Trans youth campaigner Georgie Stone has been named the 2018 Victorian Young Australian of the Year.
She made history when, at 10 years old, she became the youngest person in Australia to be granted permission by the courts to take hormone blockers, and has since become a tireless advocate for other transgender young people.
Georgie’s landmark case in the Family Court of Australia saw laws changed so transgender children, with parental and medical consent, no longer have to go through the courts to access the first stage of their treatment.
Currently, teens face a waiting period of as long as 10 months for a court date and a price tag in the tens of thousands of dollars.
“The Family Court is expensive and often delays mean that teenagers cannot get into court before it’s too late and they hit puberty,” she told ABC’s Australian Story last year.
Georgie took her 16,000 signature petition she started on the issue to Canberra to present to politicians earlier this year.
She expressed her excitement on Twitter following the announcement.
“To be in the very room as all of [the nominees] was the greatest honour of all,” she said.
Actress Magda Szubanski was among the nominees for Victorian of the Year, with actor Samuel Johnson taking the prize for his work in raising money and awareness for cancer research.
Stone will be in the running for Young Australian of the Year at the national ceremony on January 25 next year.