Jax Brown (they/them) is an esteemed disability and LGBTQIA+ rights activist, writer, educator and consultant. Their tireless commitment to LGBTIQA+ disability human rights and advocacy has been recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).
Jax utilises their experience as a queer, trans wheelchair user to explore intersectional identities. They view disability as a socio-political issue of intersectional equality, access, and human rights.
Jax also runs their own business in LGBTIQA+ disability rights and inclusion where they provide sought after guest speaking, education, workshops and training for community members and allies.
Jax is the co-chair of Inclusive Rainbow Voices: a new organisation for LGBTIQA+ people with disabilities. They have served on the Victorian Disability Advisory Council, Victorian Government’s LGBTI Taskforce Health and Human Services Working Group, and the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission’s Disability Reference Group.
Jax’s work has been published widely online and in several anthologies: Queer Disability Anthology (2015), QueerStories: Reflections on Lives Well Lived from Some of Australia’s Finest LGBTIQA+ Writers (2018), Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories (2019), Growing up Queer in Australia (2019) and We’ve Got This: Stories by Disabled Parents (2022).
Their memoir in the making, ‘Exile and Pride’ received Runner Up in the category ‘Self Told Stories by Writers with a Disability’ in the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards 2022.
Queer Writing Unconference
Dion Kagan, Juliana Qian (Lia Incognita), Tim Christodoulou, Quinn Eades, Jax Jacki Brown, Amy Middleton, Crusader Hillis
Parliament: Melbourne, 2008
Alison Croggon, Beth Driscoll, Lili Wilkinson, Lachlann Carter, Christine Gordon, Marian Blythe, Shalini Kunahlan, Sam Cooney, Jax Jacki Brown, Sista Zai Zanda, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Elizabeth Flux, Claire G. Coleman, Justine Hyde, Candy Bowers, Emilie Collyer, Kirsty Murray, Eleanor Jackson, Alia Gabres
Parliament: Melbourne, 2018
Alison Croggon, Beth Driscoll, Christine Gordon, Lili Wilkinson, Lachlann Carter, Marian Blythe, Shalini Kunahlan, Sam Cooney, Jax Jacki Brown, Sista Zai Zanda, Elizabeth Flux, Claire G. Coleman, CB Mako, Justine Hyde, Candy Bowers, Emilie Collyer, Kirsty Murray, Alia Gabres, Eleanor Jackson