Kirsti leads the way
Saturday, 21st April, 2018
A local woman has been recognised as an Australian GLBTIQ Trailblazer during the Commonwealth Games.
Transgender woman Kirsti Miller was included as one of 24 in a landmark exhibition which recognised and celebrated the work of LGBTI groups and organisations in the 53 countries that make up the Commonwealth, to raise the visibility of LGBTI people and their lives during the Commonwealth Games and beyond.
Due to the historical legal legacy of the British Empire, of the 53 member states of the Commonwealth, 37 criminalise some or all consensual private adult same-sex sexual behaviour. Trans and intersex rights also vary dramatically.
Across the Commonwealth, LGBTI people are denied equal access to health services, employment, education, employment, housing and human rights.
It was because of this that an Australian-first Pride House was set up in the Gold Coast to run alongside the Commonwealth Games.
The exhibition was on display at Pride House Gold Coast daily.
‘LGBTI People of the Commonwealth’ was originally presented at the Glasgow Pride House at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Modelled after a traditional “hospitality house” common at international sporting events, the Pride House will be hosted by the Surfers Paradise venue Rise Bar and Club until the Games wrapped up on April 15.
“The Australian GLBTIQ Trailblazers were selected as being a first in their field,” Kirsti said.
“I was recognised as the first transitioned athlete to have represented Australia in Sport myself having been an Australian Modern Pentathlon and Aquathon International athlete having competed in many world championships and Pan American Games.”
“The thing that means most to me by being inducted in the Walk Of Fame is the recognition Broken Hill and Broken Hill Sport has gained by being an accepting place for gender diverse and transgender people.”
Kirsti said it was important to raise awareness on the issues facing transgender people.
“Unfortunately transphobia in sport is rife and still remains the greatest challenge for the transgender community,” she said.
“In Broken Hill there is full acceptance for transgender people both in sport and in the community unfortunately this isn’t the case everywhere else.
“Hopefully the next generation will have it that little bit easier then I and others have experienced in sport.
“I am confident any youngster that suffers gender issues in Broken Hill will be supported by the community as Broken Hill in 2018 judges people from the inside out not the outside in.”