Casey Conway | The Perfect Role Model
As a young boy growing up in central Queensland, Casey Conway
never imagined he would become a contemporary and prominent
Indigenous figure championing LGBTQI rights, campaigning for
sexual health or pinned as a role model for Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander youth. Yet his nomination for LGBTI Celebrity of the
Year in this year’s Australian LGBTI Awards proves that Casey is
being seen as a perfect role model for our community.
Casey knows first-hand the struggles, and often the tragedy, that
comes with being different. Personally and professionally Casey
has dealt with the fallout of youth too fearful to embrace their
sexuality, scared of the repercussions. He remembers what
that felt like and wants to effect change.
As a proud, gay, Aboriginal man, Casey relishes the opportunity
to use the influence modelling has given him to encourage
openness and acceptance not just of sexuality but in life. Casey
knows the freedom of being authentic to himself and wants others
to live that too.
As an Aboriginal man, I stand
firm for my culture and won’t let
the struggles of my mother, my
grandmother and the generations
before me be in vain. I now draw
on that passion to advocate for
change and bring visibility to the
very real struggles faced every
day by LGBTQI people
Casey opened up about issues he is passionate about at the
Queer Thinking ‘EqualiTEA Party’ at the Art Gallery of New South
Wales. The event, which promotes open discussion on queer-centric topics, will also host other LGBTI advocates including Benjamin
Law, Bonnie Hart and Jordan Raskopoulos Casey is also thrilled to be strutting his stuff down Oxford Street this March as part of
the Northern Territory float in the Sydney Mardi Gras. Alongside Miranda Tapsell and infamous Drag Queens Marzi Panne and Miss
Ellaneous, the ‘Northern Territory.
In addition to his nomination for Celebrity of the Year, Casey will also be presenting at the LGBTI Awards, which recognise the corporate
and celebrity role models effecting change around LGBTQI equality in Australia. Casey continues his role as ambassador for the
Northern Territory Aids and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC). The Wet and Dry campaign encourages people to get sexual health checks twice
a year, once in the wet season and one in the dry season.
NTAHC are doing a lot of great work
in the sexual heath space. I am really
happy to know the campaign has
resonated with so many people.
It is so important for people to take
their sexual health seriously.
You can also catch Casey on the small screen as part of MTV
Pride Week, and as a contributor for SBS Sexuality where he
shares his journey of coming out, bullying and other issues
LGBTQI people face.
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