The annual Trans Awards were held in Brisbane last night, celebrating the work of trans people and allies in the community, and Dr Fiona Bisshop took home a top award.
Hosted by community group Many Genders One Voice and held at the Sportsman Hotel, the night also acknowledged today’s Trans Day of Remembrance.
Dr Bisshop specialises in trans healthcare and HIV medicine, and is also known as QNews’s ‘Doc Q’.
She said she was “honoured” to receive the award and thanked the community for their support.
Service Provider of the Year went to the Australian Transgender Support Association Queensland (ATSAQ), which assists trans people in the community and works to fight discrimination.
ATSAQ also won Trans Group of the Year and the inaugural Community Achievement Award, which will in the future be the ATSAQ Community Achievement Award.
Trans Fair Day, which brings together members of the Brisbane trans community with local groups and services, won Event of the Year.
Ally of the Year went to Matilda Alexander, president of the LGBTI Legal Service, which provides free legal advice and is volunteer-run.
Indigenous trans activist and Headspace youth advocate Taz Clay won both Mr Trans and Young Trans Person of the Year.
Trans Activist of the Year went to Krissy Johnson for her volunteer work with groups including ATSAQ.
Jade Mirabito won Mx Trans, and Sophia Busch took out the Ms Trans award.
Busch was honoured with the award for her wide range of work supporting the trans community, including employing other trans people in her business.
“It was a shock and I’m still a little overwhelmed by it,” she said.
“Everyone who was up for an award does amazing things for our community.
“Anything that helps create role models within our community is a positive thing. The Trans Awards helps to show others that it’s ok to be trans and to be your true self.”