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Rainbow Reflections

40 years of LGBTI History

Thursday 22nd February 2018, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

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Over the last 40 years, the LGBTI community has achieved a great deal. However, most would agree there is still much to be done.

Please join us for this special event, in partnership with Lander & Rogers Lawyers, as we reflect on our past 40 years history in the context of the Sydney LGBTI community, and immerse ourselves in our Rainbow Reflections.

Join panellists from such fields as business, media, the law, policing, politics, 78-er’s, and religion as we discuss the major hurdles we’ve overcome, and then consider the future, to see how far we must go for equality in the broader community.

Discounted pricing is available for students. Book now on Eventbrite. SGLBA member ticket-holders must have a current Associate/Networker or Business membership on the date of the event to secure their FREE or discounted ticket.


The University of Sydney, University Place
The Quadrangle Building, General Lecture Theatre
Camperdown, NSW 2050


Jodylee Bartal – Special Counsel

Assistant Commissioner – Anthony Crandell

Robyn Kennedy – 78er

Katherine Maver – IBM

Dean Smith – Senator for Western Australia

Sam Turner – Westpac Group


Sebastian Rice – Star Observer


Anthony Venn-Brown – Author

This event is proudly sponsored by:


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Jodylee Bartal – Special Counsel, Lander & Rogers

Jodylee is an experienced family and relationship lawyer and an accredited family law specialist. She advises in relation to all issues involving married and de facto couples, including same-sex couples.

Jodylee’s practice covers everything relating to separation and divorce.  She assists clients with parenting disputes, including IVF and surrogacy, and advises on all aspects of property disputes and related financial issues,  such as spousal maintenance and binding financial agreements.  

Jodylee is also a Board Member of StartOut Australia, a charity aimed at building the resilience and self-acceptance of young people of diverse sexuality and gender. 

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Anthony Crandell – Assistant Commissioner, NSW Police Force

Assistant Commissioner Anthony Crandell has been appointed as the Commander, Education and Training since August, 2017. Attesting as a Probationary Constable at the Goulburn Police Academy on the 6 February, 1987, Mr Crandell commenced his police career performing general duties at Flemington and Auburn before working in the Special Operations Group at Bankstown and then in plain clothes at Bass Hill. 

In 2005 Mr Crandell was promoted to rank of Superintendent as the Local Area Commander, Deniliquin.  In 2008 he was appointed Commander at Kings Cross LAC and in 2010 as Commander, Surry Hills LAC where his responsibilities include management of the largest prisoner handling and exhibit storage facilities in NSW, policing major events at the SCG and Allianz Stadium, and policing a 24 hour entertainment precinct. 

He was appointed the Corporate Spokesperson for Sexuality and Gender Diversity in 2013 and continues to improve relationships between police and the LGBTI community. He consistently drives community events such as Mardi Gras and Wear it Purple Day to promote the prevention of youth suicide. 

Mr Crandell holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and has undertaken the Police Executive Leadership Program at the Australian Institute of Police Management. He also holds a Diploma of Law and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and has been admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of NSW since 2001. 

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Robyn Kennedy – 78er

Robyn Kennedy has worked at senior levels in both the public and not for profit sector working across social and affordable housing, homelessness, Aboriginal housing, disability and health; with particular expertise in public policy and sustainable social outcomes. 

Robyn’s career choices and voluntary involvement have been informed by a commitment to addressing issues related to social justice and civil rights. Within this context, she has worked closely with Aboriginal communities, United Nations advocacy bodies and the Asian Women’s Human Rights Council.

Robyn is a proud 78er with a long history of involvement in LGBTIQ activism commencing in 1975 when she joined the Executive Committee of CAMP NSW. She was an active member of the Gay Task Force and is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of First Mardi Gras, a community not for profit association for 78ers. Robyn was elected to the Board of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in September 2017.

