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General Discussion Finance / The World Debt Clock
« on: October 13, 2018, 04:12:32 PM »
 "Public debt is rising in both emerging markets and low income developing countries to levels not seen since the early 1980s. Forty percent of low income developing countries are now either in debt distress or at high risk of default. At the same time, corporate debt in emerging markets is also exceeding historical levels."(World bank 13/10/2018)

https://www.economist.com/content/global_debt_clock

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General Discussion Finance / The Global Findex Database 2017
« on: October 13, 2018, 02:31:25 PM »
The Global Findex Database 2017
Measuring Financial Inclusion and the Fintech Revolution

ABOUT THE GLOBALFINDEX DATABASE

In 2011 the World Bank — with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — launched the Global Findex database, the world’s most comprehensive data set on how adults save, borrow, make payments, and manage risk. Drawing on survey data collected in collaboration with Gallup, Inc., the Global Findex database covers more than 140 economies around the world. The initial survey round was followed by a second one in 2014 and by a third in 2017.

Compiled using nationally representative surveys of more than 150,000 adults age 15 and above in over 140 economies, the 2017 Global Findex database includes updated indicators on access to and use of formal and informal financial services. It has additional data on the use of financial technology (or fintech), including the use of mobile phones and the internet to conduct financial transactions.

The data reveal opportunities to expand access to financial services among people who do not have an account — the unbanked — as well as to promote
greater use of digital financial services among those who do have an account.

The Global Findex database has become a mainstay of global efforts to promote financial inclusion. In addition to being widely cited by scholars and development practitioners, Global Findex data are used to track progress toward the World Bank goal of Universal Financial Access by 2020 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The database, the full text of the report, and the underlying country-level data for all figures — along with the questionnaire, the survey methodology, and other relevant materials — are available at http://www.worldbank.org/globalfindex.

All regional and global averages presented in this publication are population weighted. Regional averages include only developing economies (low- and middle-income economies as classified by the World Bank).

The reference citation for the 2017 Global Findex data is as follows:
Demirgüç-Kunt, Asli, Leora Klapper, Dorothe Singer, Saniya Ansar, and Jake
Hess. 2018. The Global Findex Database 2017: Measuring Financial Inclusion and the Fintech Revolution. Washington, DC: World Bank.

Download the full database below!

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Pakistan news | The Chinese phone giant that beat Apple to Africa

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Demirgüç-Kunt, Asli, Leora Klapper, Dorothe Singer, Saniya Ansar, and Jake
Hess. 2018. The Global Findex Database 2017: Measuring Financial Inclusion and the Fintech Revolution. Washington, DC: World Bank.

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President's Paws / The problem with the Unbanked and the LGBTIQ+
« on: October 12, 2018, 03:42:48 PM »
The "problem" with the Unbanked and the LGBTIQ+!


As Wall St crashes and burns as I write this, and the population is preoccupied with Gender Wars, Advertising on Sydney Icons, The Religious Freedom Act Conspiracy, The Globalists have come up with a plain to fight back the Nationalist/Trump agenda that is sweeping across country's that hint at wanting to get off the "NWO" Train and be independent.

While we are concerned about the upcoming Swan Ball and the Melbourne Cup and what outfit will impress, I have been taking an interest in world politics and the World Bank/IMF (Globalists) meeting held recently in Indonesia and their plan to "save" the world's developing country's from poverty and gender pay gaps and their intention to use technology to conscript, whether they like it or not, 2 billion people onto the Global Train of Economic Nirvana, that we all know better as Debt Slavery by the year 2020(Universal financial access).

Their method involves the use of your mobile phone and a personal ID number instead of the traditional Bank and your account number. Known as Fintech (financial technology) it is any banking app that is on your mobile phone, China leads the world with this with some 10k registered company's (all government controlled). Are you hearing any alarm bells yet?

One of the main problems of a Fintech dominated world it seems is the lack of regulation of the Central Banks to prevent electronic money which accounts for 90% of transactions today flowing into tax havens owned by the 1% club (The Rich) and one large company having the monopoly over the market. Is this why they we're forced into petty Gender Wars (Look here) to hide the real issue Economic Privilege. (Don't look here!)
 
This in turn would lead to restricted Emoney flow and would cause fintech company bankruptcy's as they have no real backing assets such as real estate, art, gold, silver as their value basis.

Is your money safe from the fall out? No, Thanks to the LNP/Labor/Greens in the House of Reps & in the Senate, with added help from the Sleepyhead Crossbenchers (controlled opposition?) Australia now has the bail in law passed in February 2018 which says that the bank can use (steal) your money in your account to prop up the bank from going bust.

In case you don't know - There are two parts to banking - the Commercial sector which we use and the Speculative Investment Banking Side comprising merchant banking, venture capital, stocks & bonds & futures trading.

What can we do? Australia can Stop our bank's using commercial (our money) to prop up their speculative investments in non regulated Fintech company's by introducing an Australian  Glass-Steagall Act, currently before the parliament as the Banking System Reform (Separation of Banks) Bill 2018 (https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r6136) This separates Commercial (Our money system) from their Speculative Investment Banking (debt based gambling!).

For a more detailed information on the Glass-Steagal Act please go here: https://www.federalreservehistory.org/essays/glass_steagall_act
 
For more information on these scary (think Cyprus) Bail-In laws in clear and simple English please go here: https://bradjamesmatthews.com/australia-new-bank-bail-in-laws/

In conclusion, the problem with the unbanked and the lgbtiq+ community is that they don't conform to the world view of the Orwellian 1984 book that may be the Globalist's real Agenda. Future Debt Slavery combined with Dutton's New Spy laws (The surveillance state on your phone!) may just be the straw that breaks the camel's back and ends the Freedoms many take for granted now. (Time to #WakeUp?)

So while you make sure you enjoy your hats handbags and gloves at the Melbourne Cup, while we can, you should also contact your MP and Senators and demand they vote Yes on the Banking System Reform (Separation of Banks) Bill 2018. Plus make a submission to support protection of citizen's savings and the Banking System Reform (Separation of Banks) Bill 2018 to the Banking Royal Commission before October 26th 2018. https://royalcommissioninterimreportwebform.lawinorder.com.au/#/

Nicola Stevenson
President,
Tranz4mations AU.




