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"For someone to tell me that...I'm not considered a woman, I feel like that's rude not only to trans women but also to women in general."

Support Groups / Brisbane Gender Clinc
« on: October 07, 2015, 12:48:56 PM »

General Discussion / Gender Recognition Certificate - How to Apply
« on: September 30, 2015, 11:30:26 AM »
After sending the Gender Reassignment Board an email about seeking information to clarify the exact process, as their site is vague, this is the response I got and it's much clearer on how to go about getting it.

Please Note this information applies for Western Australia.

Recognition Certificate can be granted without formal surgery? The answer is yes, the Gender Reassignment Board can grant Recognition Certificates when a person has not had surgery but the Board needs to be satisfied by the supporting documents in determining it's decision.

I have attached the required application form that needs to be completed if you would like to apply for a Recognition Certificate which also incurs a fee of $40.  You will need to send a copy of your application to the Attorney General in West Perth.

The Board also requires the following supporting documentation to be filed with your application:

1.  A letter from your medical practitioner who carried out or supervised your reassignment procedure (only if this has occurred although it is not necessary);

2.  A letter from a psychiatrist, psychologist or other recognised counsellor confirming that you have had counselling;

3.  A letter from any other medical professional, such who has been involved in your reassignment procedure;

4.  Your Birth Certificate or extract of entry of birth;

5.  Any documents relating to a change of name;

6.  If you were not born in Western Australia, documents confirming that you have been resident here for a least 12 months;

7.  Any letters of support from family, friends or community members advising that you are accepted as your true gender in your everyday life;

8.  A copy of photo ID

If you do not have all the information above then please file as much information as you can with your application.

Their site is:

Event Reviews / Refuse to be your Childs 1st Bully....
« on: September 11, 2015, 12:57:59 AM »

General Discussion / Joint statement addressing misgendering
« on: September 10, 2015, 11:42:21 PM »

Joint statement addressing misgendering
Tuesday, 08 September 2015

Following recent media reports we, the undersigned, call for greater care and consideration around the language used to describe another person’s gender identity.

Changing language reflects changes in social attitudes. In 2015 the appropriate language to use when referring to transgender and gender diverse people is becoming more recognised, publicised and supported.

We believe there is no excuse for those working in the public domain, including the media, to use language which is dehumanising, offensive and derogatory.

Deliberate and continued misgendering, including using ‘he/she’ or ‘it’ to describe a transgender person not only reflects a lack of acceptance but perpetuates ignorance and confusion. Furthermore, word choices can often reflect unconscious assumptions around gender roles.We know that transgender and gender diverse people face discrimination every day in their schools, employment or in accessing healthcare. Many feel socially isolated and often face rejection from family or peers.

We know the impact of this is that transgender and gender diverse people experience significantly worse mental health than the general population.

It is also important to consider the law. In Victoria, it is unlawful to discriminate against someone on the basis of gender identity.

One of the most common areas for discrimination to occur is in the workplace and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has developed a set of guidelines outlining obligations under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. The guidelines provide practical guidance for employers on how to be proactive in preventing discrimination against transgender employees. These guidelines are helpful in explaining the use of language.

The words we choose to describe difference can be either weapons or building blocks to greater understanding. We need to ensure that the language we use does not constrain, stereotype or silence.

The Hon Martin Foley MP – Minister for Equality
Kate Jenkins – Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner
Rowena Allen – Victorian Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality


Cyberbullying: what is it and how to get help: Violence, Harassment and Bullying Fact sheet

If you are being bullied and need support, it is important that you read this factsheet and go to the Get Help section. If you know or see someone being bullied go to the Supportive Bystander FactSheet to find out how to help them.

Cyberbullying is bullying that is done through the use of technology. For example, using the Internet, a mobile phone or a camera to hurt or embarrass someone is considered cyberbullying. It can be shared widely with a lot of people quickly, which is why it is so dangerous and hurtful.
What happens with cyberbullying?

