Transgender woman Martine Delaney recognised for service to Tasmanian community

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3/12/21

LGBT rights advocate Martine Delaney has become the first Tasmanian transgender woman to be recognised on the Honour Roll of Women — an award given to those who have made an “outstanding contribution” to the state. Ms Delaney said it was “humbling” to have been recognised. “It’s not been something that transgender women in Tasmania have been nominated or inducted into previously,” she said. “It was a bit of a humbling thing to certainly find myself in that position.” One of the campaigns she is best known for is her fight to make the inclusion of gender optional on Tasmanian birth certificates — a “battle” she took on in 2004 and that became legislation in 2019. “Fifteen years later, my campaign ended up [with] the legislation being passed through both houses of parliament,” she said. “Tasmania has possibly the world’s most progressive and inclusive birth certificate legislation. You’re not going to find anything better anywhere else on the planet.”

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