug abuse, as well as coming to terms with his sexuality whilst under the international spotlight.
Australian rugby sevens star Ellia Green OAM, is one of the stars of Australian Rugby. She was a pivotal member of the Gold medal winning Women's Rugby 7's at the 2016 Rio games. Described as an elite player with superb athleticism, Green has become one of the benchmark International Rugby superstars.
Ellia is a proud ambassador for gender issues and diversity, understanding her role as an elite athlete to highlight issues and creating a safe environment for everyone.
“I certainly don’t see myself as a role model for gay people or anyone else for that matter, because I just do what I do, but if people see me that way, then that’s great.”
One of the only openly gay elite netballers in Australia, the self-proclaimed “scrappy kid” from the New South Wales town of Bargo. Australian Diamond #166, Ash Brazill is a weapon on the netball court for Collingwood Magpies netball team, and a shutdown merchant on the field for Collingwood’s AFLW team.
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