    A lot of people can view or take part in it
    It is often done in secret with the bully hiding who they are by creating false profiles or names, or sending anonymous messages
    It is difficult to remove as it is shared online so it can be recorded and saved in different places
    It is hard for the person being bullying to escape if they use technology often
    The content (photos, texts, videos) can be shared with a lot of people
    This content may also be easy to find by searching on a web browser like Google.

What does cyberbullying look like?

    Being sent mean or hurtful text messages from someone you know or even someone you don’t know
    Getting nasty, threatening or hurtful messages through social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, or through sites where people can ask / answer questions like Formspring or Internet forums
    People sending photos and videos of you to others to try and embarrass or hurt you
    People spreading rumours about you via emails or social networking sites or text messages
    People trying to stop you from communicating with others
    People stealing your passwords or getting into your accounts and changing the information there
    People setting up fake profiles pretending to be you, or posting messages or status updates from your accounts

Feelings you may be having if you are being bullied

    Feeling guilty like it is your fault
    Feeling hopeless and stuck like you can’t get out of the situation
    Feeling alone, like there is no one to help you
    Feeling like you don’t fit in with the cool group
    Feeling depressed and rejected by your friends and other groups of people
    Feeling unsafe and afraid
    Feeling confused and stressed out wondering what to do and why this is happening to you
    Feeling ashamed that this is happening to you

Being safe from bullies online:

    Do not share your private information like passwords, name and address, phone numbers with people you don’t know. This can also include sharing of photos of yourself, your friends and your family
    Don’t respond to messages when you are angry or hurt - either to strangers and also to people you know. This will often encourage them to continue or increase their harassment of you
    Log out and stop messaging if you feel you are being harassed
    Remember you have the option to block, delete and report anyone who is harassing you online and on your mobile
    Find out how to report bullying and harassment on each of the different social networks that you use
    Keep a record of calls, messages, posts and emails that may be hurtful or harmful to you
    Remember to set up the privacy options on your social networking sites like Facebook in a way you are comfortable with

It is important to know that each state and territory in Australia has different laws for Bullying. Lawstuff provides legal information to children and young people in Australia. Please click on your State or Territory below to get legal information related to Cyberbullying in your area:


To find out about cyberbullying and how to get help you can also go to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) Cybersmart Program
Getting Help

If you have been bullied or witnessed others been bullied and need help contact:

Kids Help Line (1800 55 1800) is a free and confidential, telephone counseling service for 5 to 25 year olds in Australia.

Lifeline (13 11 14) is a free and confidential service staffed by trained telephone counsellors.

The Australian Human Rights Commission (1300 656 419) has a complaint handling service that may investigate complaints of discrimination, harassment and bullying

This fact sheet was developed in partnership with the, 2011


What you can do to stop bullies - Be a supportive bystander: Violence, Harassment and Bullying Fact sheet

If you are being bullied or know or see someone being bullied, it is important that you read this fact sheet to find out how to be a supportive bystander. If you are being bullied and need help please contact a support service.

A bystander is someone who sees or knows about bullying or other forms of violence that is happening to someone else.

Bystanders can be either part of the bullying problem or an important part of the solution to stop bullying.

Bystanders can act in different ways when they see or know about bullying:

    Some bystanders take the side of the bully by laughing at the victim, encouraging the bully or by passing on text messages or messages on social media sites like Facebook and YouTube
    Some bystanders will give silent approval or encourage the bully by looking on
    Some bystanders may watch or know about the bullying but don’t do anything. They may not know what to do or are scared. This group of bystanders knows that bullying is not ok.
    Some bystanders will be supportive and take safe action to stop the bully, find help or support the victim

Supportive bystanders

Just as we have human rights we also have responsibilities to respect and protect the rights of others. A supportive bystander will take action to protect the rights of others.

A supportive bystander will use words and/or actions that can help someone who is being bullied.

