Yvette Sneddon, who died in a hit-and-run on Good Friday aged 49 while riding her motorcycle in Stowport, Tasmania, was hailed as a gay rights pioneer.

During her time as convenor of the North West Gay Support group in Tasmania during the late 1980s and early 1990s, fellow activist Rodney Croome said she stood up to prejudice, ignorance and hatred that besieged the local gay and lesbian community.

Yvette rose to the challenge, becoming a tower of strength, a tireless organiser and an eloquent advocate for GLBT people and their families, Croome said.

It was because of the bravery of people like Yvette that Tasmania is a better place today.

Sneddon was also a senior nursing lecturer at the University of Tasmania and had a private practice.

She will also be remembered for her groundbreaking research into the health and wellbeing of lesbian women and their families, Croome said.

Police are seeking witnesses who may have seen a red sedan near the scene.

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