Trans activist Nadine Stransen found dead
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