Intersex Mayor Elected in Australia
BY Winston Gieseke
December 09 2011 8:50 PM ET
The city of Melbourne has elected Australia’s first intersex mayor.
Last month councillor Tony Briffa, a longtime supporter of the gay community, was voted into the top position in Hobsons Bay, a section of Melbourne that includes the suburbs of Altona, Brooklyn, Laverton, Newport, and Williamstown.
“I am excited about the future of our community and look forward to serving the city with enthusiasm and pride,” Briffa said after the election.
During his campaign, Briffa promised that, if elected, he would attend Victoria’s upcoming pride march in full mayoral robes.
“We share Tony’s hope that his election will break down taboos associated with intersex differences,” said National LGBTI Health Alliance board member Gina Wilson. “Tony is a wonderful example of how intersex people can overcome the devastating and unnecessary medical treatment meted out to so many intersex children, and go on to become champions of human rights and cultural diversity for everyone.”
In addition to gay rights, Briffa is also an advocate for community diversity and environmental issues.
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