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National Field Director, The Equality Campaign
Patrick is the National Field Director for the Equality Campaign and has 13 years of political and advocacy campaign experience in Australia and the United States. Prior to this role he was the Field Director for the Recognise campaign and NSW Labor during the 2013 Federal Election. Patrick spent four years living in the U.S. working on various campaigns including the 2012 Obama campaign as a Regional Field Director. He also worked for U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett and was an organiser for the successful Minnesotans United marriage equality referendum.
LGBTQIA+ campaigner, GetUp
Sally Rugg is a LGBTQIA+ rights campaigner, activist and public speaker. She is the Creative Director at GetUp, overseeing their video, social media and public narrative work, and leads the campaign for marriage equality. Her work was instrumental in parliament blocking legislation for a plebiscite in 2016. Sally regularly speaks at LGBTQIA+ rights rallies and events, helps lead the community campaign to save the Safe Schools program, and volunteers with LGBTQIA+ youth at Twenty10. She received the Young Achiever Award at the 2016 Honour Awards, was named in TimeOut's 40 under 40 and was number 5 on LOTL's Lesbian Power List. In 2017 she has been named as one of Australia's most influential LGBTQIA+ people by Cosmopolitan Magazine and Mamamia.
Founder, Muslims for Marriage Equality
Fahad Ali is a geneticist, writer and activist, and the founder of Muslims for Marriage Equality. His entry into advocacy work began at university, where he led the first official University of Sydney entry into the Sydney Mardi Gras and established the Glitter Gala, the student union’s first annual ball for queer students and their friends. Fahad has been recognised as an honorary citizen of the City of Bethlehem for his peace advocacy work on Palestine and Israel, and currently serves as the Director of Marketing for women’s hygiene charity KindNecessities.