'Don't label me transgender advocate, let my life speak'

Catherine McGregor wants to visit Toowoomba
Catherine McGregor wants to visit Toowoomba "as soon as possible". Contributed

TOOWOOMBA-born military officer Catherine McGregor doesn't like the label of being a transgender advocate.

The Queensland Australian of the Year said instead the way she lived her life should speak for itself.

She transitioned genders while in the military and said that showed transgender people could be accepted in any environment.

Born Malcolm Gerard McGregor and schooled at St Mary's in Toowoomba, Ms McGregor said the important message was that "we're all human beings".

"Before you rubbish us or vilify us, remember it's a hard decision to transition genders."

The well-known cricket commentator and author said as the state's Australian of the Year, she was keen to spend as much time as possible in Queensland, and particularly in Toowoomba.

"I was born and bred there and my priority is to get home to Toowoomba," she said.

"Both my parents were buried there and I have a strong attachment to Toowoomba.

"I owe it to Queensland to be as visible as possible."

Ms McGregor said it was a hard decision for anyone to transition genders.
Ms McGregor said it was a hard decision for anyone to transition genders. Contributed

Ms McGregor plans to give visibility to transgender people in Australia, who she said had been marginalised.

"People think we're sex workers or showgirls, but we're normal functioning people."

Spending 42 years in the military also prompted Ms McGregor to advocate for veterans and she plans to assist people with post-traumatic stress disorders.


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