Australia’s GLBTI person of the year is trans activist Georgie Stone
Georgie Stone has become Australia’s GLBTI person of the year after she became the youngest person to be granted permission to take hormone blockers.
Stone’s case was a landmark case and gave way for other trans identifying young people to gain access to hormones.
Georgie was recognised as the LGBTI person of the year at the GLOBE Awards, held in Victoria, Australia.
She said: “I’m hoping that after seeing my story, they can see a happy, free, sixteen year old girl who has come out the other side.”
On Instagram, the teenager wrote: “I dedicate this award is to all transgender people who don’t feel safe, loved or treated fairly. Your community is behind you, and you will always have a home with us.”
David Micallef, GLOBE President, believes Georgie is a pioneer: “Georgie is doing work that will change the lives of millions of young transgender people in years to come.”
“Without her and her family’s willingness to stand up and put themselves forward, our laws may still be restricting the lives of young transgender people who need to live their true lives.”
“Every GLBTI Person of the Year finalist was under 30 this year, which shows that we, as a community, are building a legacy that builds our young people up to stand for their own views,” he added.
James Findlay, who won the Media Excellence Award for working at Australia’s only LGBTI radio station, said: “The atmosphere of the night was fantastic. It’s one of the only nights where members of the LGBTI communities can get dressed up and celebrate the achievements we’ve had in the past year,” he said.
He added: “I’m so proud of how much we were able to achieve in my time as Program Director, and it couldn’t have been done without the dedication of our volunteer presenters.”