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    Ms Michelle McNamara

Michelle is an out and proud transgender woman living on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people which were never ceded. Michelle teaches a postgraduate biotechnology course at the University of Melbourne and is also active in diversity and inclusion at the university. Michelle chairs the School of Biosciences Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Comittee, is a member of the Faculty of Science Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is staff co-representative on the Pride in Action Network Committee. Outside of the university, Michelle is a committee member of Queers in Science, Transgender Victoria and the Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council. She is Transgender Victoria representative on the LGBTI Police Reference Group and the City of Banyule LGBTIQ+ Reference panel. Michelle was one of 10 LGBTI elders featured in the full length documentary "The Coming Back Out Ball Movie" which was the closing movie of the 2018 Melbourne International Film Festival and was nationally released in December last year. Michelle is a committed Buddhist and is a contributor to the groundbreaking anthology "Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voices" which will be published in October this year by North Atlantic books. She is also an ambassador for the This Girl Can Vic campaign run by Vic Health to promote women's involvement in physical exercise.


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