Past Award Nominees and Recipients
Young Australian of the Year
2016 VIC Young Australian of the Year Nominee
Margot FinkState: Victoria
Part of the four per cent of Australians who are transgender or gender diverse, Margot Fink has become an outstanding role model for young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. Growing up, Margot felt isolated and alone, and has set about to ensure other young people don’t have to feel the same way. Through her role at Minus18, the national organisation for LGBTI youth, Margot has bravely shared her experiences. The driving force behind the Gender Is Not Uniform campaign, Margot encouraged schools to create safer environments for gender diverse students. She was instrumental in developing All of Us, the first nationally-approved teaching resource on LGBTI topics for Australian high schools, and has spearheaded the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia campaigns. Each year, she helps to organise the Same Sex Gender Diverse Formal, bringing together hundreds of LGBTI young people from across Australia. A powerful force behind Minus18, Margot is determined to reduce the discrimination and stigma faced by LGBTI Australians.