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First Nations Voice to Parliament

As an education charity supporting young LGBTQIA+ Australians to achieve their full potential, The Pinnacle Foundation recognises the importance of having a voice in the decisions that affect our lives. We know from our lived experience of the marriage equality plebiscite how challenging and stressful it can be to have our rights and dignity put to a public vote. We also know how empowering and uplifting it can be to have our voices heard and respected. 

Barriers to education continue to exist for LGBTQIA+ young people, especially those from intersectional communities, including LGBTQIA+ First Nations people. Listening to voices from these communities will encourage better educational outcomes.  

That is why we support the Voice to Parliament referendum, which would amend the Australian Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice. The Voice would be an independent and permanent advisory body advising the Parliament and Government on matters that affect the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including more equitable educational outcomes.

We are proud to have many Indigenous scholars, alumni and supporters in our Pinnacle family, who are inspiring role models and leaders in their communities and fields. We stand with them and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in their quest for recognition, representation and respect.

Sujin Jang

Sujin Jang

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Caitlyn Georgeson

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IDAHOBIT 2022

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Profile: Lee Taube (they/them) – Pinnacle alumnus

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Beyond the Rainbow

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Jacinta Clark

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Scholar Welcome 2021 – ACT

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Odette Maher

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End of Year Fundraiser 2023 – NSW

Last Monday night, the Sydney Committee hosted a spectacular End Of Year Cocktail fundraiserOur incredible…

Brenda Appleton

Trans Day of Visibility

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Midsumma Parade and Melbourne Pride

The Pinnacle Foundation’s Victorian committee joined this year’s Midsumma Festival Pride March. With a marching…

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David Edwards

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Bronte Charles

Bronte Charles

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Brisbane Pride Festival March 2021

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Lorraine Hall

Lorraine Hall

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Coming out as gay to my parents: Brayden’s story – SBS

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Rhian on Studio 10 – Wear It Purple Day 2022

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Her Excellency the Hon Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria

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Rhian Mordaunt

Rhian Mordaunt

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Louise Fisher and Peter Maher

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Anu Francis

Anu Francis

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MEDIA RELEASE

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Hayden Moon

Hayden Moon

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The Honourable Justice Thomas Bradley

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Lili Murtagh

Lili Murtagh

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Picnic For Pinnacle – VIC

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Andy Tran

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Picnic For Pinnacle

Things are in full swing with Picnic for Pinnacle. Picnics are being hosted by supporters…

Partners’ Dinner 2023 – Sydney

Last night in Sydney, at our annual partners’ dinner, we thanked our corporate and philanthropic…

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Scott Aldred and Zac Hayes

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The History of The Pinnacle Foundation

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A message from the Governor of Victoria (Patron-in-Chief of The Pinnacle Foundation): Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

On behalf of the people of Victoria, I extend my sincere condolences to His Majesty…

Arthur Forrest

Arthur Forrest

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End of Year Event 2023 – TAS

Last Wednesday, the Tasmanian Committee lit up the night at our End of Year event,…

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Mardi Gras & World Pride 2023

Truly a night to remember. The Pinnacle Foundation marched in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian…

End of Year Fundraiser 2023 – QLD

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Oliver McGrath

Oliver McGrath

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Midsumma Carnival Day – VIC

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Caiti Galwey

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TasPride 2023

So great to see the Tasmanian Pinnacle Foundation family out and proud (very colourfully) at…

A Country Practice – Dr Jacinta Clark

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Out For Australia 30 Under 30 Award

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Mardi Gras 2022

If you’re anything like us, reliving the amazing Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Pride…

Penny Wilson

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Power of words – King & Wood Mallesons

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Profile: Han Worsely – Pinnacle alumnus

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WA Pride March 2023

The Western Australian Committee stood strong and recently marched at the WA Pride March. With…

Dr Glen Lo

Dr Glen Lo

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Mardi Gras Fair Day 2023

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Picnic For Pinnacle – SA

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Midsumma Pride March 2023

The Pinnacle Foundation marched proudly (and rather colourfully) in Victoria’s Midsumma Pride March. Scholars, alumni,…

Mardi Gras 2021

The Pinnacle Foundation participated in our first ever #SydneyMardiGras and what an amazing night it…

Gabin Soosaipillai

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Isabella Kotasek

Isabella (Izzy) Kotasek

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Scholar Welcome 2023 – Victoria

On the evening of 21st March, The Pinnacle Foundation welcomed its incoming and returning scholars…

MEDIA RELEASE

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The extraordinary joy of being considered ordinary

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Laura Cripps

August 2019

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Scholar Welcome 2023 – ACT

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Article posted in the Star Observer (August 17, 2020)

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Caitlyn Georgeson

Caitlyn Georgeson

Caitlyn took part in The Pinnacle Foundation’s Scholarship program during 2014-2017 while undertaking a Bachelor…

Nathan Li

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Cameron Tirendi

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Jennifer Westacott AO, Patron of The Pinnacle Foundation

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End of Year Fundraiser 2023 – WA

As we bid farewell to another incredible year, the Western Australian Committee celebrated in style…

Murray Gatt

Murray Gatt

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Angel St. James

Angel St James

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Picnic For Pinnacle 2023

Picnic for Pinnacle featured as a Pride Amplified event, part of Sydney WorldPride, and we…

Cornerstone Members & Patrons Dinner

On Tuesday 8 August we held our annual Cornerstone members and patrons dinner. The event,…

Alan Joyce AC, Patron of The Pinnacle Foundation

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Picnic For Pinnacle 2022

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Partners’ Dinner 2023 – Melbourne

On Wednesday night, The Pinnacle Foundation, Australia’s LGBTQIA+ education charity, hosted its annual partners’ dinner…

Hannah Worsley

Hannah Worsley

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Midsumma Pride March 2024

Over the weekend The Pinnacle Foundation’s Victorian Committee joined with scholars, alumni and partner reps…

Nic Steepe

Nic Steepe

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Alastair Lawrie

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Connor Allen

Connor Allen

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End of Year Fundraiser 2023 – ACT

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James Holland

James Holland

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Brayden’s Story

Brayden cannot remember exactly what he put in the note to his mum. It was,…

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Renae Papalexiou

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Georgie Stone OAM

Congratulations to Georgie Stone OAM, a Pinnacle Foundation ambassador and alumnus, who was last night…

Georg Tamm

Georg Tamm

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Lewis McFarlane

Lewis McFarlane

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Hayden Moon

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Scholar Welcome 2023 – WA

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Scholar Welcome 2022

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End of Year Fundraiser 2023 – VIC

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The inaugural LGBTQIA+ Executive Fellowship, a one-week intensive executive leadership program developed by The University of…

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Ben Bjarnesen

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Brisbane Pride Festival 2022

This year, the Pinnacle Foundation again participated in Brisbane Pride March. Our Queensland committee was…

Scholar Welcome 2023 – QLD

On 23 March, The Pinnacle Foundation welcomed its incoming and returning scholars in Queensland at…

TasPride 2024

Over the weekend The Pinnacle Foundation family in Tasmania proudly marched at TasPride. Our Tasmanian…

Nathan Cappelluti Photo

Nathan Cappelluti

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Dylan Lloyd

Dylan Lloyd

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