If bystanders are confident to take safe and effective action to support victims then there is a greater possibility that bullying can stop and the person who is bullied can recover.

People respect those that stand up for others who are bullied but being a supportive bystander can be tough. Sometimes it is not easy to work out how to help safely because bullying happens in different ways and places such as online, at work or school.

There is no one size fits all approach to being a supportive bystander.  For supportive bystanders to take safe and effective action here are some suggestions:

    Make it clear to your friends that you won’t be involved in bullying behaviour
    Never stand by and watch or encourage bullying behaviour
    Do not harass, tease or spread gossip about others, this includes on social networking sites like Facebook
    Never forward on or respond to messages or photos that may be offensive or upsetting
    Support the person who is being bullied to ask for help e.g. go with them to a place they can get help or provide them with information about where to go for help
    Report it to someone in authority or someone you trust e.g. at school to a teacher, or a school counsellor; at work to a manager; if the bullying is serious, report it to the police; if the bullying occurs on Facebook, report it to Facebook.

Get Help

If you have been bullied or witnessed others been bullied and need help contact:

Kids Help Line (1800 55 1800) is a free and confidential, telephone counseling service for 5 to 25 year olds in Australia.

Lifeline (13 11 14) is a free and confidential service staffed by trained telephone counsellors.

The Australian Human Rights Commission (1300 656 419) has a complaint handling service that may investigate complaints of discrimination, harassment and bullying
Other useful resources

Download the Cyber-safety Help Button, a free Australian Government initiative, designed to keep children and families safe online.

To find out about cyberbullying and how to get help you can also go to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) Cybersmart Program

National Centre Against Bullying

The Australian Human Rights Commission has information on cyber racism and actions that can be taken to report cyber racism.

Think U Know conducts internet safety programs and provides advice for teachers,parents and carers.

Bullying No Way provides support and information for school communities.

This fact sheet was developed in partnership with the, 2011


What is bullying?: Violence, Harassment and Bullying Fact sheet

If you are being bullied and need support, it is important that you read this factsheet and go to the Get Help section. If you know or see someone being bullied go to the Supportive Bystander FactSheet to find out how to help them.
What is bullying?

Bullying is when people repeatedly and intentionally use words or actions against someone or a group of people to cause distress and risk to their wellbeing. These actions are usually done by people who have more influence or power over someone else, or who want to make someone else feel less powerful or helpless.

Bullying is not the same as conflict between people (like having a fight) or disliking someone, even though people might bully each other because of conflict or dislike.

The sort of repeated behaviour that can be considered bullying includes: 

    Keeping someone out of a group (online or offline)
    Acting in an unpleasant way near or towards someone
    Giving nasty looks, making rude gestures, calling names, being rude and impolite, and constantly negative teasing.
    Spreading rumours or lies, or misrepresenting someone (i.e. using their Facebook account to post messages as if it were them)
    Mucking about that goes too far
    Harassing someone based on their race, sex, religion, gender or a disability
    Intentionally and repeatedly hurting someone physically
    Intentionally stalking someone
    Taking advantage of any power over someone else like a Prefect or a Student Representative.

Bullying can happen anywhere. It can be in schools, at home, at work, in online social spaces, via text messaging or via email. It can be physical, verbal, emotional, and it also includes messages, public statements and behaviour online intended to cause distress or harm (also known as cyberbullying). But no matter what form bullying takes, the results can be the same: severe distress and pain for the person being bullied.
Types of bullying

(source: National Safe Schools Framework )

Face-to-face bullying (sometimes referred to as direct bullying) involves physical actions such as punching or kicking or direct verbal actions such as name-calling and insulting.

Covert bullying (sometimes referred to as indirect bullying) is less direct, but just as painful. It means bullying which isn’t easily seen by others and is conducted out of sight, such as excluding people from groups or spreading lies or rumours. Because it is less obvious, it is often unacknowledged by adults.

