Victoria could soon have its first intersex mayor… and he is also of Maltese stock.
Victoria in Australia could soon have its first intersex mayor withHobsons Bay City councillor Tony Briffa looking likely to win the top job in the city’s west.
Currently deputy mayor, Briffa told the Star Observer he believes he has the numbers to win the mayoralty on December 2. No other councillorshave yet firmly indicated they will challenge Briffa’s bid.
“I think I’ve got a good chance of being elected because I have served as Deputy Mayor for two terms now and I have a lot of support within the community,” he said.
“It would hopefully help break down the stigma and taboo associated with having an intersex condition and feeling different and at the same time educate people in the community about the intersex condition.”
Briffa was born with both male and female physical attributes. He was assigned a female gender as a child and his male genitals were removed.
Eventually feeling uncomfortable as a woman, he started hormone replacement therapy and changed his identity documents to male.
Briffa says he is now comfortable identifying as being both male and female.
Since being elected to Hobsons Bay Council, Briffa has been the driving force behind the municipality advancing on LGBTI issues.
The council has hosted events for Melbourne queer cultural festivalMidsumma and developed an inter-council liaison group to look at LGBTIissues, including recommending local libraries stock queer literature.
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