Two Australians have now handed back their Order of Australia Medal in protest against controversial tennis great Margaret Court also receiving the honour in 2021.
Dr Clara Tuck Meng Soo, who was recognised in 2016 for her work as a medical practitioner with LGBTIQ+ and HIV positive communities, and TV veteran Kerry O'Brien who was awarded this year, have called the decision to award Court "deeply insensitive" and "very distressing."
While Court might have received the Order of Australia for her tennis accomplishments - as the winner of a record 24 Grand Slam singles titles and a mentor for young athletes, the outrage at her receiving the honour has nothing to do with tennis. It's in reference to her outspoken and derogatory comments about the LGBTIQ+ community.
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Tennis might be the reason the 78-year-old is famous, but she then decided to use her platform to espouse homophobic and transphobic views.
We didn't make tennis political, she did. And she did so over and over again when she chose to have her opinions broadcast across our TVs, radios and in our newspapers.
In 2011, during the marriage equality debate, Court publicly said: "To dismantle this sole definition of marriage and try to legitimise what God calls abominable sexual practices that include sodomy, reveals our ignorance as to the ills that come when society is forced to accept law that violates their very own God-given nature of what is right and what is wrong."
In 2013, Court penned an open letter decrying the birth of Australian tennis player Casey Dellacqua's child in a same-sex relationship, lamenting: "It is with sadness that I see this baby has seemingly been deprived of his father."
In 2017, she urged Australians to boycott Qantas over their corporate support of same-sex marriage, forcing even the tennis court named after her to distance themselves.