Cyberbullying occurs through the use of information or communication technologies such Instant Messaging or chat, text messages, email and social networking sites or forums. It has many similarities with offline bullying, but it can also be anonymous, it can reach a wide audience, and sent or uploaded material can be difficult to remove. Most people who cyberbully also bully off-line.
How can bullying affect you?

Bullying affects everyone in different ways. But there are common feelings that come up when you are being bullied.
How bullying can affect individuals:

    Feeling guilty like it is your fault
    Feeling hopeless and stuck like you can’t get out of the situation
    Feeling alone, like there is no one to help you
    Feeling like you don’t fit in with the cool group
    Feeling depressed and rejected by your friends and other groups of people
    Feeling unsafe and afraid
    Feeling confused and stressed out wondering what to do and why this is happening to you
    Feeling ashamed that this is happening to you

How bullying can affect other people:

Bullying can have a negative impact on everyone – it is not just a problem for victims and bullies. If you see or know of others been bullied you may feel angry, fearful, guilty, and sad. 

You may feel as bad as those who are being bullied.

You may also feel worried that the bullying could happen to you. 

When bullying isn’t stopped or challenged by anyone it can create an environment where bullying is accepted and where everyone feels powerless to stop it.
Know your rights

You have a right to feel safe and to be treated fairly and respectfully. Bullying is is a serious problem with serious mental and physical impacts. Bullying can violate many of your human rights including:

    your right to be free from mental, emotional and physical violence
    your right to education
    your right to a safe work environment

For more information about your rights go to Know your rights
Why do people bully others?

People bully for different reasons. Those who bully persistently are likely to do so in order to dominate others and improve their social status. They may have high self esteem, show little regret for their bullying behaviour and not see bullying as morally wrong.

Other people may bully out of anger or frustration, they may struggle socially and could have also been victims of bullying.
What can you do to stop bullies?

    If you know or see someone who is being bullied, check out this fact sheet.
    If you are being bullied, you should talk to someone you know well and trust; they will give you much needed support and will often have suggestions you hadn't considered for helping with the situation.
    You might feel more comfortable taking a friend with you to talk to the bully or when seeking help. If you feel you might get too nervous to speak, write down what you'd like to say on paper or in an email.
    If you feel safe and confident, you should approach the person who is bullying you and tell them that their behaviour is unwanted and not acceptable.
    If you are being bullied while at school, it is a good idea to seek help from a friend, or to talk to a teacher or counsellor to see if they can help.
    If you are being bullied at work, check out this fact sheet.

Getting Help

If you have been bullied or witnessed others been bullied and need help contact:

Kids Help Line (1800 55 1800) is a free and confidential, telephone counseling service for 5 to 25 year olds in Australia.

Lifeline (13 11 14) is a free and confidential service staffed by trained telephone counsellors.

The Australian Human Rights Commission (1300 656 419) has a complaint handling service that may investigate complaints of discrimination, harassment and bullying

This fact sheet was developed in partnership with the, 2011


The Brain Food Library / Friendship...
« on: August 23, 2015, 10:30:08 PM »

It seems that for some people friendships are just an item that can be traded around or just dropped so that one can further ones social aspirations or advance career pathways at the expense of friends. I am sorry to say that this is not the case.

I have been down that road when I was married and had to make choices between my marriage or my friendships. I am ashamed of how some of my friendships ended in this period all because of the need to keep my marriage going. When my marriage did finally fall apart I walked away from everything and had to do a lot of soul searching and healing.

This time around I will not trade my friendships with people for any reason. My true friends know who they are and they have helped me in ways that they will never know and I will not give up on on a friendship just to please another person or so that I can climb social ladders.

I may not have many true friends but those I do have are not a commodity to be traded with. I have a lot of acquaintances though various means and they help keep one on track but when it comes down to, who will be there when you really need help, there is only a very select few that will be by my side, no matter what.

