Shayne Wilde made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

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 In the latest Australian Honours List, Queensland activist Shayne Wilde becomes a Member of the Order of Australia for her significant service to the LGBTQIA and differently-abled communities.

Read also: Shayne Wilde, a Queensland living treasure.

Shayne Wilde’s activism began under the Bjelke-Petersen government. In the 1970s, trade unions played a critical role in opposing Joh’s authoritarian regime and Shayne became a member of the Queensland Trades and Labour Council Women’s Committee.

She later became one of the first members of the Queensland Association for Gay Law Reform and a founding member of Queensland Pride Collective. Shayne also volunteered at the Queensland AIDS Council for many years.

In the late 1980s, the Fitzgerald Inquiry exposed the inveterate corruption of the Bjelke-Petersen kleptocracy. The National Party threw the old despot overboard in the hope of saving their own bacon. (Sorry. Something about that era inspires mixed metaphors. But don’t you worry about that, as Joh would say.)

However, Wayne Goss led Labor to victory in 1989 and the new government decriminalised homosexuality in 1991.

Shayne turned her attention to other legislation that denied equality to LGBTQIA people. She focussed on Acts of Parliament which, either by omission or specific mention, resulted in lesser rights for her communities.

In 1995, the Australian Democrats recognised Shayne Wilde for significantly contributing to 100 pieces of legislation to benefit the LGBTQIA communities. They awarded her the Chris Carter Memorial Award. In 2018, Brisbane Pride recognised her contributions at the annual Queens Ball with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Shayne Wilde AM

Shayne told QNews this morning that she hoped her award inspired young Queer activists of the future.

“While it is an honour to be recognised for the work you do (which you don’t do alone), it means much more to spotlight LGBTQIA issues and history within mainstream Australia. Our young Queers can look up these awards and find the names of previous Queer activists. Then hopefully become inspired and encouraged to stand proud and continue the important work of securing equality for the entire diversity of our wonderful Queer Communities.”

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