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President's Paws / HIV Decriminalisation in Australia
« on: September 22, 2018, 09:25:56 PM »
President's Paws HIV Decriminalisation in Australia

Tranz4mations AU officially endorses the HIV Institute of WA's "Discussion Paper on HIV Criminalisation in Western Australia".


See here: http://tranz4mations.net.au/index.php?topic=7055.0 Why wasn't the New Zealander Chairperson of POWA at the HIV Medical Fees Forum at the CPSU?

We welcome the HIV Institute's Leadership in this area and note that Mother Gretta from the Abbey of the Black Swan is their Official Spokesperson on HIV. We thank Neil Buckley & our Own Sr Mary-Jane for their hard work writing the report and I see lots of references on the back page.

It may seem that this issue is centralized on a small demographic of the population but this also involves the transgender community as many are involved with sex work as this is one of the few accepted ways Trans Women and trans men can earn a decent income.

Tranz4mations Views this law reform as an important first step in stopping unnecessary discrimination that occurs in the HIV and the Trans Communities.

It's also clear that Standards and Language regarding Disability & Mental Health need to rise. Would Mary-Jane be exaggerating if she were to say "the President of NAPWA arrived at the Forum with a list of spelling mistakes and implied Mother Gretta's Report looked autistic"?

What's the right attitude to Greet the Sisters with? Why wasn't Mother Gretta's letter allowed to be on the timeline slide? All readers are requested to read slowly and carefully the quote below.

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"These laws have no effect on the HIV epidemic other than to destroy the lives of people coming into contact with the criminal justice system. People are still under the assumption that HIV will kill, and that is simply inaccurate. While HIV is still a serious, chronic condition, We know it's really HIV stigma that kills — the stigma is why people don't get tested and partly why people don't stay in care."
Joshua Rich, (2017) “UCLA Law team makes successful case for decriminalizing HIV transmission”. From: http://tranz4mations.net.au/index.php?topic=7049.0


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Trans4mations Forum Research on HIV Law Reform Lit Review http://tranz4mations.net.au/index.php?board=192.0 proves that Transgender people are 49 times more likely to have HIV. This can not be overlooked when researching the topic and making recommendations in a report.


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Trans4mations Calls for NAPWA's Peak Body IN WA "POWA" to create a Permanent Transgender Representative on their Board. For reasons of Privacy Trans4mations recommends that the selection criteria include HIV Status "Non Disclosed" and "Passing as HIV Neg OK"


The HIV Leadership Community need to write job descriptions to Protect the Trans Community's MIPA Rights. The unwritten law among trans and gender diverse people is that HIV is not discussed in the community due to the stigma that the media has associated with it and a lot of it is hidden as trans people don't want to expose themselves to public ridicule.

There is A Crisis in WA with TransWomen being held in Male Prisons & The WA Health Consumer's Council stated that ALL Prisoners don't have access to Medicare. This is not acceptable in a Democratic Nation State.

Women in Men's Prisons is a Crisis. The trans woman are permanently segregated from the rest of the male prison population but this still is not the best as there is a ever present danger of rape or assault, Even from prison officers let alone the Psychological implications of being permanently isolated with no social interaction. End the ban on Medicare.

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"Tranz4mations calls for POWA to work with the Health Consumer's Council of WA to ensure that ALL HIV+ People have access to S100 Medications - and Tranz4mations would like to see an urgent investigation into Medical & HIV care in WA Prisons" Mary-Jane Singleton, Operations Director, Tranz4mations AU.

This is an Equity Issue and should not wait to be implemented when there is an media spotlight on the activity's surrounding alleged criminal transmission of HIV by trans people with HIV.

Decriminalisation of HIV should lead to the immediate release of all Prisoners and also with [free] ongoing professional followup services to prevent/stop homelessness as lack of Support enables the "falling back into the prison system" Syndrome.

We're pledged to Publish articles to help make law reform happen. Please do our survey below. You can write a yes or no on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Tranz4mations.net.au and please feel free to share this on social media.


Don't forget to follow @tranz4mations on Twitter. It is great to see so much interest in the very first Swan ball to be held on the 16th of November this year for trans and gender diverse people during WA Pride month celebrations.

But we must never forget our brothers and sisters that can not enjoy these events because of incarceration due to harsh HIV laws that discriminate due to the negative attitudes that society has demanded we provide for criminal activity associated with the stigma of HIV.

As always education is the key to understanding and statistics show that trans people can not escape from the fact that they are at the most risk of trying to navigate this law.


Signed Nicola Stevenson
President of Tranz4mations AU


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Tranz4mations AU Survey
Do you Endorse The HIV Institute' Call, on behalf of Positive People in WA, for the Western Australian Government to review the current criminal codes to decriminalise the transmission of HIV?
To "Vote"! You can write a YES or no on our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Tranz4mations.net.au and please feel free to share this on social media.
n.b. Spam & all nasties will be moderated out of the conversation.


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UNFOLDING OF WESTERN AUSTRALIAN AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT

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In Memorium / The Chamelon Society by RainbowQueerBunch
« on: July 15, 2018, 01:04:16 PM »
The Chamelon Society by RainbowQueerBunch
Published on 12 Oct 2012

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Editor's Note
As of today, The Chamelon Society WA was "closed under a cloud" 2 years and 6 months ago when it was under the care of Co-Ordinator #KarronSwinn. #Karron #Swinn

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NOTE, ENTIRE VIDEO NOW UPLOADED IN THREE PARTS, numbered as 18, 19 and 20.   

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The Chameleon Society has existed for many years in Perth, Western Australia. It offers a supportive environment for transvestites (cross-dressers) and transsexuals (whether pre or post operative). Back in 1986 they filmed a video running some 22 minutes introducing themselves, intended to be posted to overseas..

The sound level is very low, sorry it is what it is, but they describe the genesis of the organisation.  In the white top 2nd from left is Nikki, a non-op androgynous transexual, 2nd from the right is "michelle" who only a couple of years after this died of asbestosis/mesothelioma, at the right is "grace".