Would you trade off that sort of unconditional friendship just so you can get ahead? I don't think so but maybe you would, however I will not let history repeat itself. Yes sometimes friends can be out spoken and have their own definite opinions, that they freely express whether we want them to or not, however, most often those qualities are what attract me to them in the first place.

Like everyone, I did a lot of things in the past that I might do differently now, but the past is the past. The key point is that we have to make sure we learn from our past and do not repeat the same mistakes over and over again. If we fall into that cycle then we are doomed to be captives of our past and historical errors of judgement.

I value friendship more today than ever I have in my life and I believe that through my transition this time I have changed (which I have in more ways than I realise). Where I am and who I am does, have a lot to do with the friends I have today.

If people want to judge me because of superficial existential crap then so be it for they will be the losers. I am quite happy walking away from negative life influences to keep my cherished friendships intact.

It doesn't matter whether I may or may not agree with how friends do things, what matters is that they are there walking with us, sharing the journey and being there to pick each other up whenever we stumble on life's rocky outcrops. It's unconditional friendship that binds people together and brings joy and meaning to even the most ordinary of lives.

True Friendships are forever...

by Rebecca Praetz

General Discussion / About International Transgender Day of Remembrance
« on: August 23, 2015, 02:39:11 AM »
About International Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.

Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender — that is, as a transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant — each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people.
We live in times more sensitive than ever to hatred based violence, especially since the events of September 11th. Yet even now, the deaths of those based on anti-transgender hatred or prejudice are largely ignored. Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice, regardless of any other factors in their lives. This trend shows no sign of abating.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence.

Note: This page was taken from

The Remembering our Dead Web Project and The Transgender Day of Remembrance are owned by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, All Rights Reserved


Sex and Gender Theory Information / I Am NOT Cisgendered
« on: August 23, 2015, 02:31:22 AM »
I Am NOT Cisgendered
by: J Nelson Aviance
Posted: 19/07/2014 07:06 AEST | Updated: 17/09/2014 19:59 AEST

I am NOT "cisgendered." I reject that label. Why? From what I've read, "cisgendered" is a label that began in academic discourse as a way of describing people who weren't trans. But the meaning of it was akin to what we might call "normatively gendered." That means your gender identity is within a limited range of what society considers to be acceptably "normal." Normative is a word of negation and resistance. It rejects the boundaries delineated as "normal" by illustrating their discursive construction, i.e. not essential. However, while "cisgendered" operates within a broader language of gender as a means of description, it is also prescriptive and limiting. The reason I place it in quotations is because it sets up a binary that is antithetical to the purpose for which it is employed in popular discourse. If gender isn't binary, if it is fluid and can transgress boundaries, than a binary between cisgender and transgender cannot exist. If it does, then we must delineate what "real" transgender or "true" transgender means, and who is allowed to inhabit it.

If "cisgendered" means your gender identity matches the social construct attached to the sex you were assigned at birth, than there cannot be a male gender identity that acts outside those normative social boundaries. And if you say there is variation on gender identity, but "cis-" just means you were born with a penis and identify and live as a man, than you negate the many variations on what it means to "be a man" or even to "live as a man." You are imposing your concept of those things onto me, enforcing a binary that is paradoxical. Moreover, you are denying the gender fluidity of those who have a penis and identify as male, but prefer women's underwear or wear makeup or transgress norms in innumerable other ways. Adding more labels -- like "cisgendered male transvestite" -- in order to justify your act of aggression defeats the purpose of simplifying things with words like "cisgendered."

What is perhaps most disturbing in being called "cisgendered," is that it imposes an identity on me. Doing so invalidates my complicated experience of gender. Don't tell me that I am somehow normatively gendered for my body when my life experience has led me through periods of deep confusion about my gender identity and living as gender queer. How is living gender queer normative? How does that reconcile with the sex and gender roles society associates with having a penis? Moreover, you don't get to make a reductive statement about my gender identity or how I embody my gender while trying to argue for recognition of the diversity of other peoples' embodied genders. If you are going to argue for a less simplistic reading of others' embodied genders, than you have to do so with mine too. That includes recognizing that as a queer person, I'm automatically not inhabiting the normative roles society has constructed for those with a penis. My behavior, and sexual and romantic attachments aren't normative for "men." My intuitiveness isn't normative. My choices of profession haven't been normative. My mode of speech isn't normative.

