about intertwine

intertwine is both an organisation and a network of intersectional organisations working together. we are auspiced by the Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council and have an advisory board consisting of community members. see who’s on the crew below.

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Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council

We are grateful for the support of the Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Committee.

First People's Disability Network

First People's Disability Network

Scott Avery from the First People’s Disability Network provided video for our launch.

Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare

Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare

We are proud to have a reciprocal membership with the Centre.

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Our Story

intertwine was co-created via two open design sessions held in Sydney and Melbourne. Participants included Irene Hoh (AGMC), Jax Jacki Brown (Disability and Queer Activist), Sally Goldner (TGV), Dominic Wy Kanak (First Nations Councillor, Waverley Council), Mehreen Faruqi (NSW Senator), Kane Race and Anna Hickey-Moody (Sydney University), Jackson Fairchild (then-VAC, now No To Violence), Claudine Chionh and Viv Smythe.

We aimed for intersectionality and diversity in the workshops. People of colour, first nations people and disabled people were under-represented.

  • Gender diversity 70% 70%
  • Ethnic diversity 38% 38%
  • Sexuality diversity 54% 54%
  • Disability diversity 38% 38%
  • Overall diversity score 50% 50%

Our advisory board

Claudine Chionh

Claudine Chionh

Interests: communities of faith, race, gender

Claudine is a queer feminist Christian woman of colour, living on Wurundjeri land. She is a data analyst, academic and lover of cats and coffee. She is currently working on her PhD.

Ki Hayward

Ki Hayward

Interests: disability, gender, sexuality, housing

Ki is an advocate from Geelong, and a disability and LGBTIQ activist, mostly around young people in nursing homes, housing and marriage equality among others. 
Rafeif Ismail

Rafeif Ismail

Interests: race, gender, migration

Rafeif Ismail is a writer and poet. She is a third-culture child of the Sudanese diaspora and has held workshops on writing characters of colour at various Writers’ Festivals.
Ashley Waite

Ashley Waite

Interests: neurodiversity, intersex rights

Ashley is an autistic activist and advocate. She is passionate about disability rights, intersex rights and inclusion. She is also a polymath who enjoys her whiskey.

Jay Chamings

Jay Chamings

Interests: wealth inequality, disability, gender

Jay is a trans, queer, disabled activist who is passionate about class and structural socioeconomic impacts on community participation.

Maybe you?

Maybe you?

Researcher, volunteer, superstar

intertwine is always looking for talented humans to get involved, whether as advisory board members or as volunteers — right now we’re looking for researchers and web coders.

Our team

Rosanne Bersten

Rosanne Bersten

Founder & spokesperson

Rosanne Bersten is a queer Jewish person with autism and ADHD. She has been an activist and communications strategist for more than 20 years.

Rebecca Carroll-Bell

Rebecca Carroll-Bell

Mediator

Rebecca Carroll-Bell is looking to shine a light into the Australian workplace culture that allows bullying to run rampant.