All 3 were key players in running the society when I first started attending.   I had possession of the original videotape at one time (after michelle's death,  the organising committee went through several changes I helped run the society myself for awhile in the late 80's and early 90's) and made a back-up copy for safe-keeping. Since then the original tape has probably been lost or broken.

Although I recorded the whole 22 minutes, I  recently discovered a recording comprising just the first 5 minutes of that videotape. I have included it here for the purposes of historical interest. I have had no dealings with The Chameleon Society for many years, but they were going strong last time I heard, and I wish them all the best. They were a great support to me during my coming out and transition.   (during the early part of my transition, I used a gender-neutral name.

When I transitioned full-time, I then used the final name I had chosen for myself)  It was through The Chameleon Society that I met others including Carol, Norrie, Sandra, Karen/Daniel and Kim/Fiona, and many others whose names I now cannot recall, all of who were a great support to me in my early days of transitioning . Although most of the regular members were married men, (heterosexual transvestites), several supportive wives would also sometimes attend.

Uploaded by Kaylee from New Zealand.

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#TheChamelonSociety by #RainbowQueerBunch  #ChamelonSociety #ChamelonsWA #Rainbow #Queer #Bunch @RainbowQueerBunch on #Youtube


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Video number one on this channel comprises the first few minutes of a videotape made by The Chameleon Society in Perth Western Australia in 1986. I have since found my copy of the entire recording which totals 22 minutes in length. My videotape is now more than 20 years old and required several stops and re-starts. I have come up with three 8 minute segments. I am fairly sure that everything is here with some overlap and nothing missing. Note that this was a colour recording but quality has suffered because the video cameras in those days performed poorly in conditions like an average lit loungeroom and also the videotape this was generated from was over 20 years old.

With the benefit of her university education, the latter parts of this video have superior camera operation by Nikki and interviews with those present on the night The Chameleon Society has existed for many years in Perth, Western Australia. It offers a supportive environment for transvestites (cross-dressers) and transsexuals (whether pre or post operative). Back in 1986 they filmed a video running some 22 minutes introducing themselves, intended to be posted to overseas..

The sound level is very low, sorry it is what it is, but they describe the genesis of the organisation. In the first 6 minute or so segment, in the white top 2nd from left is Nikki, a non-op androgynous transsexual, 2nd from the right is "michelle" who only a couple of years after this died of asbestosis/mesothelioma, at the right is "grace".

All 3 were key players in running the society when I first started attending. I had possession of the original videotape at one time (after michelle's death, the committee organising went through several changes, and I helped run the society myself for awhile in the late 1980's and early 90's) and made a back-up copy for safe-keeping.

Since then the original tape has probably been lost or broken. I have uploaded this here for the purposes of historical interest. I have had no dealings with The Chameleon Society for many years, but they were going strong last time I heard, and I wish them all the best. The now have an extremely good website (2012) They were a great support to me during my coming out and transition. (during the early part of my transition, I used a gender-neutral name.

When I transitioned and started living full-time as a woman, I then used the final name I had chosen for myself) It was through The Chameleon Society that I met others including Carol, Norrie, Sandra, Karen/Daniel and Kim/Fiona, and many others whose names I now cannot recall, all of who were a great support to me in my early days of transitioning .

Although most of the regular members were married men, (heterosexual transvestites), several supportive wives would also sometimes attend. This video was filmed in late 1985 or early 1986, at "michelle's" house in the suburb of Belmont, Perth Western Australia.

Uploaded by Kaylee from New Zealand.

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Hall of Shame / Pedophiles putting themselves with #LGBT
« on: July 15, 2018, 08:19:28 AM »
Pedophiles Desperately Trying To Join LGBT Movement with Their Own ‘Acceptance’ Flag
By Erin Coates July 10, 2018 at 4:11pm

Pedophiles have renamed themselves as “Minor Attracted Persons” in order to try and get acceptance and inclusion into the LGBT community.

The Daily Caller reported that Urban Dictionary defines Minor Attracted Persons — also known as MAPs — as a blanket term that includes infantophiles (a person attracted to infants), pedophiles (a person attracted to prepubescent children), hebephiles (a person attracted to pubescent children) and ephebophiles (a person attracted to post-pubescent children).

There are also NOMAPs or “Non-Offending Minor Attracted Persons” who reportedly don’t act on their attractions. “Just because someone is attracted to a child does not mean they are automatically going to sexually abuse them,” The Prevention Project said.

They’re using this new term in order to distance themselves from the toxicity of the connotation of the word “pedophile” and become a part of the LGBT community.

The #MAP community claims that pedophiles are “misunderstood, marginalized people,” much like the #LGBT community, according to The Daily Caller. They even created a flag for #Gay #Pride Month.

Websites like The Prevention Project say that “Everyone (Including Minor Attracted Persons or MAPs) Deserves Support” and provide stories that are meant to pull on heartstrings.

For example, they told the story of “John,” who “is not a child molester nor is he a sex offender. He has an attraction to children.” “John” was suicidal and bullied, but his therapist said he wouldn’t treat “sex offenders” after “John” told him about his attraction.

The Prevention Project insists that “John” deserves support too because “having an attraction is not the issue; acting on one’s attraction is.”

This is not the first time that people have attempted to redefine pedophilia as a sexual orientation that should be included in the LGBT community.

WND reported that a group of mental health professionals created B4U-Act in 2003 to “help mental health professionals learn more about attraction to minors and to consider the effects of stereotyping, stigma, and fear.”

In 2010, two Canadian psychologists said that pedophilia is a sexual orientation. “True pedophiles have an exclusive preference for children, which is the same as having a sexual orientation. You cannot change this person’s sexual orientation. He may, however, remain abstinent,” Van Gijseghem, a psychologist and retired University of Montreal professor, told Parliament.

The 2013 WND article went on to report that with the laws that were being introduced at the time for gay rights could also pave the way for pedophilia rights.

