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Zakk d’Larté

Kingsland

Self-driven and motivated to make a difference.

In 2017, what change would you most like to see?

The Gender Revolution. Watching the world open up to the transgender movement has been fantastic. I am very much looking forward to seeing this push of gender-fluidity and androgyny flourish.

What achievement are you most proud of?

When I was at high school, I wasn’t allowed to bring my partner of four years to the Ball with me. Instead, it was suggested that him and I attend with girls and hang out after entering the venue. I refused to go unless I could bring him, but to no avail.

Two years later, I received a hand-written letter from a student thanking me for my perseverance, as he was able to take his boyfriend that year. This was the first time I felt like I had made a real difference, and it ignited a passion in me.

Who inspires you?

I pull inspiration from three of my favourite gender-bending stars – David Bowie, Grace Jones and Lady Gaga. These three icons have always spread messages of self-acceptance and promoted the idea that it’s okay to be an outcast or what society deems a ‘freak’.

Name your favourite queer anthem or protest song.

Heaven – Troye Sivan

When I first started to realise that I might be gay, I had to ask myself all the same questions that Sivan touches on in the song. Am I ever going to find someone? Am I ever going to be able to have a family? If there is a God, does that God hate? If there is a heaven, am I ever going to make it?



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