It is with great sadness that we inform our community of the passing of our beloved sister girl Laura Orsto. Laura moved to Sydney after attending her first Mardi Gras from the Tiwi Islands in 2017.
Laura fell inlove with the big city life and stayed in Redfern on Gadigal lands, quickly became local and loved in Sydney community by living her best authentic self and her wicked sense of humour.
She was a Trailblazer and an strong advocate for trans rights especially her community, the famous Tiwi Sistergirls features in short Documentaries such as Tiwi sistergirls with Bindi Coles and the Viceland “ Sistagals: Australia's Indigenous Gay and Trans Communities” that highlights hardship, struggles, stigma, violence, discrimination, Culture, language, lifestyle choices, Challenges and Obstacles. She also attended numerous conferences around Australia as guest speaker for well being and mental health for sistergirls and brotherboys.
By the sudden death, Laura has left fellow sistergirls with broken hearts and hardships to cover the cost of her funeral in Darwin and her final resting place on traditional homeland of wurrumiyanga (Nguiu) community on Bathurst Island NT, 80km north of Darwin.
We are asking our rainbow community and our much loved friends and family to help support and cover the for Darwin Funeral service, the wake, transportation (mini bus hire) and plane charters to and from Bathurst island
So that this process can happen, the sistergirls requires any donations from little to big so that they are not burden by the costs associated with these arrangements.
We will greatly appreciate your kindest help and your generosity to Farewell our beloved Ms Laura Orsto (Holden).
May you rest in power