“The language is so broad and vague, it arguably could include all forms of sexual orientation including pedophilia,” Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, said. “It’s not just the orientation that is protected, that conduct associated with the orientation is protected as well.”

This name change, as The Daily Caller pointed out, would follow the liberal trend of making things “politically correct.” It’s concerning to think about how much things like pedophilia will be normalized if they are made “politically correct.”

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General Discussions / Greece: Lesbos Islanders Dispute Lesbian Name
« on: July 14, 2018, 06:02:17 PM »
Greece: Lesbos Islanders Dispute Lesbian Name
By Malcolm Brabant BBC News, Athens

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Gay pride parade Brazil 2007
The term lesbian is now widely used to describe homosexual women

Campaigners on the Greek island of Lesbos are to go to court in an attempt to stop a gay rights organisation from using the term "lesbian".

The islanders say that if they are successful they may then start to fight the word lesbian internationally.

The issue boils down to who has the right to call themselves Lesbians.

Is it gay women, or the 100,000 people living on Greece's third biggest island - plus another 250,000 expatriates who originate from Lesbos?

The man spearheading the case, publisher Dimitris Lambrou, claims that international dominance of the word in its sexual context violates the human rights of the islanders, and disgraces them around the world.

He says it causes daily problems to the social life of Lesbos's inhabitants.

Injunction sought

In court papers, the plaintiffs allege that the Greek government is so embarrassed by the term Lesbian that it has been forced to rename the island after its capital, Mytilini.

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An early court date has now been set for judges to decide whether to grant an injunction against the Homosexual and Lesbian Community of Greece and to order it to change its name.

A spokeswoman for the group has described the case as a groundless violation of freedom of expression, and has pledged to fight it.

The term lesbian originated from the poet Sappho, who was a native of Lesbos.

Sappho expressed her love of other women in poetry written during the 7th Century BC.

But according to Mr Lambrou, new historical research has discovered that Sappho had a family, and committed suicide for the love of a man.

Campaigners on the Greek island of Lesbos are to go to court in an attempt to stop a gay rights organisation from using the term "lesbian".

The islanders say that if they are successful they may then start to fight the word lesbian internationally.

The issue boils down to who has the right to call themselves Lesbians.

Is it gay women, or the 100,000 people living on Greece's third biggest island - plus another 250,000 expatriates who originate from Lesbos?

The man spearheading the case, publisher Dimitris Lambrou, claims that international dominance of the word in its sexual context violates the human rights of the islanders, and disgraces them around the world.

He says it causes daily problems to the social life of Lesbos's inhabitants.

In court papers, the plaintiffs allege that the Greek government is so embarrassed by the term Lesbian that it has been forced to rename the island after its capital, Mytilini.

An early court date has now been set for judges to decide whether to grant an injunction against the Homosexual and Lesbian Community of Greece and to order it to change its name.

A spokeswoman for the group has described the case as a groundless violation of freedom of expression, and has pledged to fight it.

The term lesbian originated from the poet Sappho, who was a native of Lesbos.

Sappho expressed her love of other women in poetry written during the 7th Century BC.

But according to Mr Lambrou, new historical research has discovered that Sappho had a family, and committed suicide for the love of a man.


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President's Paws "Ur not really trans" is like Saying "Go Kill Yourself" 7 July 2018

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From: http://tranz4mations.net.au/index.php?topic=7086

The recent big news that no one is focused on is that the World Health Organization on June 18 of this year re categorized people who identify as transgender from a mental heath illness to a sexual health illness. You can see how distressing  this is to some from the quote below.

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I am not fond of being classified under the same broad category as Male erectile dysfunction, sadism and pedophilia or someone whose sexual pattern place myself or others at risk for HIV “and/or other STIs.” However, our opposition will love it.
http://tranz4mations.net.au/index.php?topic=6755

It seems that this statement puts transgender people in the same category as sexual perverts and Tranz4mations would rather see it as a mental health condition where at least trans people could claim the disability support pension for the condition, if they found employment is not an option. Of course we know that the two options are not true and gender and sexuality are completely two different things and a person's sense of identity should be respected and not questioned.

It's much better to steer the ship in the right direction rather than have enemies run us around the Court, as in the recent equal Marriage  debate where the Margaret Court Arena [We Love Margaret] was the target because she stated she was in the no camp and the yes camp wanted the arena to drop the name as punishment for free speech. And of course the media focus was on this debate, even after the campaign ended, rather than the real reasons for having equal marriage.

The recent history of trans4mations over the past 3 years has been focused on providing an information hub and we know from the information obtained that the long history of personal transition is filled with with taboos and traumas, be it loss of friends, loved ones or jobs. As one gets older our bodies find it harder for our bodies to keep up with the demands of our thoughts which is why professional support services are essential for mature age transitioners.

One of the hardest things to overcome is the bullying behaviours of so called support networks in the LGBTIQ+ communities. There is a need for people to fit in to gatekeeper's narrow minded and selectively applied frameworks and cult like groups which hide information and agendas or face ostracisation within Trans Community Groups is at best unhelpful and can lead to more isolation and sometimes is the direct cause of death from suicide. Another taboo we're not supposed to talk about!   

The statement of "you're not really trans" remains one of the nastiest judgements still being bandied about by unqualified vipers whose #FakeNews approach leads some to try to pose as psychological experts to mask their recklessly malicious intent. The unreasonable demand that we all need to name & justify our gender identity at the drop of a hat to feed gossips is a slap in the face to privacy and confidentiality which gets thrown out of the window. 

If a spade is a spade, given what we ALL know about triggers for suicide, then what they really mean when they say "you're not really trans" is "Go Kill yourself".

