13th Bendigo Queer Film Festival 8 - 24 April 2016

Patrons Breakfast

Sunday 24th April
@ Capital Theatre banquet room
Guest Patron - Jason Ball

A relaxed morning soirée offers the chance to meet and converse with influential LGBTIQ supporters, gay icons or celebrities in a relaxed and intimate setting. Arrive at 10am for breakfast followed by a talk from the patron.

Jason Ball - Patron of BQFF for 2016

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Since taking that stand, Jason has became a national figurehead on matters relating to homophobia in sport, shining a light on the devastating impact that discrimination has on the mental health and well-being of young people who are same-sex attracted and gender diverse.
In 2013, Jason was appointed an ambassador for BeyondBlue, to speak about issues of mental health, in schools, sporting clubs and at conferences around Australia. He is also highly sought after in the corporate world, and has delivered keynote addresses to numerous ASX Top 100 companies including ANZ, the Commonwealth Bank, Macquarie Group and Westpac. He was also a speaker at the 2014 Amnesty International Human Rights Conference.
In 2014, Jason became the first ambassador for Safe Schools Coalition Australia, a national program that aims to make schools more inclusive for LGBTI youth.
In 2015, Jason embarks on a new journey to be the next Member of Parliament for the electorate of Higgins. 

We are very pleased to announce that our patron for the 13th Bendigo Queer Film Festival will be Jason Ball.

Jason Ball is best known as the pioneering LGBTI advocate who in 2012 became the first Aussie Rules footballer at any level of the game to publicly come out as gay. Ball used this platform to launch a national campaign to challenge homophobia in sport and drive cultural change that has led to major advances in the AFL’s commitment to creating a more inclusive environment for all players and supporters.

Archive of past patrons of the BQFF

Christine Nixon


Christine really needs no introduction. As the first woman Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police she was also the first Chief Commissioner to show outward support in our community when she march alongside the Victorian Police Force members at the 2009 Midsumma festival.

Although she herself is heterosexual, she has demonstrated her support to the gay and lesbian community by stating, “What I'm doing is supporting decent and reasonable people who want to get on with their lives, and they have been treated appallingly previously by the Police, and I'm prepared to do something about it. And if it's a small symbol of marching with them, then that would be a reasonable thing to do.”

Christine Nixon has appeared on television many times over the years. Programmes have included Australian Story, One on One, Q&A and Compass. Recently Christine was interviewed for Bottom Line, a series of interviews with prominent people.

Christine will be speaking about her role in changing the culture of the Victorian Police force to become more accepting and supportive of the LGBTI community.

Guest Speaker

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Pauline Crameri
Research and Community Liaison Officer
Sexual Health and Ageing program, La Trobe University

Pauline Crameri works as part of the Sexual Health and Ageing program at the Australian Centre in Sex, Health and Society at Latrobe University.

Through research, education and advocacy the program aims to improve the health and wellbeing of older people through recognition of their rights to: sexual expression, sexual and gender diversity, freedom from sexual violence and to have information about sexually transmissible infections.

One of the focus areas of the program is
Val’s Café, a program that specifically promotes the health and wellbeing of older LGBTI Australians.

Pauline previously worked in the local government, home and community care sector in service planning and delivery for older people and people with a disability where she has practical experience in LGBTI service development including leading a service to achieve a Rainbow Tick.

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