Trans advocate and sporting legend Martine Delaney has been inducted to the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women.
Delaney has long been an activist and leader for the legal equality and social acceptance of trans women and the broader LGBTIQ+ community.
A soccer player, she was caught in a “media circus” when she returned to the sport after gender transition.
Delaney was a sport trailblazer, fighting transphobia on the field and working with governing bodies in Australia and internationally to establish rules to allow her to play.
She has since played a crucial role in achieving legal reforms such as marriage equality, comprehensive anti-discrimination protections, and birth certificate reform.
Delaney has worked over many years as a trans advocate with groups including schools, police, and health services to develop inclusive policies and help promote acceptance of diversity.
“Martine’s persistence, courage, skill, and success as an advocate have been an inspiration to LGBTIQ+ people around Australia,” said Tasmanian equality campaigner Rodney Croome.
“Martine’s induction recognises her profound impact when it comes to improving the lives of LGBTIQ+ people and making Tasmania a better place.
“[It] will remind the broader community that trans and gender diverse people deserve equal recognition and respect, and it will send a message to the world that Tasmania has truly become the Rainbow Isle.”
Fellow trans advocate Matty Wright, who nominated Delaney, said that they were “blown away” by her work, resilience, and success.
“All LGBTIQ+ people and all Tasmanians owe her a debt of gratitude,” said Wright.
“Martine’s induction will send a message to trans people and the broader LGBTIQ+ community that we are a valued part of Tasmanian society and inspire young trans women to leadership roles within the community.”