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Transgender Army speechwriter speaks out

The transgender speechwriter for the head of the Army has spoken out about her gender transition and the iconic sexism speech that addressed the Army’s latest sex scandal.

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7th July 2013 11:16

Alessia Valenza

Lieutenant Colonel Cate McGregor, formerly Malcolm, is the highest-ranked transgender person in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and serves as speechwriter to the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison.

McGregor wrote Morrison’s now-famous speech in response to an email ring scandal that implicated dozens of high-ranking Army personnel in activity that degraded female officers. The speech, which Morrison delivered on Youtube, went viral and refocused accusations of misogyny within the ADF fuelled by several similar high-profile incidents.

Speaking on One Plus One, a weekly interview program on the ABC, McGregor told interviewer Jane Hutcheon that she had offered to resign if her transition would cause the Army embarrassment, but that Morrison had “insisted” she stay on as his speechwriter.

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