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As Sydney prepared for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade on Saturday night, several Aboriginal marchers were celebrating their individuality.

We spoke to Brie Curtis, a transgender advocate in Central Australia, who has a twin sister Rosalina, who is also transgender, in the lead up to the 2015 Sydney Mardi Gras.

By
Minelle Creed
Published on
Monday, March 9, 2015 - 17:36

There is a often a lot of stigma surrounding being gay or lesbian, but transgender Twins, Brie and Rosalina Curtis managed to overcome the problems facing many 'coming out'.

But for those who are ashamed of their sexuality, there is often a history of drugs, alcohol and substance abuse, and in extreme cases, suicide.

Sistergirl Brie Curtis, who grew up in the remote Aboriginal community of Morris Soak in the Central Desert, Northern Territory and has been very active, creating an advocacy group called Brothers and Sisters NT.

Sisters and Brothers NT is a newly formed advocacy and reconciliation group for Sistergirls and Brotherboys, Indigenous and Non- Indigenous Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Inter-sex (GLBTI) people from the Northern Territory.

http://sistersandbrothersnt.com/

Brotherboy

An indigenous person that has a male spirit, who is born into a female body. They choose to live their lives a male , regardless of which stage /path medically they choose.

Sistergirls
Sistergirls are Indigenous transgender women whom have a distinct cultural identity and often take on female roles within the community.