Legendary Trans activists retire after decades of service

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Legendary Queensland Trans activists Kristine Johnson and Gina Mather of Australian Transgender Support Association Qld (ATSAQ) yesterday announced their retirement. Krissy and Gina’s political activism resulted in numerous reforms for both the trans and wider LGBTIQ+ communities. Beyond that, their efforts contributed to better trans health outcomes in the state and increased social opportunities for a community that came a very long way since they took the reins at ATSAQ 30 years ago.

Gina mentioned some of those reforms in a post announcing the iconic pair’s retirement.

“In 1992 there was no Act or protection, in Queensland for the Transgender Community none whatsoever.

“We were persona non-gratis.

“This finally changed on March 31st, 2003, with Gender Identity included in the Anti-Discrimination Act. This change led to many policy and procedural changes across the board.

“Medical professionals around 1990 conversant with treating and prescribing hormones were scarce and those that did were few and far in-between.”

But even as they announce their retirement, Kristine Johnson and Gina Mather continue to fight for their community. They are currently conferring with the Attorney-General on reforms to the Births, Deaths & Marriages Act.

Gina said she and Krissy would continue to host the monthly ATSAQ luncheons until October 2022. They expect a decision by then on a future location for the always eagerly anticipated event. The pair will step down following this year’s ATSAQ Christmas Party at Sporties.

Community activists Parker Forbes and Vicki Batchelor have volunteered to continue ATSAQ’s invaluable work.

Saved many lives

Community leaders along with LGBTIQ+ and Trans activists from across Australia took to social media to pay tribute to Krissy and Gina’s countless accomplishments.

Evelyn Hartogh’s post both summed up the general sentiment and noted an important aspect of the work of Kristine Johnson and Gina Mather — the lives saved through their efforts.

“Thank you for your service! Your bravery saved many lives! The entire community benefitted from your hard work, & perseverance, in the face of extreme prejudice. Thank you, & Bless you. 💜💙💚💛🧡❤️”

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1 Comment

  1. 28 May 2022

    Absolutely living legends

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