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Jordan Raskopoulos has 'a lot of catching up to do' at Mardi Gras

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After featuring in the Mardi Gras parade twice last year (she walked it once and then went back to the start to do it all over again), Jordan Raskopoulos​ is "really excited" to be headlining her own float on March 3.

The comedian and lead singer of The Axis of Awesome, 36, has been announced as the ambassador for Medibank's #BetterWithAKiss​float alongside fitness guru Michelle Bridges. 

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"It's only my third Mardi Gras. I have a lot of catching up to do," she laughed.

The parade, which runs through Oxford Street, is the most colourful night on the Sydney social calendar, with sequins and glitter galore, but just don't expect Raskopoulos to be shining like the top of the Chrysler Building.

"I have glitter allergies, so I would really have to take a lot of antihistamines," she laughed.

"I'm leaving my outfit to the last minute, but I might do something like Lady Gaga and assemble some food products [think: that meat dress] or I might just go shopping with my mum for something."

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It was the week before Mardi Gras in 2016 that Raskopoulos went public with her transition with a video titled: "What Happened To Jordan's Beard?"

Raskopoulos felt like she was the wrong gender since she was a child and described the time before her transition as like "wearing a mask every day".

"It sucks, it's really sweaty," she said.

She said the "hardest step is the very first step" but it gets easier.

"Being newly announced as a queer person and dealing with that was really intense and even last year was really intense too in a lot of ways," she said.

"When I look back and see how sad I was and how anxious I was and how difficult life was and now I see how wonderful it is.

"Having been out for a number of years and being entrenched in the community and being involved with lots of different groups, I feel at home and I feel celebrated and really relaxed and happy. It's joyous."

Her advice, for anyone who might be struggling with their gender identity, is to realise that you are not alone.

"​It's a better time right now. We are having better and more open discussions. Technology also allows you to find people in similar experiences. You feel alone before you find people like you. Being able to find a community is such an important step," she said.

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