Dancing With The Stars 2019: Courtney's Dancing For Indigenous LGBTI Suicide Prevention
She's known for bringing awareness to those without a voice, and now drag icon Courtney Act reveals exactly why she's dancing for Black Rainbow Australia.
Courtney Act has been a frontrunner for Dancing With The Stars ever since she sashayed onto the DF alongside her dance partner Josh, tearing up the floor with a jive routine to “Feel It Still” by Portugal the Man and climbing to the top of the leaderboard.
With the winner of the competition taking out a whopping $50,000 -- which will go to the winner's chosen charity -- Courtney spoke to 10 daily about why she chose to work with Black Rainbow, an organisation that aims to prevent suicide and non-suicidal self-harm for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who identify as LGBTQI+.
"As a queer person, I know that having allies is a really important part of reducing oppression and fostering inclusion," she explained.
"I've done a bunch of videos about how to be a gay rights ally, or about feminism -- about things that aren't necessarily just about me -- and I realised that we all do share a common struggle," she added.
"I'd been following Black Rainbow on Instagram for a while and I thought that it would be the perfect opportunity, because there are a few queer organisations, but these guys also support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth," she continued.
Act then went on to explain the importance of using her massive platform to create a difference when it comes to minority groups since they do often intersect but may not have a voice.
"In 2019, I feel like the way forward is to not just think about ourselves, but about people who are different from us and think about how we can all amplify each other's voices."
"It's a narrative that needs more attention I think," she said, adding, "And [Black Rainbow] do things as simple as like providing [phone] credit to young, queer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids to keep them connected to their families and get them in touch with online services and things like that."
"Online communities can be so important for young, queer people in isolated areas to get information. Being a queer person in society is challenging -- and being an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person can be challenging, but to be both black and queer brings an entirely new set of challenges -- both in society and internally -- for that person," she said.
Dancing With The Stars airs 7.30PM Monday on 10 and 10 play.
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