Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Ghassan Kassisieh

Ghassan Kassisieh

Legal Director, Equality Australia

Equality Australia’s Legal Director Ghassan Kassisieh has been involved in over a decade of LGBTIQ advocacy alongside a commercial litigation career in Australia and overseas. 

As Policy and Development Coordinator at the NSW Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby in 2007-09, he advocated for same-sex relationship and parenting reforms in NSW and nationally.  In commercial practice, he continued his LGBTIQ advocacy through pro bono matters, including the successful C v Australia petition to the UN Human Rights Committee on Australia’s failure to recognise same-sex couples married overseas for the purposes of divorce proceedings.

Ghassan teaches in public law and is an author on the legal recognition of same-sex couples and their children, Australian refugee decisions on the basis of sexual orientation and homophobia in Arabic-speaking communities.

Dr Jo Olson-Kennedy

Dr Jo Olson-Kennedy

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD is an Adolescent Medicine physician specializing in the clinical care of gender diverse children and transgender youth. Board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Olson-Kennedy an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the USC Keck School of Medicine. She is the Medical Director of The Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, the largest transgender youth clinic in the United States and has been providing medical intervention for transgender youth and young adults including puberty suppression and gender affirming hormones for the past fifteen years. Dr. Olson-Kennedy has appeared frequently on national television, and spoken locally and internationally to educate providers, parents, and other communities about the needs of transgender youth.

Prof. Noah Riseman

Prof. Noah Riseman

Australian Catholic University

Noah Riseman is a professor of history at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, where he specialises in histories of gender, sexuality and race. He is the author or co-author of 6 books, including most recently Pride in Defence: Australian LGBTI Military Service since 1945 (Melbourne University Press, 2020) and Serving in Silence? Australian LGBT Servicemen and Women (NewSouth Publishing, 2018). Since 2018 Professor Riseman has been chief investigator on an Australian Research Council-funded project titled ‘Transgender Australians: The History of an Identity’, along with partner investigator Dr Fintan Harte of AusPATH. The project is examining the changing medical, legal, social, media and living experiences of trans and gender diverse people in Australia since the early twentieth century. One of the promised outputs of that project is a report on the history of transgender healthcare in Australia, which he is proud to present to AusPATH.