Likewise, spreading nasty lies dressed in the tacky drag of "a concerned community member" including the outing of HIV status of anyone without consent can be the equal to "Go Kill yourself". When employed health professionals do this "duty of care" is the baby in the bath negligently thrown out the window?
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Duty of Care is "a requirement that a person act toward others and the public with watchfulness, attention, caution and prudence that a reasonable person in the circumstances would. If a person's actions do not meet this standard of care, then the acts are considered negligent, and any damages resulting may be claimed in a lawsuit for negligence". From: http://tranz4mations.net.au/index.php?topic=6577.0

In group nasty personal attacks & spreading of false rumours by local internet trolls in groups online is why Tranz4mations AU was forced to take the decision to moderate every item posted when we started our Facebook Group. Some people just can't stop picking nasty fights and Tranz4mations makes sure we limit the damage of these petty drama queens on our Facebook Page and in our group. We try to get to approve all posts as quickly as we can and apologise if we've missed seeing some in the past. Unlike other short sighted social media groups where one upmanship in threads and posts has lead to members leaving the group. Some being professional's providing a free consultation service to the groups members.

Tranz4mations takes very seriously our commitment to providing an inclusive space to share properly researched and fact checked links to educational and support materials collated on this website, which I see is developing into what Operations Director, Mary-Jane, tells me is called a "research hub". We do include some articles, with Editor's Notes. we disagree with because it's important to know the real enemy, such as the Feminists who name trans women as men and want all men to die.

ALL groups need to take duty of care seriously. It's not just being PC but sneaky attacks and hidden censorship should not happen in public spaces. The internet and Social Media Groups are public spaces and as well as personal plus if you are rich enough to go to court you can there are legal consequences for publishing slander. If we are a Community, then don't you think avoiding slanderous lies or anything able to be read by a vulnerable person as "go kill yourself" should be a matter of self control, self regulation and respect?

I think that a new Category in the Identity politician's "List of Genders" needs to be "medically unable to transition". Some examples are  Physical abnormalities or health conditions that prevent gender affirming surgery. Or other endocrinology (HRT) conditions. In the last 3 years I have seen an lot of judging/gossip about other people's status as Pre Op, Post Op, No Op or Medically unable to transition based on other people's uninformed opinions. If you don't know someone or have access to doctor records how can you say anything of facts?

Pre op, post op, no op are terms that define the transgender condition and dictate what tribe a trans person fits in pre surgery or post surgery (SRS).The trans person that decides to go down the no surgery road because they are medically unable to transition or other factors comes across what is known as post op privilege that seem to be the guiding force in the local and interstate community's. The well meaning leaders can at times be judgemental over the pre op,or no op and has lead to heated debates in social media leading at times to threats of groups closing the social media sites down. It is important to note here too that getting the trans community to work together is like herding cats.

This culture needs to be fixed. If people would speak up and say stop gossiping, that's not your business or stop repeating lies/gossip then the trans community would be safer. In our Facebook group Mary-Jane or Rebecca are very quick to delete nasty posts. I think this is better than allowing public fighting to make the community look bad.

Telling a person who is "medically unable to transition" they are not really trans is like saying "Go kill yourself. Remember the person who threw herself under a train? Turns out She couldn't find out how to get HRT and felt the trans "community" wouldn't be "friendly" because she looked like a man. How many of us older people can look as good as we want?

Why Does support or social status only get given to people who pass or attempt to adhere to traditional binary ways of appearance? This Gatekeeper culture or the Spanish Inquisition makes not passing a real fear of failure. Hiding Knowledge or deliberate not sharing of places to go for help is one more reason why suicide prevention services for mature age gender diverse people need to be delivered by qualified in "regulated" agencies staffed by unbiased health workers.

We know also that choices to transition or to Not transitioning may include medical reasons or financial, or just that the person may need more time to adjust. People join groups for support but before they sit down the demand to identify ourselves is made. Don't answer quick enough or say the wrong thing and your out. Instant trust is not real and over sharing is not good. Privacy means not having to tell everyone your business, especially when you're unsure and stressed by life.

There are certain groups that fast track the surgery's overseas bypassing the so called gatekeeping that is in place to prevent remorse post op in Australia. But is this always good. Three months pre op to post op can lead to false flags being raised that everything will be fine once a person undergoes surgery. Complex needs such as De-transitioning must be managed by qualified health professionals. Sometimes celebrity and high profile role models lead to false expectations and an illusion of ease that pressures people to rush their journey to fit in.

I have been thinking about Transitioning and the taboo of DE-transitioning , reasons are varied and mostly personal. Many don't like talking or don't have the words which can be scary. We need to care more and let people take their own time and not shame people for having a start, stop, go back, start journey. I think it's much harder for older trans people who have bigger body issues to transition yet it is strange that the group with most need has less help. Is this WA saying "Go kill yourself?" 

The need for the freedom center to expand its services to over 26 year old people is great and can not be stated enough because the duplication of services argument means no-one else can get funding for a mature age drop in center. It is a sad fact that a centralized professional service along the lines of the gender center (Melbourne) could operate out of the same doors, and help many. Sourcing services for trans and gender diverse are by word of mouth and a hit and miss approach at best to find doctors, endocrinologists, etc in Western Australia. And this must be included in the new WA lgbtiq+ Heath Strategy.

It's a shame some of us don't take the time to read some of the research before we join the Trans Inquisition and start to publicly crucify people who don't agree with our own opinion of rightness of identity and expression. It should be OK to have different views and just because you disagree with someone doesn't mean you have the right to type abuse online. If you want respect then give some and you might get some too.

Tranz4mations believes psychological interventions are best carried out by qualified professionals not by inexperienced but well meaning volunteer leaders of support groups. Support Groups are excellent for peer support and socialization but Complex medical and Psychological needs, not so much.

In conclusion there can be no doubt that the lived experience of the gender diverse or trans person can be impacted on greatly by well meaning members of the community in a positive/negative way, but a professional approach at a one stop central location is something that a LGBT heath strategy must address.The Freedom center seems to be a logical choice in extending the service to the marginalized over 26 year olds that do not have the support of a well informed medical service/ miscellaneous services catering to the specific needs of these individuals. There is still a large number of people that fly under the radar as seen in the UK LGBT 2018 survey.

"Nineteen percent of respondents with a job in the preceding 12 months had not been open about their sexual orientation or gender identity with any of their colleagues at the same or a lower level". From: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-lgbt-survey-summary-report/national-lgbt-survey-summary-report

So a discrete professional service that is not duplicated elsewhere seems to be the answer,and this should alleviate the isolation and disconnection that is felt by this group.

