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‘She made it cool to have a disability,’ friend remembers Stella Young

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Phineas Meere joined hundreds of people at Melbourne Town Hall this morning to celebrate the life of disability activist, comedian and writer Stella Young, who died unexpectedly earlier this month at the age of 32.

Mr Meere, who met Stella while studying arts/journalism at university, will remember his friend as “an irrepresible, very driven person”.

“We all have to take a bit of Stella and make sure we continue her work championing disability rights,” Mr Meere told Panorama.

Stella Young’s honesty and openness helped empower Mr Meere to be himself.

“She made it cool to have a disability,” Mr Meere said. “I can be confident to be who I am because she is doing it.”

Listen to Phineas Meere chat to reporter Matilda Marozzi at Stella Young’s service.

Phineas Meere can be seen on Channel 31’s ‘No Limits’.

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