THE Australian Defence Force offered to pay $25,000 compensation to an army major who had been ridiculed online by Australia’s highest ranking trans military officer.

In 2013, Queensland-based Group Captain Catherine (Cate) McGregor tweeted Major Bernard Gaynor Sr was a failure at Royal Military College Duntroon and had defective DNA, following Gaynor Sr’ refusal to recognise her transition and gender.

[showads ad=MREC] The $25,000 was offered to Gaynor Sr two years after he first lodged complaints against McGregor and was offered in a legal letter, according to reports in The Weekend Australian.

Gaynor Sr is the father of Bernard Gaynor, who was recently reinstated in the Australian Defence Force after he won an appeal over his dismissal for making homophobic, transphobic and Islamophobic comments that attracted more media attention than his father’s.

McGregor, who revealed she was trans in 2012, was recently named Queensland Australian of the Year for her work in raising awareness of trans issues.

She is now in the running to be named Australian of the Year on January 25.

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