Tony Briffa, the first openly intersex mayor in Australia, is to stand down.
Despite being re-elected to the Hobsons Bay city council, in the western suburbs of Melbourne, Briffa announced last Tuesday that he would not stand as mayor again.
‘I had a very successful and enjoyable term and leave it full of pride,’ Briffa told the Star Observer.
‘Highlights of my mayorality for me… was being the first mayor to march in Pride march wearing full robes and chain of office, it was wonderful,’ said Briffa.
‘I’ve been able to show leadership in our community and with that, to also ensure the queer community in Wyndham, Melton, Brimbank, Maribyrnong [nearby suburbs] also partnered with us in supporting our community.
‘We’ve shown a great example in the Western Suburbs of what other councils across Australia should be doing can now.’
Briffa will continue to serve the Hobsons Bay community as a city councillor.