Don't miss Jordan Raskopoulos at CBR Fair Day!
AIDS Action Council, along with our sponsors and event partners are proud to announce Jordan Raskopoulos will be joining us at CBR Fair Day as our Special Host!
What do you see as the value of LGBTIQ+ pride events to the community?
Pride events are very important. They're an opportunity for community to come together,celebrate and have fun but they will always be an act of demonstration as well. There are still battles ahead in securing rights for parts of our community and there are people in our society who want us to regress and take away the rights that we've fought so hard for and it is important for us to diligently and perpetually demonstrate that we are proud of who we are.
Do you have a fun story or reflection about a pride event you have attended?
The first time I participated in the Sydney Mardi Gras parade I was invited to be on a float with Lucy Lawless. However I'd also committed to skating with my friends on the roller derby float. So I marched in the parade twice! The first time with Lucy, in my lovely sparkly gown, then I ran back to the starting area, changed cloths, strapped on my skates and did the whole thing again.
What do you like most about performing at this type of event?
I love performing at LGBTIQ+ events. There's always such an amazing energy when people come together to celebrate the fact that we are proud of who we are.
There are so many colours in the rainbow and it's wonderful to celebrate human diversity.
What makes you laugh about Canberra?
I love Canberra, it's a rad place. You got those milkshakes*, milkshakes are good! And... ummm... Questacon.
[EDITOR's note: We've chosen not to let Jordan know that the milkshakes she's referring too are tragically no longer available, because we're that excited about having her join us at CBR Fair Day!]
Read More About Jordan
Jordan started her career as a comedian in 2005, and over the years has had success as an actor, singer, voice-over artist, writer, filmmaker, journalist, advocate, influencer and speaker. Basically, she has worn just about every creative hat there is, including a roller derby phenomenon! But please, don’t ask her to dance!
Jordan is possibly best known as the lead singer of the musical comedy group The Axis of Awesome and as the principal writer and performer of The Ronnie John’s Half Hour. She has also appeared on Thank God You’re Here, Good News Week, Get Krak!n and The Checkout. She has toured extensively, including sell-out performances at all the world’s major comedy festivals, including The Edinburg Fringe Festival, Just for Laughs and The Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
In February 2016 she came out as transgender. Since then she has become a role model to LGBTIQ+ people by being open and genuine about her life and experiences. She is a proud ambassador for Twenty10 and Wear it Purple Day. In 2017 she was a parade ambassador for Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and worked with Medibank on their Better with a Kiss campaign for Mardi Gras 2018.
Jordan uses humor to build understanding and generate discussion on a range of difficult topics. In 2017 she delivered a hugely popular Ted talk about high functioning anxiety, she is host of This is About on Radio National, and has produced a web series called Transplaining.
Jordan is also has a huge online presence, with over 500,000 followers. The Axis of Awesome video 4 Chords has racked up over 100 Million hits.