We sometimes place small data files called cookies on your device, which enable this website to work properly and remember your preferences. You can delete all cookies already on your device and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed, however some functionalities may not work.

Cate McGregor named Queensland Australian of the year

2015 05 28 GPCAPT Cate McGregor 3

Group Captain Cate McGregor was named as Queensland Australian of the year in a ceremony earlier this month in Brisbane.

Born in Toowoomba, regional Queensland, McGregor joined the Army in the footsteps of her father who served during World War II as well as her grandfather who fought in the Great War. 
 
"It was a surprise and it was lovely to be nominated in Queensland - you always have a connection to the place you are born," said McGregor.
 
She left the Army in 2014 to join the Air Force on promotion. Notably, McGregor is the highest ranked trans* officer in the Australian Defence Force.
 
McGregor said that she was delighted and grateful to receive the unexpected award and intends to continue her work as a diversity champion, using the increased opportunity to dispell myths and misunderstandings as well as to bring greater visibility to trans* Australians.
 
"This award provides me with a platform to advance the cause of LGBTI inclusion more generally and to help trans* folk in particular,"
 
While some expect that McGregor carries her own soap box and preaches diversity everywhere she goes, the reality is that she fosters respect for diversity by just doing a good job, and being her open and authentic self in the workplace.
 
"Ultimately I got on and did my job … but I am an Air Force officer who is trans* - a cricket commentator who is trans*."
 
McGregor works behind the scenes to support and advocate for many trans* personnel in the Australian Defence Force and provides strategic advice to DEFGLIS.
 
Read more in her interview with Star Observer.
 
Cate McGregor is a Strategic Adviser to DEFGLIS.

2016 05 10 ReflectionsThumb

StoreGraphic2

Latest News

Breaking the Binary: Gender Diversity in Defence

DEFGLIS celebrates International Non-binary People’s Day on 14 July 2020 International Non-Binary People’s day is held every year on 14 July, at the midpoint between International Women’s and International Men’s days...

Read more

LGBTI DV Awareness Day launches 28 May 2020

DEFGLIS Treasurer Don Robertson discusses active bystander behaviour and support for domestic & family violence victims - along with the launch of LGBTI DV Awareness Day with DVConnect Director Ben Bjarnesen DEFGLIS...

Read more

DEFGLIS Board Update: May 2020

DEFGLIS is providing advice on transgender and gender diverse policies, and seeking out opportunities for networking in the wake of COVID-19. This update provides a snapshot of the key outcomes...

Read more

Rainbow cake and conversations: 30 year IDAHOBIT milestone celebrated globally

DEFGLIS Events Director Bonnie Doyle discusses why 30 years on, IDAHOBIT is such an important day for our community. I’m at a brand new workplace this year and I raised the...

Read more

Experience in management, communication or support?

Become a volunteer