“To understand just one life, you have to swallow the world – Salman Rushdie”
Kaya Wilson is a writer, scientist and speaker based in Sydney, Australia. Kaya’s writing can be found in numerous publications including The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, Archer, SBS and Overland. He is known for his ability to tackle complex issues with compassion and to write about LGBTQIA+ perspectives with clarity. Whether reviewing Still Point Turning: The Catherine McGregor story or exploring the history of gay saunas, Kaya draws on his lived experience as a transgender man and his analysis of a broader political context, to provide the reader with unique and perceptive insights.
Kaya performs as a storyteller and has been heard at events such asQueerstories, Trans Stories and has been interviewed on the Tonightly show. His knowledge of evidence based healthcare and advocacy for the transgender community has also lead to appearances on the Black Dog Institute Expert Insights gender diversity panel, UNSW Pillowtalk events and his written review of ACON’s CheckOUT clinic.
Currently pursuing his PhD, Kaya’s training as a scientist has provided him with the skills to discern evidence from conjecture and identify institutional knowledge gaps in relation to transgender identities and healthcare. His work in tsunami science is well respected in Australia and he works regularly with federal government and state emergency services. Kaya’s science writing has been published by The Conversation and his research is currently under review with major international journals.
Trans stories: http://www.mardigras.org.au/events/trans-stories-40-years
Speaking topics: Diversity, gender issues, equality, inspirational, LGBTQIA+, male privilege, men’s issues, queer thinking, science, social justice, transgender issues, unconscious bias.
Kaya lives in Sydney, Australia and is available to speak nationally and internationally.