We are named in tribute to a former member of our Working Group, the late Zoe Belle.
Zoe was involved in this current initiative to establish a gender centre for Victoria right from its inception. She saw very clearly the need for such a centre and she passionately articulated this need – both in person and online (via her memorable emails which were written in pink text). As such, ZBGC honours her memory by using pink as our identifying colour.
The drive to establish a gender centre was only one aspect of Zoe’s wide-ranging activism. As this 2008 tribute to Zoe from the group Trans Melbourne Gender Project says:
Zoe was passionate about trans rights, and wanted to make a difference in the world. She was meticulous in her work and presentation, and was a valued team member and friend. She had her finger in many, many pies. In fact, she was involved in so many projects that it is almost impossible to think of a trans- or queer-related event that has taken place in Melbourne recently without her presence. She was the main organiser of Trans/Destinations, the first dedicated trans conference in Melbourne, which is about to happen as part of the Midsumma Festival. But she wasn’t just interested in one issue: Zoe saw the big picture, and was also committed to disability rights, queer rights, feminist politics and anti-violence work.