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Katherine Maver – Senior Managing Consultant at IBM

Katherine is an experience Senior Project Manager who is a member of the Complex Programme Management practice within IBM. She is highly respected in IBM as a person who is driven and can deliver projects without the compromise of quality. 

Currently she is working at the A/NZ GBS Demand and Fulfilment Lead which looks at the pipeline of work and the associated management system.

Katherine is also the A/NZ Lead of IBM’s Employee Alliance for LGBTI Empowerment otherwise known as EAGLE. This is a Business Resource Group for LGBTI employees and their allies at IBM. Where the objective is to promote a safe and open working environment for our members and all employees, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The aim is to foster a strong sense of community within IBM and to facilitate networking, mentoring and ongoing education.

Katherine is an active member of the Trans community since transitioning 25yrs ago, and she uses her standing in the corporate world to influence to effect change and continue the fight of equality in the workplace. In 2017, Katherine also launched “The Diversity Shift” which is a public speaking and mentoring company, which sole aim is to shift the conversation around diversity from tolerance to acceptance.

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Sebastian Rice – Chairman, Star Observer

Sebastian is one of the LGBTI community’s most experienced and respected leaders. He has been a very active independent board member for the Star Observer since 2009, and the Chairman since 2013. Prior to that, he was an independent director for Queer Screen between 2002 and 2009, and President for several years.

In addition to his work in the not-for-profit space, Sebastian has worked in senior executive roles for more than 20 years in the technology industry. Since 2001, Sebastian has owned and led a specialist Marketing and Public Relations agency focused on the needs of technology and professional services firms.

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Dean Smith – Senator for Western Australia

Dean Smith was appointed a Liberal Senator for Western Australia in May 2012 and was the first openly gay member of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party.

His parliamentary career to date has seen him lead opposition to constitutional recognition of local government (2013), champion reforms to Australia’s free speech laws (2015), propose reform to Federal/State financial arrangements (2016) and successfully propose a Private Senator’s Bill to allow the legislation for same-sex marriage in Australia (2017).

Senator Smith has been a champion of broader LGBTI issues in his role as Chair of the Parliamentary Liaison Group for HIV/AIDS, BBVs and STIs including working to end the stigma and discrimination often experienced by those living with HIV and AIDS and successfully argued for improved funding of LGTBI mental health and well-being services following the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. He also served as a Director of the SGLBA during the mid-2000’s.

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Sam Turner – Head of Inclusion & Diversity Westpac Group

Sam is passionate about equality and believes that everyone has the right to feel comfortable and included in work-life conversations and culture, and that organisations have a responsibility to foster an inclusive environment.

Sam has been with Westpac for three years, prior to her current role she was the Business Manager for NSW Regional and ACT Retail banking and has also held various senior roles at NAB, BHP, and Deloitte.

Sam was the Overall Winner of the 2016 Internal Westpac Women of Influence Awards for her thought leadership and execution in the Inclusion & Diversity space. She holds an Honours degree in Business, and a Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology.

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Anthony Venn-Brown – Faith/Sexuality Thought Leader | Author | Speaker

In a previous life Anthony Venn-Brown was a high profile preacher in Australia’s mega-churches, such as Hillsong. For 22 years he tried desperately to change his sexual orientation through psychiatric treatment, ‘ex-gay’ programs, exorcisms and 16 years of marriage.

Falling in love with a man at the age of 40 forced him to face the reality that had been buried deep in denial. He resigned from the ministry and came out.

Anthony’s bestselling autobiography ‘A Life of Unlearning’, now in its third edition, has had a profound impact on multiple 1,000’s globally; both gay and straight.

Anthony is the founder and CEO of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International (ABBI), educating churches and Christian leaders about sexual orientation and gender identity and assisting LGBTI people resolve faith/sexuality conflict.

Anthony has been recognised numerous times for his contribution to creating acceptance and equality including being twice voted one of the 25 Most Influential Gay & Lesbian Australians.

The SGLBA would like to thank the following companies for their generous support of this event.