Brodie wants all LGBTQIA+ people living in the country to feel like they can belong.
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The 14-year-old gay, nonbinary boy is well-known in Warragul, which is just east of Melbourne.
Last year, he started an awareness-raising campaign for businesses in Gippsland that were struggling through the pandemic.
He’s also an advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community and young people and has carved a reputation as a fierce fashionista.
Brodie shares his feelings about being able to express himself through his clothes and feeling accepted by his community.
When I was about three or four, I started playing teachers — I was never the male teacher, I was always the female teacher.
I was always in the costume box and playing with all the dresses at kinder … so it started there.
I was very shy at the time and would wear feminine clothes in my bedroom. No one would ever know.
I found some cool brands last year that I loved, and decided to start purchasing their products.
I love putting things together, playing in colour, and being able support Melbourne and Australian business.
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I love wearing high heels because they just make me feel confident and it kind of shows everyone — this is me.
I find confidence in dressing in feminine clothing.
I love watching catwalk videos.
How to open yourself up
When I first started wearing dresses and other clothes, I was very anxious about what people would think of me.
Rural communities are known for being very opinionated. But it’s been a great reaction.
I have been supported by the community, who are willing to support me, vouch for my cause, and talk to me.
I encourage people to be more themselves, because the community will support you. There will be some people that are mean to you, but 90% of the people will support your efforts.
I think social media was another way I learned to express myself, I saw other celebrities dressing in different ways and I was like ‘Wow, this is cool — I’m going to give it a go’.
I love the farm. It’s so relaxing to be out there and having fun in the mud.
I’m out there basically every weekend, I love mowing the lawns and going on all the bikes.
Being raised in a rural community has allowed me to be a bit tougher.
Even though it shouldn’t, we get awful things said about our bodies.
I feel that being a little tougher and being aware of those things can help you prepare for bigger situations in your life.
I was at a Bairnsdale youth event, and it was amazing to meet so many young LGBTQIA+ individuals.
It was great to hear their stories and have them listen to mine. It was great to make connections and show me that I am not alone.
Growing up in a rural community taught me that you don’t have to be in the city to feel at home.
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