Young Toowoomba activist Thomas Coyne killed in car accident


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Image: Thomas Coyne Facebook

Toowoomba LGBTIQ+ activist and former candidate for the Greens, Thomas Coyne, died in a car accident late Sunday night. Thomas was the sole occupant of a car that rolled several times before hitting a power pole.

Emergency services attended the scene and attempted to free Thomas from the wreckage but he died soon after.

Thomas Coyne

Thomas led Toowoomba’s YES campaign for marriage equality during the 2017 same-sex marriage postal survey.

Toowoomba’s Bill Rutkin said that Thomas Coyne was tireless.

“Thomas very visibly led the march through Toowoomba. But also, every day he doorknocked, made phone calls and went on the street waving placards and rainbow flags .”

Thomas himself once described his role in the campaign as “one of the proudest moments” of his life. In 2018, he received a nomination for Activist of the Year at Brisbane Pride’s annual Queens Ball.

A proud member of the Greens, Thomas stood for election as the Greens candidate for Toowoomba South in the 2020 Queensland election.

Tributes

Friends and fellow advocates paid tribute to Thomas Coyne’s advocacy, activism and also his love of life.

Senator Larissa Waters

We are so sad to have lost one so young, a passionate and active member of our Queensland Greens party, a fierce advocate for rural and regional issues, for marriage equality, for social justice, for a safe climate, and for a cohesive community.

Thomas’ passion, drive, glorious zest for life, and wicked sense of humour will be greatly missed.

Our hearts are with his mum and all his friends, and our party, as we grieve the loss of one of our own.

Alyce Nelligan

His tireless activism and community work will be missed. He was a good friend, kind, witty and full of effervescent energy.

Patricia Ann Conlon

On behalf of the Wakka Wakka Original Sovereign Tribal Council (Toowoomba Region), send our Sincere Condolences to Thomas’s Family and Friends. One of Our favourite Sovereign allies in Toowoomba. Rest in Peace my friend

Harry Jones-Christ

As a fellow LGBT+ boy who campaigned for my hometown to be a little less hostile towards us for existing, this makes my heart bleed. Thomas always seemed kind, clever, and with a particular kind of empathy, my dear hometown will always need more of. You were grand, Thomas.

Bill Rutkin

Thomas was a young man who believed passionately in equality and fairness. He was selfless, kind and respectful. He worked tirelessly for Marriage Equality from the age of 16. The Rainbow community, though rightly saddened by his passing, also celebrates his immense contribution to our society.

Thomas’ mum Jo Coyne

Thomas was my son my best friend, my carer, and my whole world. I am immensely proud of him and I will always love him.

Thomas Coyne RIP

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1 Comment

  1. Lisa Pickett
    15 April 2021
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    God bless xx

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