Relaunching lunches

Julie worked at the ABC for 50 years (Supplied: ABC).

An Australian Broadcasting Corporation veteran and transgender legend Julie Peters has been announced as the first guest speaker to kick off this year’s Birds of a Feather events.

The lunch will be held at the Victoria Hotel Woodend, on Thursday, March 7 at 12pm. Entry is free and meals and drinks are at bar prices.

Now in her 70s Julie has had an interesting and varied career, and will be sharing her story at the lunch.

Julie worked at the ABC for 50 years and in her late 30s she became the first employee there to openly transition.

This was at a time when there was little understanding around what it meant to be transgender, few role models or allies, and no organisational policies in the organisation to support her.

As well working behind the scenes at the ABC, she is a doctoral researcher in public health and the anthropology of gender/transgender, a teacher, sessional academic, cabaret performer, writer, parliamentary candidate and environmentalist.

Birds of a Feather offers the opportunity for adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex to come together in a safe and affirming space, to share stories and feel a sense of belonging.

The events are organised by Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health’s Country LGBTIQA+ Inclusion Program (CLIP).

RSVPs are essential.

Details: Contact: or 5421 1666.