Aussie activists get new awards

Marriage campaigner, Aboriginal gay activist and suicide prevention work all recognised

Aussie activists get new awards
16 December 2011

Four Australian gay and transgender rights activists have been honoured with new human rights awards.

Marriage equality campaigner Ali Hogg, transgender rights activist Sally Goldner, gay Aboriginal activist Koby James and LGBTI suicide prevention advocate Alana Green have each been given a Bruce McGuinness Australian Human Rights Awards.

The awards, in their first year, are an initiative of new independent lobby group the Australian Mental Health, Human Rights and Law Reform Coalition to recognise excellence in the pursuit of human rights in the mental health sector.

Coalition convenor Greg Oke said: ‘They’ve all made an outstanding contribution to the GLBT community around mental health and human rights which we certainly see as very much linked.

‘We’re concerned about the rights of the LGBT community, as we are with all marginalised communities, especially those disconnected from their families … that they don’t face homophobia or bullying.’

The awards are named after Victorian Aboriginal rights activist, the late Bruce McGuinness.

Goldner said she said: ‘Even five years ago a trans person wouldn’t have been there. This clearly puts Melbourne on the map as a great world GLBTI city.’

Hogg said: ‘I am grateful that the hard work we have put into fighting for a world without discrimination is being recognised.’



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