Petina Smith is a proud First Nations Transgender woman. Direct descendant of the Kunja nation from Queensland she now lives in rural and remote NSW, where she is the first, and only Transgender Woman to live openly as her true, authentic self. She identifies some of her strengths as a carer, poet, performer, artist, social justice advocate and educator. She is a active member of her community, being involved in a number of empowering projects, which she loves. As a First Nations Transgender woman in a small Community she has a lived experiences of the hardships and injustices LGBQTI and first nations people face individually and as a collective. Witnessing the strengths through adversity in our communities is what keeps her going. Continuing to break down the stigmas and stereotypes through visibility and participation. Penita said; she hopes to provide first hand insight to BlaQ from a Rural and remote perspective to bring about positive change and to increase BlaQ footprint in these areas.
“Being a First Nations Transgender woman makes me a minority within minorities and living in a small community comes with extra challenges, and has been very difficult at times, however, I have, and will continue to survive and make positive change for future generations”.