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Originally hailing from the south coast of Western Australia, Tessa (she/her) is a queer second-generation Australian-Italian woman who is deeply passionate about championing the needs of the LGBTQIA+ community and teaching people to foster respectful relationships.

Tessa attained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology & Gender Studies at the University of Western Australia, and recently completed her postgraduate studies at the leading Australian school of Sexology at Curtin University. Since then, Tessa has developed a diverse portfolio of experience including peer support, community outreach, sexuality education, content development and events management.

Having worked with not-for-profits both in Australia and overseas for more than a decade, Tessa's passion for social change, relentless optimism and warm and empathetic approach to others has made her a highly valued member of the Minus18 team.

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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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