Nathan Despott (he/they)

A photograph of Nathan Despott standing in front of  a tree

Nathan Despott is a co-founder of Brave Network, an Australian support and advocacy body for survivors of conversion practices. He is also a co-author of the SOGICE Survivor Statement and a research fellow working on the National Conversion Ideology and Practices Research Project based at La Trobe University. 

Nathan has worked in disability organisations for 15 years and has co-managed a range of projects with LGBTIQA+ people with intellectual disability, including and Our Rainbow Lives. 

From 2013 to 2021, Nathan led a team of survivor advocates, allies, Christian and LGBTIQA+ community leaders, and policy professionals to successfully advocate for the Change and Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Act, the law in Victoria (Australia) now recognised as the strongest of its kind. He is passionate about ensuring that government interventions into conversion practices are well defined, reflect the experiences and expertise of survivors, and are effective at combating the messages and ideology that drive harm. 

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