“I would like to nominate Tim Wilson. As someone who is proud to be gay and conservative Tim is one of the few people in Australian public debate who is proudly gay and not from the centre-left and prepared to stand up for gay rights as well as other issues. He's well known in the Australian gay conservative community and encourages others to be proudly gay and stand up for being so on 'the right'.
"He also uses his connections and influence on 'the right' to push for gay rights and through the media during his appearances on programs like Q&A and The Drum. There hasn't been someone from 'the right' included in previous lists, and Tim deserves to be included.”
All that is true, while Wilson is also the Director of the Intellectual Property and Free Trade Unit at the IPA. He's worked as a Trade and Senior Communication Consultant for ITS Global and SDA Strategic, and as a Project Manager for the Australian APEC Study Centre.
Truly an influential figure, he has also advised state and federal MPs, and in 2009 was recognised by The Australian newspaper as one of the ten emerging leaders of Australian society.
So does being on the 25 honours list of a mostly left-leaning community please Mr. Wilson? He says yes, "because it shows that there is no single cookie-cutter way to make a valuable and positive contribution in the community and that everyone in their diversity can play a part."
The Same Same 25 is an annual celebration of the 25 Most Influential Gay and Lesbian Australians. They are publicly nominated, and chosen by a panel of community leaders.
For the past two years, the announcement of the 25 Most Influential Gay and Lesbian Australians has attracted widespread national media attention and focused on the achievements and influence of a varied and inspirational group of people.