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Meg-an (they/them) is a champion for LGBTQIA+ youth, bringing their extensive youth housing, homelessness, education and employment experience to Minus18.

Specialising in youth work and program development, Meg-an’s passion is supporting socially isolated young people – particularly those facing psycho-social barriers – to achieve stability and a sense of meaning in their lives. It’s through providing safe spaces for young people that they are truly able to thrive and feel empowered. To Meg-an, this means engaging with the broader community through education and knowledge sharing in order to live the dream of a world where all LGBTQIA+ youth are celebrated and respected.

Having grown up in rural NSW, Meg-an moved to Naarm as a young queer person searching for a community in which they could truly be themselves. This experience has led Meg-an to be driven by the need for educated and safe communities for queer people and their allies, in every corner of the world, near and far.

This country upbringing might have created an aversion to country music, but it’s instilled a deep love for all things nature – hiking, walks along the beach with their rescue greyhound, having a boogie, cooking up vegan feasts, and listening to (non-country) music. They’re always up for a chat about all things yoga, adventuring, music, coffee, and tattoos!

Starting as a volunteer Youth Worker with Minus18 in 2015, Meg-an’s role has grown with the Minus18 family, now leading the staff and volunteer team as Operations Manager.

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Minus18 is located on the land of the Yalakut Weelam Clan of the Boon Wurrung peoples, Australia’s First People and Traditional Custodians. We acknowledge their continued connection and contribution to land, water and community, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded; this always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.

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