Jason Williamson has found success and personal fulfilment advocating for diversity and inclusion among the LGBTI, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and disability communities.
A successful talent manager, his business, Jason Williamson Management has represented the likes of iconic Indigenous entertainer Christine Anu, LGBTI advocate and model Casey Conway, openly gay singer Luke Antony, and Madeline Stewart, the only international supermodel with Down syndrome. With a roster of exceptional talent wanting to raise their voices supporting their causes, Jason is now regarded as one of the leading talent managers advocating for diversity and inclusion in the Australian Entertainment Industry
Jason has also written for SBS Sexuality about his journey, coming out as a married man and father of two, telling his kids he was gay and reconciling his sexuality with his faith. The feedback he received was overwhelming and helped shape his path. Fathers who agonised over coming out and breaking up their families thanked him for his honesty and for helping them in their journey to self-acceptance. Kids emailed thanking him for showing him the struggles their fathers faced.
After that public but cathartic exercise, he asked himself – what would have made a difference in his journey and how could he go about putting that into the world? How could he help his clients in the best way to fulfil their own motivations?
In the course of his career, Jason has built strong relationships with key agencies and people involved in LGBTQI issues, including Victorian Aids Council, ACON, NTAHC, The Aurora Group, and The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet PM&C LGBTI Network.
Jason’s clients have been nominated for numerous awards, including seven nominations in the 2018 LGBTI Awards, performed at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Worlds Aids Day Gala Dinner and The Aurora Ball.
Jason also created Diversity PR, an avenue of his business to help others businesses and individuals find a place in the queer space for their voice to be heard and to be the difference they want to be in the world. He recently partnered with Bella Management as their Diversity and Inclusion representative, working especially closely with Danielle Alexis, Australia’s first transgender curve model signed to a mainstream modelling agency and star of the 5th season of the hit television series Wentworth.
Foremost in everything Jason does are his kids. As his biological children hurtle towards adulthood and his foster son inches ever closer to the turbulent teenage years, it gives Jason the push to contribute to an inclusive and accepting future where his children, and the 15+ foster children who have been in his care can feel comfortable and safe being themselves in.