Cultural Shift 2017 | Patrick Abboud
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Patrick Abboud

The son of Palestinian / Lebanese parents, Patrick Abboud is an award-winning storyteller, documentary filmmaker and broadcaster. Currently the senior investigative reporter / presenter on SBS VICELAND’s nightly program The Feed, Pat is passionate about uncovering stories you never knew existed.

For more than 10 years Pat’s been committed to reporting on discrimination against LGBTQI communities around the world, particularly in many countries where homosexuality is still punishable by imprisonment or death. While working for Dateline Pat gained unprecedented access inside Indonesia’s notorious morality police squad. His program ‘Sharia Showdown’ exposed brutal persecution of women and LGBTQI people in Indonesia. Patrick’s fearless storytelling has also brought to light the heartbreaking stories of youth at risk of harm in Australia’s Muslim LGBTQI communities. Australia’s first openly Gay Imam chose Patrick to tell his brave coming out story. The program ‘Meet Australia’s first openly gay Imam’ has contributed to securing further funding for an underground support group and safe meeting space for closeted LGBTQI Muslims. Patrick has exposed discrimination against transgender people in the Australian Defence Force, homophobia in the NSW Police force and investigated unsolved gay hate crimes.

Patrick is also co-host, writer and director for the SBS Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras broadcast. The recipient of the 2016 LGBTQI Honour Award for outstanding journalism & broadcasting, Pat is also a Walkley and 3 times United Nations Media award nominee for his unique storytelling across multiple platforms. Described as ‘Must Watch TV’ ( ‘Every Australian Needs to see this’ (The Guardian) his most recent documentary ‘Breaking Point: Bullying’s deadly toll’ exposes the epidemic of bullying in Australian schools. The piece resulted in a national campaign lobbying Govt. to change policy and legislation across the country to better protect children. Being a big cinema buff, he’s very excited about his new show Mardi Gras Movies which debuted on SBS TV Feb 2017 featuring the best in queer film from around the globe and exclusive filmmaker interviews.

Pat has also just been nominated for the international LGBTQI Journalist of the year award. In his tenth year of storytelling, 2017 will see Pat continue bringing the people and places that matter to your screens.