Gay and lesbian people who have made significant contributions to public debate on a variety of issues have been included in Kevin Rudd’s 2020 Summit.

Journalist David Marr, HIV policy advisor Bill Bowtell, Scarlet Alliance president Elena Jeffreys, former unionist Tony Keenan, and GetUp! founder Brett Solomon were among at least 15 gay and lesbian people in the list released last week. The majority of the remainder were selected for the towards a creative Australia forum.

PFLAG spokesperson Shelley Argent, although not lesbian herself, is the delegate most closely associated with gay and lesbian inclusion issues.

Fellow Queenslander, Dr Wendell Rosevear from the Stonewall Medical Centre will join Argent at the strengthening communities, supporting families and social inclusion forum.

If we subtract openly-gay figures who are attending because of their role beyond the gay community like Barry Kosky, and David Marr the list gets a little thin, rights activist Rodney Croome commented this week.

But of those who were selected, Croome had high praise.

Their cumulative experience of agenda-setting is of a high order, he said.

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