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Margaret Court Australia Day honors fallout when doctors return the Order of Australia medal

Doctor returns her Order of Australia medal in protest of Margaret Court’s Australia Day honor – due to Tennis Great’s anti-gay marriage stand

  • Clara Tuck Meng Soo has been presented with the prestigious Order of Australia medal
  • Gesture came after the leak revealed that Margaret Court will receive the Australia Day honor
  • Dr Soo received the medal for her work in the LGBTQ and HIV community in 2016
  • She was also one of the first GPs to undergo gender reassignment

A doctor has returned her Order of Australia medal in protest at the anti-gay tennis grand Margaret Court which received the country’s highest award at the Australia Day award.

Clara Tuck Meng Soo said the court’s appointment as a Knight of the Order of Australia “promotes discrimination” among LGBTQ people.

According to a leaked copy of the Australia Day Honors List, the court will receive the highest individual award in the country.

The 78-year-old is also a Pentecostal church that has come under fire in recent years for its public disparagement of gay relationships and transgender people.

The decision sparked outrage from public figures such as Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews, as well as Dr Soo.

Clara Tuck Meng Soo (left) says decision to award Australia's highest honor to outspoken tennis greatness 'promotes discrimination' among LGBTQ people

Clara Tuck Meng Soo (left) says decision to award Australia’s highest honor to outspoken tennis greatness ‘promotes discrimination’ among LGBTQ people

A doctor has returned her Order of Australia medal in protest of revelations Margaret Court (pictured) will receive the country's highest award on Australia Day honor roll

A doctor has returned her Order of Australia medal in protest of revelations Margaret Court (pictured) will receive the country's highest award on Australia Day honor roll

A doctor has returned her Order of Australia medal in protest of revelations Margaret Court (pictured) will receive the country’s highest award on Australia Day honor roll

Dr Soo received an Order of Australia Medal in 2016 for her work as a physician for the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV.

A statement from Just Equal identified her as one of the first GPs to undergo a gender transition in Australia.

“I have spent a significant portion of my working life working with and advocating for disadvantaged communities in Australia,” said Dr. Soo.

I may also add that I spent most of my adult life as a gay man before my sex transition to a woman in 2018.

“That is why I have both professional and lived experience in the communities about which Mrs. Margaret Court makes these derogatory and hurtful remarks.”

Just Equal spokesman Ivan Hinton-Teoh urged the Council of the Order of Australia to reconsider his decision.

He said there would be “many prominent Australians” who would reconsider their association with the reward system in light of the honor.

Court – the winner of an unparalleled 24 grand slam singles titles – described the honor as a great privilege.

Dr Soo received an Order of Australia Medal in 2016 for her work as a physician in the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV

Dr Soo received an Order of Australia Medal in 2016 for her work as a physician in the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV

Dr Soo received an Order of Australia Medal in 2016 for her work as a physician in the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV

Court - the winner of an unparalleled 24 grand slam singles titles - described the honor as a great privilege

Court - the winner of an unparalleled 24 grand slam singles titles - described the honor as a great privilege

Court – the winner of an unparalleled 24 grand slam singles titles – described the honor as a great privilege

“I’ve had those views all my life and I just said what the Bible says,” she said.

“I should always be able to express my views biblically, be a minister, and help people with marriages and families. And I will never change those views.

‘I have nothing against people – I love people. We’ve had them come into our community services, all kinds – be they gay, transgender, whatever they are.

‘We never send a person away and I think it has been tried to say that I am someone I am not really. And I find that very sad. ‘

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said compiling the Honors List was an independent process.

Federal Labor has questioned why Court received top honors when already recognized for her athletic prowess with a membership of the Order of Australia.

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