LGBTIQ women among the women’s honour roll inductees
The Victorian Honour Roll of Women has been announced and a number of LGBTIQ women are among the recipients.
The Victorian Honour Roll of Women celebrates contributions made to local communities and achievements from human rights advocacy to sport and medicine. The Honour Roll celebrates exceptional women in Victoria who have made significant and lasting contributions to their local community, the nation or the world. The 2017 inductees will join more than 600 remarkable women named in the Honour Roll since it commenced in 2001.
Twenty-five women have been named this year including: Dr Ruth McNair, Brenda Appleton and Dr Lou Bennett.
Dr Ruth McNair is a leading Australian health expert who has made substantial contributions to the Victorian community over the course of her many years of medical practice, academic research and sustained community support and advocacy.
In 2009, Dr NcNair helped to establish Northside Clinic in North Fitzroy which has a focus on addressing the general health needs of Melbourne’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Active in LGBTI policy and community development for many years, Dr McNair has championed LGBTI policy development, through her roles as member and Chairperson of the Victorian Ministerial Advisory Committees on LGBTI Health and Wellbeing.
Dr McNair is currently the co-Chairperson of the Victorian LGBTI Health and Human Services Working Group and a member of the LGBTI Taskforce. She is also Chairperson of the Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia, Founding Member and previous convener of the Australian Lesbian Medical Association and Founding Member of Rainbow Families.
Brenda Appleton needs no introduction to the LGBTIQ community. She is the co-chair of LGBTI Taskforce and spokesperson for Transgender Victoria.
Appleton has conducted leadership, advocacy and training in trans and gender diverse issues. Her effective leadership within the community was recognised when she was appointed Chair of the whole-of-Victorian Government LGBTI Taskforce, making her the first trans person in Australia to be named chair of a ministerial advisory committee.
Dr Lou Bennett is a performer, songwriter, musical and artistic director, composer, actor, soundscape and music designer and educator from the Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung people in Echuca, Victoria.
Dr Bennett is well known as a former member of the internationally acclaimed trio Tiddas.
In 2006, Dr Bennett was one of the co-founders of the Black Arm Band, one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies.
Dr Bennett completed her PhD which discusses the importance and relevance of Aboriginal language retrieval, reclamation and regeneration through the medium of art to community health and wellbeing.
As the McKenzie Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Dr Bennett continues to research the obstacles and ethical issues related to retrieving and transmitting Aboriginal languages cross-culturally and across different generations.
The Victorian Honour Roll of Women also includes:
● Ms Hana Assafiri
● Ms Carrie Bickmore
● Mrs Patricia Bigham
● Mrs Sheila Byard OAM
● Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea
● Mrs Karen Hayes
● Ms Mel Jones
● Mrs Rae Kingsbury
● Ms Kim Koop
● Ms Celeste Liddle
● Ms Rafaela Lopez
● Ms Jessica Macpherson
● Ms Helen Marcou
● Ms Kristy McKellar
● Ms Natalie Miller OAM, AO
● Ms Anna Moo
● Ms Susan Provan
● Ms Peta Searle
● Ms Wendy Steendam
● Dr Christine Tippett AM
● Mrs Jan Wilson
● Ms Stella Young
The Minister for Women Fiona Richardson said the women on the Honour Roll are role models for all Victorians:
“Too often, women’s achievements and contributions are not recognised, despite leaving a lasting impact on their communities. These women have changed lives and the Victorian Honour Roll pays homage to their work.
“Women contribute to their local communities in so many ways. These women have agitated for social justice and pushed frontiers. The women on the Honour Roll are role models for all Victorians.”