Phylesha Brown-Acton, An indigenous trans activist from the village of Hakupu, Niue Island. Phylesha is a champion for the rights of gender and sexual minority groups within New Zealand and the Asia and Pacific region, she is the founder and Director of a Pacific LGBTQI+ organisation called F'INE, pronounced “fee-neh”, that provides navigational services to Pacific LGBTQI+ peoples and their families in Auckland - New Zealand. She is a renowned Pacific Cultural entertainer, traditional costume designer, her pronouns are she and her.
Phylesha has extensive knowledge in governance and is the Co-Chairperson of the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) where her team are responsible for the strategic and financial oversight of the network, she is a Trustee of the Maori, Indigenous and Pacific Islands HIV/AIDS Foundation (INA) based in Tirau who work with rural people living with HIV and their families. Phylesha is the Co-convenor of ILGA Oceania, and a board member to ILGA World Board, a ECOSOC approved organisation who has a strong presence in the United Nations advancing LGBTQI+ human rights and movements.
Phylesha has had a long-standing commitment to her Pacific LGBTQI+ communities, with a career that spans over 25 years of service and dedication, in 2017 Phylesha was the recipient of the 2017 Sun Pix Pacific Peoples Awards for Community Leadership, in 2019 she received a Queen’s honour “Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit” for services to Pacific and LGBTQI+ Communities.
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