By imposing the label "cisgendered" onto me, you do me psychological and intellectual violence. You are saying that I am the same as all the people who do accept and inhabit the normative roles attached to the social construct of "men," "male," or "masculine." You are silencing my voice and rejecting my right to determine my own identity. You have put me into a binary that alienates me from gender discourse. You are telling me, "check your privilege," a phrase that has been weaponized and become popular to use in ways that are adolescent and regressive to the discourse. You are saying -- especially with the implication of that last phrase -- that I need to reexamine my privileged position. That assumes I am unaware of my privilege and how my privilege affects. It is a phrase that in this context has one purpose -- to invalidate the opinions and silence the voices of those who you disagree with. It is aggressive and hurtful language -- weaponized. The fact that some people may not see those connections, may want to disavow them and the weaponized nature of how these terms are currently used shows a lack of understanding of the nature of discourse and how it shapes our world. By imposing your label on me and then questioning why I'm offended by it, you are questioning and invalidating my right to feel. That further silences my voice.

This has happened to me several times in the past few months since I began blogging on The Huffington Post. It follows a trend of invalidating men's opinions and voices in gender discourse, as though we don't have gender or don't have worthwhile experiences of it. Meanwhile we have to sit and listen as society demands us to be strong and silent, but sensitive and intuitive to the needs of our partners; as news stories and the media identify all men as predators who enjoy and participate in rape culture; as our experiences of sexual abuse and sexual assault are made into jokes and not challenged by anyone -- as opposed to the uproar over rape humor with female victims. Men who cherish their children suffer exponentially and disproportionately in custody cases. Men who don't fit easily within a handful of archetypes are still forced to seek out alternative communities and cohorts, sometimes being alienated from fathers and family members.

The term "cis-" has also participated in an increasing hostility toward gay men, and in particular white gay men. Race is, of course, a complicated issue within the LGBTQIA community. But when did gay men become the enemy? I hold no rosy belief that our community's political power is spread out equally among all our groups. But the attacks within the community only erode our unified political force when that unity is required. Infighting begets enmity and isolation. Throwing angry and hateful rhetoric -- essentially demanding everyone acknowledge your pain by lashing out -- erases those voices who might otherwise make important contributions to our cause.

Yet, as a "cisgendered" man I'm not allowed an opinion, not allowed a voice, not allowed to disagree, not allowed to have a lived experience of embodying a gender identity that is diverse and varied and absolutely out of step with the norm I'm ascribed to by the word "cis-." Instead, I'm supposed to reflect on my privilege before I am allowed to interrupt the people whose opinions matter. I'm supposed to "check my privilege." I am a binary male within a binary "cisgendered" vs. transgendered paradigm. I'm the enemy because I'm afforded privilege by my family background, my skin color, my penis, and my "cis-"-ness. Somehow that fails to take into account the fact that I haven't been able to hold down a full-time job because of a mental illness that sometimes leaves me incapacitated. It ignores the fact that my experience of everything has been shaped by a lifetime of being large and marginalized within gay male and Western European cultures. If someone doesn't understand why I find the term "cisgendered" offensive, why I refuse to allow someone else to define me or inscribe their ideas onto my body, then perhaps I'm not the ignorant one. I'm just the evil white gay guy with too much privilege.

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Senator Janet Rice talks transgender rights in Australia
11 Aug 2015, Posted by Leigh Hill

While Australia drags it heels on marriage equality one of the biggest frustrations is that it drains energy and attention away from other areas of society that desperately need attention. Transgender rights is one the areas that is often highlighted as the next cab in the rank (or closest Uber on the map) for LGBTI rights is in the area of transgender rights.