Nicola Stevenson
President
Tranz4mations AU



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Transgender People and Suicide: The Tragedy, and the Hope
Transgender youth and adults have far higher rates of suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts than the average person. Consider these research findings: The suicide rate among transgender adults in an international study was almost 800 per 100,000.
https://www.speakingofsuicide.com/2015/01/02/transgender-suicide/



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Letters For My Sisters: Transitional Wisdom In Retrospect is a groundbreaking anthology from Transgress Press that features intimate letters written by 35 trans women to their past selves or other trans women. The letters include advice, reassurances, warnings and wisdom, resulting in a collection of revealing stories of childhood, transitioning, and becoming women.

http://tranz4mations.net.au/index.php?topic=6541.0

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On Monday, June 18th, The World Health Organization announced that in its most recent edition of the International Classification of Diseases, people who identify as Transgender will no longer fall under the category of suffering a mental illness. Many activists around the globe applauded this decision. The justification for the reassignment of Trans-identifying humans to another chapter of the book was that it might help reduce the stigma and bias that its previous classification promoted. From their website:

    “During a meeting held in Antigua, Guatemala in May 2000, an expert group convened by the Pan American Health Organization and WHO in collaboration with the World Association for Sexology (WAS) compiled an overview of sexual concerns and problems that should be addressed in order to advance sexual health (PAHO/WHO 2000). Sexual health concerns are life situations that can be addressed through education about sexuality and society-wide actions in order to promote the sexual health of individuals. The health sector has a role to play in assessment, and in providing counselling and care.”

In May of 2000. 18 years ago, and the conference from then has imposed the changes made just last Monday.

So, where did they relocate us to in their renowned Classification of Diseases Directory Revision?

Under the category: “Sexual Health Problems.”

You read that right. Now, the state of identifying as Transgender is considered, officially, a “Sexual Health Condition.” While not a mental illness, an illness, nonetheless, but this time, a sexually-related one. I sit in absolute amazement at the overwhelming support this amendment has provoked from organizations, allies and even some Trans folks. In a statement, the advocacy group Transgender Europe (TGEU) called the decision a “historic achievement.”

Excuse me? That’s like saying, “Hey, we’re not mentally impaired anymore, now we’re just sexually abnormal.”

For most Trans men and women, there is nothing- I repeat- nothing wrong with the state of their sexual health. To point out what others have done thousands of times over the years, probably more eloquently than I intend to here; Sexuality has nothing to do with gender or gender identity. Our sexual behaviors and performance, just as is the case with our cisgender counterparts, is not dictated or impeded by our gender identity.

Identifying as a Transgender individual is not indicative of a sexual disparity by comparison to anyone else. Our sexual interests are not abnormal exclusively because we are Transgender people. Most transgender people, whether they identify as gay, lesbian, straight, bisexual, pansexual, demisexual or asexual, are not a collective suffering a sexual health issue.

While many were overjoyed that the state of existing as a Transgender human being has been declassified as a mental illness, few seem to consider the damage that reclassifying us as “Sexually incorrect” will inflict upon us.

Politically, it will favor those conservatives who have deemed us sexual deviants; Specifically transwomen, who they claim are disguising themselves as women in order to infiltrate, in some perverse, covert operation, women’s public bathrooms. Religious leaders and Republicans have had a hyper-focus on the sexuality of transwomen to perpetuate the irrational fear that we are a threat to their wives and young daughters. Radical feminists have malignantly leveraged the sexuality of transwomen to accuse them of feigning womanhood with the intent of “Forcibly penetrating lesbians by pretending to be women.”

Rape. They’re calling transwomen rapists. Without any precedence and motivated by pure prejudice, they aggressively spread misinformation to incite fear and hatred toward transgender women by creating a false, harmful narrative regarding our sexual proclivities.

By reclassifying the state of being transgender as a “Sexual Health Issue,” the WHO is not reducing stigma. They’re not reducing prejudice. Whereas before, when it was determined- albeit incorrectly- as a mental illness, at least to provoked some semblance of sympathy. Now, we’re just a decidedly sexually skewed individual whose behaviors are “Incongruent” with our biologically assigned gender.

Again, they're disregarding the irrefutable science that gender identity and sexuality are mutually exclusive. The occurrence of one being transgender is not influenced or caused by an individuals sexuality- or the function of their sexual health.

World Health Organization spokesperson, Dr. Jennifer Conti said this to USA today after the announcement:

    “By changing the class of this condition, the WHO is effectively saying to everyone and to the world that this is not a mental disorder and we support people who are transgender,” Conti said. “It’s a really meaningful step because it promotes inclusivity, it promotes acceptance.”

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I am not fond of being classified under the same broad category as Male erectile dysfunction, sadism and pedophilia or someone whose sexual pattern place myself or others at risk for HIV “and/or other STIs.” However, our opposition will love it.

From the World Heath Organization Website

In a disastrous move, the WHO has provided ammunition to the politicians, evangelicals and conservatives who continue to campaign against our inclusion and normalizing in mainstream society.

While transgender individuals require specialized medical care from a medical community that largely lacks appropriate training in treatment protocols and simple sensitivity, our transgender status has nothing to do with the function of our sexual practices or overall health. Being transgender has less to do with our sexuality than it does for any man or woman- straight or gay- who enjoys receiving anal sex. Yet, most bigoted conservatives claim that alone is indicative of a sexual health defect. It’s important to note, this document released by the WHO does not reference the sexual habits of LGB people specifically- only transgender people. It identifies, with its categorical context as the sole sect of society posing a risk to ourselves and others- not a vulnerable people at risk for prejudicial social violence and murder based on our status. It does not bother to investigate the high rates of depression, anxiety and suicide- not as a result of being transgender- but the hostile social and political climate that makes it increasingly difficult to thrive as emotionally sound, mentally stable human beings. A climate in which no person who is constantly targeted by the state, demonized by evangelists and persecuted by those consuming propaganda could ever thrive. Many of us do, in fact, suffer from mental illness, but it’s not because we’re transgender. It’s because we’re abused, degraded and in a state of perpetual danger as a result of who we are.

