In a move that has been hailed as a major milestone for Australian transgender people, Anna De Coster is the first transgender person to be honoured with the title of “Queen of Orange”, the title given to the most influential and beloved Australian in the history of the country.
“I have had so many people tell me that I am a queen,” Ms De Costers said.
“They have always said that I’m the most powerful, but I just don’t know that for sure.”
Ms DeCosters has worked as a model, singer and actress, and in 2015 became the first person to become a world-renowned Australian to become an Australian Olympian.
“People say it’s amazing to be in the public eye, but it’s more than that,” Ms Dercoster said.
“I want people to know who I am and know what it means to be a transgender woman.”
‘Queen of oranges’ title Ms De Corste, who has spoken out about being bullied at school, said she wanted to use her title as a symbol of being a “strong, independent woman”.
“I just wanted to make sure that the people who had to look after me, the people that had to protect me, knew that I was doing something that I believed in,” Ms de Coster said, “that I was fighting for equality and I was proud of it.”
Ms deCoster said she had received positive feedback from her peers, who had praised her bravery.
“There were a lot of people who would say, ‘You’re a queen of oranges,'” she said.
“[But] there were some people who said that they weren’t sure what I was referring to.”
The first person ever to be given the title Queen of Orange is an Australian Olympic medalist, Olympic gold medallist and two-time world record holder, and was awarded the Australian Olympic gold medal at the 1984 Summer Games.
Ms De Doster said her decision to change her name was motivated by her personal journey.
“For me to have been the first to achieve that honour and to be able to live in the state of Victoria with my husband and daughter, to be recognised in that way is something that is really powerful and I feel like that is something I want to live up to and to represent my people,” Ms diCoster told ABC News Breakfast.
“My mother said to me, ‘Why do you want to become the queen of orange?
You want to have a job?’
I said, ‘Well, I want a job in the royal family.'”
The “Queen” title was created in the mid-1800s to recognise the women of the British Royal Navy.
It has been awarded to women who have contributed to the advancement of women’s rights, particularly the suffrage movement.
Ms de Doster has been the subject of a number of publications and videos, including the BBC documentary, Queen of the Orange, and an autobiography.
The title has been bestowed on Ms DeDeoster, who said she hoped it would help inspire other trans people to “speak out”.
“For so many trans people, it’s not just about them but also about their family, their friends and their community,” she said, adding she wanted her role to reflect her personal story and legacy.
“If people knew that Anna De Corsta was a woman, I hope that they would look at that and think, ‘Wow, that’s a really powerful woman, that could have been me.'”
Anna DeDoster said while she had been the victim of a long list of negative experiences in the Australian education system, it was important to continue working towards achieving a more equal society.
“It is so important for young people to have access to an education and to know that they have options, that they don’t have to be ashamed of who they are,” Ms DiCoster added.
“We need to look at gender identity and we need to work together to ensure that the issues that trans people face are addressed.”