Julie Peters, ABC: trans stories on screen are getting better – at last

Having worked in TV for decades and transitioned in the 90s, Julie Peters is optimistic about the future.
Behind the scenes at the ABC. Image: Julie Peters.

Julie Peters – media professional, activist, performer, writer, parliamentary candidate, and doctoral researcher – was the first person to openly transition at the ABC. But she doesn’t think of it that way: ‘I just decided it was time’.

‘The ABC wasn’t enamored with my transition, but they just had to deal with it,’ she said.

Julie began working at the ABC in 1971, after dropping out of university, and her first day was as a cable-puller on The Kamahl Show. In the years that followed she worked many roles, including camera, sound, and lighting, and witnessed the recordings of oodles of iconic shows such as Countdown, The Doug Anthony All Stars, and Lift Off.

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Silvi Vann-Wall is a journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. They joined ScreenHub as Film Content Lead in 2022. Twitter: @SilviReports