To shine a light on all the incredible LGBTQI executives and creatives in our industry, TIO has teamed up with Wonder founder Matt Emsell (5SOS, Matt Corby) to launch an article series. We’ll ask industry figures and artists how their sexuality and gender identity has shaped their experiences in the Australian music business. And, of course, why marriage equality is important to them.

With the final day of the Same Sex Marriage Postal Vote happening on November 7, the music industry has an important role in the discourse playing out in the public space.

Below is our Q&A with Rachel Maria-Cox, a Newcastle-based artist, founder of record label and booking agency Sad Grrrls Club, and organiser of the national Sad Grrrls Festival.

Why are you taking part in this campaign?

To me, marriage equality is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to getting legal recognition and protection of the rights of LGBTQI+ People. I’m taking part because I know we have such a long way to go after this, and if this fails then we set our entire country back and put some of our most vulnerable at further risk.

The marriage equality plebiscite. Discuss!

I’m Non-binary, I’m attracted to people of all genders (pansexual) and I’m also a Catholic. I’ve always loved the idea of marriage even as I started to explore ethical non-monogamy and I still have always wanted to get married some day.