The WHO dismisses all the evidence that proves without a doubt that transgender people would, in fact, not suffer the disproportionate mental and emotional health afflictions we do if we were not constantly dodging attacks from those in power who create laws and perpetuate mythologies that cause us immense psychological damage.

This reclassification does not help.

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General Discussions / National LGBT Survey UK: Summary report
« on: July 04, 2018, 01:09:45 PM »
National LGBT Survey: Summary report [UK]
Research and analysis
Published 3 July 2018

Ministerial Foreword

This government is committed to making the UK a country that works for everyone. We want to strip away the barriers that hold people back so that everyone can go as far as their hard work and talent can take them.

The UK today is a diverse and tolerant society. We have made great strides in recent decades in our acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, who make a vital contribution to our culture and to our economy.

This government has a proud record in advancing equality for LGBT people. From changing the law to allow same-sex couples to marry to introducing Turing Pardons, we have been at the forefront of change. The UK has consistently been recognised as one of the best countries for LGBT rights in Europe. Despite this progress, we cannot get complacent. We know that LGBT people continue to face significant barriers to full participation in public life. Your sexual orientation or your gender identity should not be a barrier to success.

In July 2017, we launched a survey to gather more information about the experiences of LGBT people in the UK. The survey response was unprecedented. Over 108,000 people participated, making it the largest national survey of LGBT people in the world to date.

Today we are publishing a detailed report on the headline findings. These focus on the experiences of LGBT people in the areas of safety, health, education and employment.

Although respondents were generally positive about the UK’s record on LGBT rights, some of the findings make for difficult reading:

    LGBT respondents are less satisfied with their life than the general UK population (rating satisfaction 6.5 on average out of 10 compared with 7.7). Trans respondents had particularly low scores (around 5.4 out of 10)
    More than two thirds of LGBT respondents said they had avoided holding hands with a same-sex partner for fear of a negative reaction from others
    At least 2 in 5 respondents had experienced an incident because they were LGBT, such as verbal harassment or physical violence, in the 12 months preceding the survey. However, more than 9 in 10 of the most serious incidents went unreported, often because respondents thought ‘it happens all the time’
    two percent of respondents had undergone conversion or reparative therapy in an attempt to ‘cure’ them of being LGBT, and a further 5% had been offered it
    twenty four percent of respondents had accessed mental health services in the 12 months preceding the survey

None of this is acceptable. Clearly, we have more to do. We have therefore published a comprehensive LGBT Action Plan that sets out what steps the government will take in response to the survey findings. This looks across the board at government services. We will also publish as much of the survey data as possible, so that stakeholders and researchers can make use of the findings.

Despite the progress we have made as a country, we should not be blind to the fact that LGBT people continue to face barriers to full participation in public life. We want to build a country that works for everyone, and that means tackling these burning injustices.

The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP

Secretary of State for International Development and Minister for Women and Equalities

The National LGBT Survey

In July 2017, the government launched a nationwide LGBT survey.

The survey, which ran from July to October, asked LGBT and intersex people for their views on public services and about their experiences more generally living as a LGBT person in the UK. The survey received over 108,000 valid responses, making it the largest national survey to date of LGBT people anywhere in the world.

This document provides a summary of the key findings from the survey. Alongside this report, we have published a more detailed analysis of the survey findings as well as a LGBT Action Plan that sets out how the government will address these findings.

Why we did the survey

Since 1967, when Parliament partially decriminalised male homosexual acts in England and Wales, the UK has made significant progress to advance equality for LGBT people. Recent milestones include bringing in the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act 2013, which allowed same-sex couples to marry, and introducing ‘Turing’s Law’ in the Policing and Crime Act 2017, which posthumously pardons men who were convicted for having sex with men prior to 1967 where the offence is no longer a crime. Our Parliament now has the highest proportion of openly lesbian, gay and bisexual members of any legislature in the world and we are consistently ranked as one of the best countries in Europe for LGBT rights.

Despite this progress on legal entitlements, research and evidence has continued to suggest that LGBT people face discrimination, bullying and harassment in education, at work and on the streets, hate crime and higher inequalities in health satisfaction and outcomes.

Effective policymaking requires a sound evidence base. This means hearing directly from the people who are affected by policies. In 2015, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) commissioned the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) to conduct a wide-ranging, critical assessment of the evidence base regarding inequality experienced by LGBT people in the UK1. We wanted to understand what the evidence was telling us so we could intervene where it matters most.

The NIESR review found that “the evidence base for an effective assessment of inequality and relative disadvantage by sexual orientation and gender identity is deficient and has major gaps.” Further, it found there was a lack of research involving robust sample sizes that could look at different sexual orientations and gender identities at a more granular level. It also noted that national and administrative datasets tend not to hold LGBT-related data, limiting the government’s ability to understand how LGBT people were accessing public services and what their experiences were. Yet despite the above, NIESR noted that the research tended to point in 1 direction – continued inequality for LGBT people in many areas of public life.

In this context, the government launched a nationwide survey in July 2017. The survey was open to anyone aged 16 or above who was living in the UK and who identified as LGBT. The acronym ‘LGBT’ was used as an umbrella term; respondents could be from any minority sexual orientation (such as asexual or pansexual) or gender identity (such as non-binary or genderqueer). The survey was also open to individuals who have a variation in sex characteristics (intersex).

The aim of the survey was to develop a better understanding of the experiences of LGBT and intersex people, particularly in the areas of health, education, personal safety and employment. These were chosen as the existing evidence suggested that they were the main areas where LGBT people face the largest inequalities.

Methodology

The LGBT survey was hosted online for 12 weeks. Given the lack of data on the LGBT population in national and administrative datasets, an online survey was considered the best way to access a large number of respondents. The online element also allowed respondents to provide anonymous and confidential responses.

The survey was designed by GEO in consultation with policy experts across government, civil society organisations, academics and relevant stakeholders. The survey collected a mixture of quantitative and qualitative data.

