Remember “the standard you walk by is the standard you accept” guy, former chief of army in Australia, David Morrison? He has been honored with the Australian of the Year award. That’s good news. Also, there’s some background on that speech.
That speech was developed with his aide, then speech writer and fellow Australian of the Year finalist Catherine McGregor.
It included a lot of personal experience from Ms McGregor — the former highest ranking transgender military officer in the world.
Mr Morrison was among the first people Ms McGregor revealed her gender struggles to.
“I was really taken aback as I had no inkling that this was the overriding issue in (Ms McGregor’s) life,” he said in a magazine interview about the moment Catherine revealed her secret to him.
“I thought about it, but only briefly, before I concluded that this was the time to step forward and provide support. She is my mate. I don’t care what the person I used to know as Mal looks like now. I do care, and deeply, about her wellbeing.”
He refused her offer to resign and supported her both professionally and as a mate throughout her transition. Now an advocate for gender equality and transgender issues, Ms McGregor considers Mr Morrison one of her greatest supporters.
So he doesn’t just give a good talk, he walks the walk. What a guy, and it’s great that Australia recognizes his value.