Senator Janet Rice, The Greens spokesperson for LGBTI issues, understands the sentiment but also sees a strong connection between the two.

“It is a bit frustrating that when it comes to LGBTI issues marriage equality is seen as the thing but the fact that it is institutionalized discrimination that is the reasons it’s such a big thing. Some of the big issues in transgender rights, like forced divorce, would be solved if we had equal marriage.” Senator Rice told OUTinPerth during a recent visit to Western Australia.

“The time will come, I think the main thing is going to be that once the rainbow wave breaks is to actually keep riding the wave, to keep focus on all the other issues that need to be resolved.” Senator Rice said.

Senator Rice agrees with the proposition that there is a government responsibility to help people who are transgender to access the medical services they need to physically transition from one gender to another.

“Basically it’s got to be normalized and accepted that this is something that should be supported, it’s not a big think, it certainly shouldn’t be seen as cosmetic surgery, its required and it should be covered by government. I have no doubt about that what so ever.”

Senator Rice has a very personal connection to the transgender community, more than ten years ago her partner Penny transitioned.

“It’s incredible where the debate and awareness of transgender issues is now compared to where it was twelve or thirteen years ago. There is so much more awareness, acceptance and understanding.” Senator Rice said.

The senator highlighted that in his recent report on discrimination faced by the LGBTI communities Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson noted that marriage equality and easier access to hormone treatment for younger people were the two big areas for government to address.

Senator Rice, who is part of a cross party working group on LGBTI issues, said that across the parliament there is work being done to address both these challenges.

Currently young Australians have to get a court order to access treatment, even though they have their families and medical professionals support. Senator Rice said that she, and her co-chairs from the Labor and Liberal parties hope to tackle this bureaucracy soon.

“Amongst the three of us we’ve said, surely this is something we should be able to achieve pretty easily, even within this next few months. I can’t see that anybody is going to be seeing it as controversial.

“If you look at it, if their medical specialist is saying ‘yes, this is medically appropriate for this person’, then why should people have to paying tens of thousands of dollars in court fees and having a delay of six to nine months sometimes.” Senator Rice said.

Senator Rice said it was important than we have more transgender people with a public profile as it allows the whole community to see that transgender people are recognized as being the same as everyone else.

“So much of discrimination is fear, fear of the unknown. If all they know about transgender people is that they’re strange people who are more likely to be prostitutes and they’re just on the edge of society then they will have a lot of prejudices about them.” Senator Rice said, advocating that transgender people need to be visible in the community.

One example Senator Rice noted was seeing Cate McGregor commentating the cricket on the ABC. “That’s the sort of thing that changes people’s level of awareness.”

Graeme Watson


Jayne McFadyen, Trans Community Representative Speaking at the Equal Love WA Marriage Equality Perth Protest held on 9 Aug 2015.

Below: This is footage from the Perth Equal Love Protest on 31 August in Memory of Amber Maxwell. RIP For more on that see The Help Desk Vol 8 Aug 2013 on this Channel.

FrontPage News / Leadership, Poverty & Transitioning
« on: July 26, 2015, 04:22:12 PM »

This video features Rebecca Praetz, Vice President of Tranz4mations AU with Nv Sr Psychotica of the Holy Bitch Psychosis of the Sisters of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence of the Abbey of the Black Swan Perth discussing: Leadership, Poverty & Transitioning, Nawty Secrets with aTranz4mations Update filmed on the 25 07 2015.

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Camera Work and Editing in this video is by Mary-Jane Singleton, Editor, Perth Gay News

This video is made by Perth Gay News for Tranz4mations.

Calender / Outdance Perth is hosting a Tea Dance
« on: July 26, 2015, 12:45:24 AM »
Get your dancing shoes on! Outdance Perth is hosting a Tea Dance on Sunday 9 August at Mt Hawthorn Community Hall, from 4-7pm. Bookings essential. Click here for more details:

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