Legendary Queensland trans activists Kristine Johnson and Gina Mather of the Australian Transgender Support Association Qld (ATSAQ) announced their retirement yesterday. Krissy and Gina’s political activism has resulted in many reforms for the trans and LGBTIQ+ communities at large. Beyond that, their efforts have contributed to better trans health outcomes in the state and increased social opportunity for a community that has come a very long way since they took the reins of ATSAQ 30 years ago.
Gina mentioned some of these reforms in a post announcing the iconic couple’s retirement.
“In 1992, there were no laws or protections in Queensland for the transgender community, none.
“We were ungrateful people.
“This finally changed on March 31, 2003, with the inclusion of gender identity in the Anti-Discrimination Act. This change led to many policy and procedural changes in all areas.
“By 1990, medical professionals knowledgeable about hormone treatment and prescribing were rare, and those who did were rare.”
But even as they announce their retirement, Kristine Johnson and Gina Mather continue to fight for their community. They are currently talking to the Attorney General about reforms to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Act.
Gina said she and Krissy will continue to host the monthly ATSAQ luncheons until October 2022. They expect a decision to be made by then on a future location for the event. highly anticipated. The pair will retire after the ATSAQ Christmas party at Sporties this year.
Community activists Parker Forbes and Vicki Batchelor have volunteered to continue the invaluable work of ATSAQ.
Saved many lives
Community leaders as well as LGBTIQ+ and trans activists across Australia have taken to social media to pay tribute to Krissy and Gina’s countless achievements.
Evelyn Hartogh’s post both summed up the general sentiment and noted an important aspect of Kristine Johnson and Gina Mather’s work – the lives saved through their efforts.
“Thank you for your service! Your courage has saved many lives! The whole community has benefited from your hard work and your perseverance in the face of extreme prejudice. Thank you and be blessed. 💜💙💚💛🧡❤️”
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