Long-time LGBTIQ equality advocate, Rodney Croome, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Tasmania in recognition of his work.
The doctorate was conferred by the Chancellor of the University, Michael Field, at a ceremony in Hobart yesterday.
Just.equal spokesperson, Ivan Hinton-Teoh, said,
"Rodney has spent his entire adult life advocating for the dignity, equality and inclusion of LGBTIQ Australians. It is only fitting that his university has recognised his experience, knowledge and contribution in this way."
"On behalf of the entire just.equal team, and countless Australians, I congratulate Rodney on an important acknowledgement for a remarkable Australian."
Rodney Croome said,
"It’s very humbling to receive an honour like this and I thank for University of Tasmania for its recognition."
"I also want to thank my partner Raf, my family and friends, and the many courageous and kind people I work with to advance equality, because without their support I could not do what I do."
Rodney is currently a board member of just.equal and president of Equality Tasmania.
A copy of Rodney's citation and his address are attached.
Also attached are two photos, one of Rodney speaking at the graduation and another of him with partner, Rafael Manzanilla and mother, Beverley Croome. 
For a copy of this statement on the web, click here
For more information contact Ivan Hinton-Teoh OAM on 0419124826