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Women and LGBTIQ leaders take centre stage on Queen’s Birthday Honours List

A diverse range of philanthropists and not-for-profit leaders have been recognised on the Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honours List, which includes a record number of women recipients.

This year’s honours featured a number of household names including Kevin Rudd AC, Ita Buttrose AC, Hugh Jackman AC, Eric Bana AM, Jane Caro AM, Leigh Sales AM, Guy Sebastian AM and Carrie Bickmore OAM.

The social sector was well represented in this year’s honours list, with Rosie Batty AO, philanthropist Nicola Forrest AO, former National Disability Services president Vicki O’Halloran AO, Trawalla Foundation co-founder Carol Schwartz AO and Our Watch chair Natasha Stott Despoja AO among those appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Former Disability Discrimination Commissioner Alastair McEwin AM, former Redkite CEO Jenni Seton AM and HoMie co-founder Dr Robert Gillies OAM were also recognised.

LGBTIQ community advocates also featured prominently in this year’s awards, including Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia chair Associate Professor Ruth McNair AM, Feast Adelaide Queer Arts and Cultural Festival co-founder Margaret Fischer AM, Victorian LGBTI Taskforce member James Gardiner OAM, Just Equal co-founder Ivan Hinton-Teoh OAM and The Pinnacle Foundation co-founder Sean Linkson OAM.

Another LGBTIQ community leader recognised was Equality Australia CEO Anna Brown OAM, who was co-chair of the Australian Marriage Equality campaign.

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