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Originally hailing from the south-western region of Western Australia, Tessa (she/her) is a queer woman with a life-long passion for championing the needs of the LGBTIQ community.

Interested in fostering respectful relationships (with an education in gender studies, psychology and sexology under her belt), Tessa is most in her element when helping to empower others to create positive change in their respective communities. Working within not-for-profits both domestically and internationally for more than a decade has taught her how to fuel an individual's fire for change and foster an enduring sense of positivity within her work.

Outside of Minus18, Tessa has an affinity for travelling with the world of Fringe Festivals and allows this side-hustle to justify her deep love for all things glittery and whimsical. When she's not under the big top, Tessa feels most at home by the ocean – but can be tempted to sit still almost anytime by a stack of books and a rainy day.

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