General Biography

Julie McCrossin is a veteran radio and television broadcaster who spent over 20 years with ABC Radio National, ABC TV and Network Ten. Julie spent five years as the presenter of Life Matters on ABC Radio National and five years leading a team on the comedy quiz show Good News Week on ABC TV and Network Ten. Julie has worked as a TV reporter for both the¬†Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and the Anzac Day Parade. She is proud to live in a country where it is possible to do both. Her¬†favourite media experience was appearing as a Silent Clown called Plain Jane on ABC TV’s Play School.

Julie was treated for stage four, HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer in 2013. Julie is an Ambassador for Targeting Cancer and TROG Cancer Research. She is a member of the advocacy group, Cancer Voices SA.

Julie has qualifications in the arts, education and law. In 2019, she was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community, particularly through LGBTIQ advocacy roles and to the broadcast media. www.juliemccrossin.com

Julie McCrossin – Cancer Survivor and Advocate

Julie McCrossin

Julie McCrossin gets people talking. After 20 years as a presenter with ABC Radio National, ABC TV and Network Ten, she is now a freelance broadcaster, podcaster and MC.

Julie was treated for stage four, HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer (tonsils, tongue and throat) in 2013. Julie is an Ambassador for Targeting Cancer and TROG Cancer Research. She is a member of the advocacy group, Cancer Voices SA. Julie hosts the podcast series, The Thing About Cancer and The Thing About Advanced Cancer for Cancer Council NSW.

Julie has co-produced and presented a range of educational videos in partnership with cancer clinicians and advocates. Julie’s recent video series include Talking To Doctors for Cancer Voices SA;  the Head and Neck Cancer Video Series 2020/2021 with St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, St Vincent’s Private Hospital and the Kinghorn Cancer Centre; and How Can We Improve the Patient and Family Experience of Radiation Therapy? in 2020/2021 with SAHMRI, the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. Julie has qualifications in the arts, education and law.

In 2019, Julie was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community, particularly through LGBTIQ advocacy roles and to the broadcast media. www.juliemccrossin.com

Julie McCrossin and Gay Liberation

Julie with the gay flag as backdrop

Julie McCrossin is a veteran radio and television broadcaster who spent over 20 years with ABC Radio National, ABC TV and Network Ten. Julie has co-hosted several broadcasts of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Julie has worked as an on-street reporter for ABC TV coverage of the ANZAC Day Parade and the Sydney Mardi Gras, as well as appearing as a silent clown called Plain Jane on Play School. She is proud to live in an inclusive nation where it is possible to be be part of these three iconic productions.

Julie became active in Gay Liberation at Sydney University in 1974. She attended countless demonstrations and was arrested many times. Julie remembers forming close friendships with men in Gay Lib as well as meeting many women in the cells behind the Central Court of Petty Sessions in Liverpool Street where demonstrators were taken in that era.

During the iconic events of 1978, Julie was part of the morning gay rights march down George Street in the city and she joined the crowd of activists outside Darlinghurst Police Station later that¬†night.¬†They were demanding the release of 53 people who had been arrested at the first Mardi Gras at Kings Cross earlier that night. Julie’s most vivid memory of that time is the wall of police blocking the entrance to the Court when the people arrested appeared before the magistrate.

Julie remembers the gay activism of the 1970s and early 80s as a time of trauma, but also of comradeship and cathartic release. She says it was a joy to fight back against the gross discrimination of that era before homosexuality was decriminalised in NSW in 1984. To mark the approach of the 40th anniversary of Mardi Gras in 2018, Julie spoke at the Sydney Opera House about those wild times and she interviewed 78ers for a special episode of Compass on ABC TV, The Power of Love.

Julie is a long-term advocate for marriage equality. She spoke in favour of same-sex marriage at The Sydney Institute in 1999 and again in 2017. When she was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer in 2013, Julie asked her partner of over 20 years, Melissa Gibson to marry her. In 2014, Julie and Melissa married in Manhattan in the presence of their two adult children, Luke and Amelia. Julie and Melissa are now happy Nanas to their granddaughter Billie.

The recent (Feb 2022) public discussion about the now-defunct Religious Discrimination Bill is a painful reminder that there is still much to be done to make sure children and young people are safe from discrimination. It brought Julie great joy to take action with fellow alumni from her Anglican high school, SCEGGS Darlinghurst and circulate an open letter, now signed by over 300, opposing discrimination against LGBTI+  people and affirming that SCEGGS is a Christian school that welcomes everyone.  As the principal Jenny Allum has written,

we welcome all, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation or religion… and students, staff, parents and alumni, who are members of the LGBTIQ community, are warmly welcome at SCEGGS.

Julie has qualifications in the arts, education and law. In 2019, she was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community, particularly through LGBTIQ advocacy roles and to the broadcast media. www.juliemccrossin.com