Tribute to Davina Coad
(Community Recognition Statement, 22 September 2016, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
It is with great sadness that I put on record the passing of Davina Coad, who was well known to many inner-city residents. Her bright pink, well-accessorised outfits from op shops and her warm generosity to anyone in need made Davina unique. Davina overcame many challenges and was an active and enthusiastic constituent of the Bligh and then Sydney electorates for many years. She spent a lot of time homeless and in precarious housing. Her community and social networks were on the street. Davina's faith and the support she received from the Salvos Street Level were important parts of her life.
Davina was never backward in coming forward, whether sitting on milk crates with senior church officials, putting her views forward at public meetings or marching with Lord Mayor Clover Moore and me at Mardi Gras. Davina never let anyone stop her from being herself. She did not let the responses of some to her transgender identity or her eccentric views get in the way of living life to the full. She was a proud transgender woman. Many will miss her. May she rest in peace.