Bella Simpson is a young trans woman who has been out for a little over a decade. From an early age Bella has been speaking out on the rights of transgender people and LGBTI rights. Bella has been on the governance board for InsideOUT, Rainbow Youth, Out Wellington (Wellington Pride Festival) and currently chairs the Evolve board.
Bella has helped organise a range of conferences and hui, including the ILGA Oceania Proud conference in 2016, several InsideOUT Shift Hui and two weeks of youth events for Wellington Pride festival in 2017, culminating in the first pride ball for LGBTI young people.
In 2016 Bella was awarded the Youth Change Maker award at the 2016 Youth Week Awards for her tireless work in the LGBTI community. In 2018 Bella was asked to speak at Government House to help open the Suffrage 125 event. In 2019 Bella was recognised for her volunteer work in the LGBTI community on New Zealand History, Women in Activism Series. These were monumental moments that highlighted the importance of Trans Women being included in feminist movements.
“My key driving force is to inspire and empower trans and gender diverse people to feel valued, inspired and empowered to be their best selves. I’m looking forward to this next step in my journey in New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO”.