Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Local Hero

Nominee

2019 NT Local Hero Nominee

Crystal Love-Johnson

State: Northern Territory

As an Indigenous trans-gender Tiwi Islander, Crystal Love-Johnson is an advocate for acceptance of trans-gender Indigenous women. Crystal is a leader, mentor and educator among the ‘Sistergirls’, and is a respected Tiwi Island Elder. In 2012, Crystal made Australian local-government history on her election to the Tiwi Shire Council.

As an Indigenous trans-gender Tiwi Islander, Crystal Love-Johnson is an advocate for acceptance of trans-gender Indigenous women.

Not settling for anything less than sharing the same rights as any other person in society, Crystal soon became a champion and advocate for Indigenous trans-gender women known as 'Sistergirls' located on the Tiwi Islands.

Crystal is a leader, mentor and educator among the Sistergirls, and is a respected Tiwi Island Elder. Crystal has worked for Northern Territory Family and Children Services and is fondly known as 'Aunty' amongst the Tiwi Islands communities. She nurtures numerous transgender Indigenous children whom she takes on as her own. In 2010 Crystal was invited to address the United Nations Working Group in Barcelona on Indigenous trans-gender issues of suicide, domestic violence and discrimination.

In 2012, Crystal made Australian local-government history on her election to the Tiwi Shire Council and is now regarded as a major influence and invaluable leader for Indigenous trans-gender equality.

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