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Clay Morse Rainbow Community House

Clay Morse (He/They)

Founding Director 

The idea for starting Rainbow Community House stems from his own experience going through the mental health system at a time when LGBTIQA+ young people were told to lead a heteronormative life because anything else was not acceptable. Clay is originally from the USA, but Perth is now home. He loves reading, cooking, travelling, bushwalking and being outside in general. Clay also has two cats that keep him busy when he is not at work. 

Kerry Manera (She/Her)

Psychologist

Kerry has recently returned to her hometown of Perth after nearly 18 years in the UK. She trained there as a counselling psychologist and spent years working with sexually and gender diverse people in private practice, charities and the national health service, including the Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic. She also worked in the homelessness sector for 10 years in residential and outreach services. Before moving, Kerry studied at Curtin University and volunteered at the WA AIDS Council.

In London, Kerry sat on the board of a primary school for several years as a parent governor, advising on developing inclusivity and support of gender equality, sexuality and gender diversity. She also trained peer youth educators in a sexual health service. Kerry is very aware of how family values can help or hinder a person’s ability to express themselves freely, and how distressing it can be when one’s community or culture conflicts with other parts of their identity.

When working as a therapist, Kerry spends time getting to know her clients before agreeing with them how to help tackle their problem in a way that works best for them. This may be exploring something that doesn’t make sense, helping to make an important decision, or working in a more structured way to reduce symptoms or emotional pain.

She is a passionate ally to the queer community and believes that every person has the right to be themselves without fear.

Aron RCH
Aaron, a white, thin person with short light blue hair and hearing aids, wearing a black shirt, smiling and standing against an LGBTQIA+ flag which includes the trans flag with black and brown colours to symbolise the People of Colour (specifically black and brown trans women) who were the driving force behind the movement of Pride.

Aaron Wilkie (They/Them)

Counsellor 

Aaron grew up in Perth (Wadjuk Country) and has recently returned after living up North in Ballardong country. They are a disabled and trans counsellor, who has been working with young LGBTQIA+ youth for almost ten years, with a focus on healthy relationships, empowering explorations of sexuality and gender diversity, and sexual health. They are particularly passionate about access and inclusion, and the value of intersectional voices.

They believe in the process of viewing our challenges as separate from ourselves, and considering the political, cultural and community impacts upon our beliefs, experiences, feelings and actions. They know that everybody has automatic value, and everybody should be allowed to access safe change on their voyage toward self-growth and self-acceptance.

In their spare time they walk their cat, write music, and create art that intends to explore some of the less conventional ways people experience and connect with community.