Trans activist Nadine Stransen found dead

Trans activist Nadine Stransen found dead

LAST UPDATED // Monday, 08 February 2016 12:04 Written by // Cec Busby

Artist and former transgender activist Nadine Stransen has been found dead in her Woolloomooloo apartment.

Stransen was a member of the Transgender Liberation Coalition and was instrumental in introducing legislation for the inclusion of transgender people and their partners, into both NSW and Commonwealth anti-discrimination law.

Stransen worked with lobbyist Andy Griffin and Greens M.L.C. Ian Cohen and Labor Deputy Premier Andrew Refshauge to reintroduce the Transgender Anti-Discrimination and other Acts Amendment Bill of 1996.

Stransen and Griffin helped draft Cohen’s second reading speech which was later used in court in Norrie’s case to interpret the amended Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995 (N.S.W.)

At the time the legislation passed Stransen commented:

“The days of institutionalized bigotry and punishing those who do not adhere to so-called gender norms are over. This has taken five hard years of lobbying, so we are feeling ebullient.”

During the second reading of the legislation Cohen thanked Stransen and Griffin for their effort for the trans community:

I give special thanks to Nadine Stransen and Andy Griffin for their support and significant efforts on behalf of their community. Their efforts to set right the human rights and social justice of this country have been significant and are not to be understated.

Stransen remained active as a human rights campaigner until 2006 when she decided to focus once more on other passion: art.

A prolific painter and performance artist, Stransen’s pastel portraits were acclaimed for their haunting quality,. Her work was most recently seen at Rough Art.

Image below: Bernadette by Nadine Starnsen




Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and online editor of

Comments (6)

  • Freyo

    09 March 2016 at 14:15 |
    I met Nadine years ago through a neighbour but, had lost contact after moving away. Then late last year, while I was promoting a cause in Martin Place she confidently strode towards me with outstretched hand offering a donation — "Could you use this?" she asked to which I replied "Of course" and thanked her. We chatted for a couple of minutes before I remembered I had done this before and we both fell about laughing, remembering each other from years ago and catching each other up on what we'd been up to. She then continued on her way and sadly that is the last we'll be seeing of each other. Nadine was a true treasure. What a loss. Bless you & RIP Nadine x


  • Georgina

    06 March 2016 at 22:59 |
    RiP xxxxxx


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  • Chrisentiae Saint-Piaf

    09 February 2016 at 21:14 |
    Very sad. Although I didn't personally know Nadine, from what I have read, Nadine did a lot of good and helped make this a better world. Our loss is eternity's gain ... light and love. Thank you Nadine for everything, for all your love, for all your compassion, for being a true heart, for being you ... RIP

    Chrisentiae Saint-Piaf xo


  • kayla

    09 February 2016 at 17:44 |
    tell the police, don't just write it here for the person to hide the evidence


    • Aj

      10 February 2016 at 01:57 |
      Are you 12?


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