Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Group Captain, Catherine McGregor could go on to become the 2016 Australian of the Year, after being named as Queensland’s Australian of the Year.
McGregor who is one of Australia’s most prominent transgender people is being honored for her work as a champion for diversity, three years after she transitioned to being a woman and went public as the highest ranking military officer in the world who is transgender.
Prior to joining the RAAF, McGregor was deployed to East Timor three times and promoted through the ranks to Lieutenant Colonel in the Australian Army.
McGregor has since used her public profile to further educate Australians about transgender issues by speaking at forums and featuring on ABC TV’s Australian Story documentary series.
The Queensland state selection panel announced McGregor’s candidacy saying, “With large stocks of courage, eloquence and confronting candor, Catherine has become a leading figure in the transgender community and as a result Australians have gained a greater understanding and acceptance of the transgender community.”
The winners of Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia’s Local Hero will be announced in Canberra on the 25th of January on the eve of Australia Day.
Last Updated on Nov 3, 2015