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Nevo Zisin

Author, Education Consultant, Inspirational Speaker, Online - Virtual Visits, Personal Development, Social Issues, Well Within

Nevo Zisin (they/them) is a queer, non-binary, Jewish writer, performer, activist and public speaker based in Naarm/ Birraranga / Melbourne. They run workshops in schools and professional development trainings in workplaces around transgender identities. Author of award-winning Finding Nevo, a memoir on gender transition and The Pronoun Lowdown, a useful guidebook on all things related to pronounsThey are a mentor for The Pinnacle Foundation, one of Out for Australia’s 30 Under 30 for 2019, an ambassador for both Wear It Purple and the Victorian Pride Centre as well as a member of the Gender Euphoria cast – Australia’s largest all trans & gender diverse show on a main stage.

Where were you born?

I was born in Melbourne.

What other jobs have you had?

I have had many different jobs; I’ve worked in cafes, telemarketing, charity fundraising, as a volunteer youth leader and I currently work alongside my public speaking as a writer and a swimming teacher for babies. I love babies a lot.

What themes are recurring in your work?

I’ve always favoured work that involves kids. It’s always fun and exciting and gives me hope. Children tend to understand feelings of gender and the limitations of gender roles better than adults do. I also consistently work in some sort of educational capacity, whether it’s through swimming, speaking or writing. I love teaching and being taught through the work I do.

What have been the highlights of your career?

A highlight of my career has definitely been publishing Finding Nevo. I never expected to be a published author at the age of 21 and it’s been a wild ride.

Where have your works been published?

My memoir has been published through Black Dog Books – an imprint of Walker Books.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about social justice. Particularly around topics surrounding gender and sexuality and all the bits and bobs that are involved in those huge areas.

Haven’t I seen you before?

Perhaps! I was recently on The Morning Show on Channel 7 with my mum. As well as in an article in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and various online blogs. I was also in a documentary called Love In Full Colour that screened on SBS and was part of the Safe School’s program All of Us as one of the lesson plans.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

The world is changing and people are feeling increasingly comfortable to come out and live their lives as their authentic selves. It is everyone’s responsibility to make sure that is possible, and that we all have understandings of difference and if we don’t, we aren’t afraid to ask.

Photo by Theresa Harrison Photography

Testimonials

“Nevo is a highly engaging, sensitive and powerful presenter. They shared moving personal anecdotes and experiences which were woven in with their profound knowledge of gender, sexuality and inclusion.  Their excellent sense of humour and ability to connect with their audience provided a fun, comfortable and safe space for open dialogue for both staff and students.”

—M. Light, Principal, The King David School 2017 & 2021

“Our grade 6’s loved Nevo’s presentation. Nevo engaged students with their honesty, humour as well as wisdom. Their presentation fosters and promotes open mindedness, self-love and inclusivity – values our kids are craving to discuss and promote in today’s world. We would highly recommend the program to other schools.”

—K. Middleweek, Grade 6 teacher, Kingsville Primary 2020

“Nevo gave an excellent speech about gender identity, their own experiences and respect. They had a wonderful tone and just the right amount of humour to keep a cohort of Year 11’s entertained long enough to listen to the important messages Nevo had to tell them.  Nevo is an inspiring presenter with an amazing ability to promote understanding for those outside the LGBTQ+ community, as well as be a role model for those within it.”

—Student at MacKillop College 2020

“Hey Nevo, in the four years of me going to Collingwood this is the best and only presentation and speech I enjoyed. Your jokes were very good, top tier good. You managed to make a long 75 minute session feel like a catch up with an old friend. Thank you so much for coming, I’m looking forward to the next time you come.”

—Student at Collingwood College, 2021

“Nevo was amazing, I have had so much positive feedback from  students, staff, parents and the community. The various youth services were also very impressed. This was even mentioned by the School Captain at the schools presentation night which was a huge event. We will continue to pass on Nevo’s messages, I learnt a lot.  Nevo surpassed the expectations I had for our event and really has made a difference to inclusivity and the mental health of many of our young people.”

—M. Skret, Cairns State High, October 2018

“We were fortunate to have Nevo come out to our school and speak to our students on their journey through the wonderful world of gender. I rarely see young people as enthralled and engaged as they were when Nevo was speaking. We could have listened to them talk all day but alas we only had an hour. Since hearing Nevo speak we have had many wonderful conversations with our students about their own gender identity and it has given them space to explore their identity outside the gender binary with authenticity and understanding.”

—A. Toyer, Wellbeing Team, Templestowe College 2017

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