The survey was promoted widely by GEO, by stakeholders, at national LGBT pride events, via national media coverage and on social media. Ministers publicised it during multiple interviews and videos during the 2017 LGBT pride celebrations.

Interpreting the findings

In total, we received 108,100 valid responses. A small number of responses that fell outside our target audience (i.e. from people under 16 or people who were not LGBT) were removed during the data-cleaning process. The survey also received 32,715 responses to an optional free-text question at the end of the survey. The GEO commissioned Ipsos MORI to analyse this rich qualitative data.

Though the number of respondents to the survey was large, we still need to be careful when interpreting the data and extrapolating from the findings. The sample was self-selected, and there is no guarantee that it was representative of the entire LGBT population in the UK. No robust and representative data of the LGBT population in the UK currently exists, although the Office for National Statistics is considering including a sexual orientation question in the 2021 census and is looking at options for producing gender identity population estimates. In addition, respondents had to be willing to self-identify as LGBT; these people may have a different experience to those who are unwilling to identify in this way, even in an anonymous survey.

The results

In this section, we relay some of the headline findings from the survey and give them some context with wider evidence. The final section of this summary report considers the findings in a political context and sets out what steps the government will take as a response. Alongside this summary document, we have published a more detailed analysis of the survey findings.

Who responded?

The survey received 108,100 valid responses from individuals aged 16 or over who were living in the UK and self-identified as LGBT or intersex.
Sexual orientation

Sixty one percent of respondents identified as gay or lesbian and a quarter (26%) identified as bisexual. A small number identified as pansexual (4%), asexual (2%) and queer (1%)2.

These figures varied by age. For example, younger respondents were more likely to identify as bisexual, asexual, pansexual, queer or ‘other’ (39% of cisgender respondents under 35 compared to 14% of cisgender respondents over 35).3 This reflects work undertaken by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) that shows younger people are more likely to be bisexual than older people.4

Gender Identity

Thirteen percent of the respondents were transgender (or trans). Of the total sample, 6.9% of respondents were non-binary (i.e. they identified as having a gender that was neither exclusively that of a man nor a woman), 3.5% were trans women (i.e. they had transitioned from man to woman at some point in their life) and 2.9% were trans men (i.e. they had transitioned from woman to man).

Younger trans respondents were more likely than older respondents to identify as non-binary. For example, 57% of trans respondents under 35 were non-binary compared with 36% of those aged 35 or over. Younger respondents were also more likely to be trans men (26% of trans respondents under 35 were trans men compared with 10% aged 35 or over) and less likely to be trans women (17% of trans respondents under 35 were trans women compared with 54% aged 35 or over). This age profile partly accords with the referral figures to the children and adolescent gender identity services where the majority of referrals in 2016-17 were for people assigned female at birth (1,400 of the 2,016 referrals – 69%).5

Other demographics

Respondents were younger, on average, than the general UK population. Over two thirds (69%) of respondents were aged between 16 and 34; this compares with just under a third (31%) for the UK population as a whole.6 This is consistent with findings by the ONS that younger people are more likely to identify as LGB. In 2016, the ONS estimated that 2% of the UK population, or just over 1 million people, identify as having a minority sexual orientation. The proportion was higher for younger people (e.g. 4.1% of 16-24 year olds) than older people (e.g. 2.9% of 25 to 34 year olds and 0.7% of those aged 65 and over).7 These figures are about sexual orientation only, and not gender identity.

Respondents were most likely to be resident in London (19% of respondents), the South East (15%) or the North West (12%) of England. 8% of respondents were from Scotland, 4% were from Wales and 2% were from Northern Ireland. The geographical distribution broadly replicates estimates from the ONS of where LGB people live that show, for example, that London has the highest proportion of LGB people in the UK.8 The ONS figures also estimate that 9% of the LGB population live in Scotland, 4% live in Wales and 2% live in Northern Ireland.

Life in the UK
Life satisfaction

On average, respondents were less satisfied with their life nowadays than the general population, scoring it 6.5 out of 10, compared with 7.7 for the general UK population.9 Among cisgender respondents, gay/lesbian people had the highest scores (6.9) and pansexual or asexual people had the lowest scores (both 5.9). Trans people had low scores: trans men scored 5.1, trans women scored 5.5 and non-binary people scored 5.5.
Average life satisfaction (out of 10)
Change between chart and table

    UK Population    7.7
    Gay/Lesbian    6.9
    Bisexual    6.3
    Pansexual    5.9
    Asexual    5.9
    Trans woman    5.5
    Non-binary    5.5
    Trans man    5.1

UK Population
7.7
Gay/Lesbian
6.9
Bisexual
6.3
Pansexual
5.9
Asexual
5.9
Trans woman
5.5
Non-binary
5.5
Trans man
5.1

Feeling comfortable

Over half of the respondents (56%) felt comfortable being LGBT in the UK, rating their comfort as a 4 or 5 out of 5. Amongst cisgender respondents, gay and lesbian people were the most comfortable (63% comfortable) and asexual people were the least (49% comfortable). As with life satisfaction, trans people generally felt less comfortable. 37% of trans women, 34% of trans men and 38% of non-binary people felt comfortable being LGBT in the UK. Only 5% of all trans respondents aged under 25 said they felt very comfortable (scoring 5 out of 5), rising to 15% of those aged 55-64 and 31% of those aged 65+.

Safety

The existing evidence suggests that LGBT people are at greater risk than the general population of being victims of crime; Stonewall, for example, recently found in their YouGov survey that more than 25% of trans respondents who were in a relationship in the last year had been subject to domestic abuse.10 NIESR found that underreporting of hate crime is a particularly common issue. They also found that LGBT people can be unwilling to use relevant services for fear of homophobic, transphobic or biphobic responses from staff and service users or because they do not think the response will meet their needs. Data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) being published alongside this report for the first time reveal that gay, lesbian and bisexual people are more likely than heterosexual people to be victims of all CSEW crime.

“I still wouldn’t walk down my street holding hands for fear of attack, or kiss on public transport. Simple things that heterosexual people take for granted.” Man, gay, 45-54, London

Openness about being LGBT

Over two thirds (68%) of all respondents with a minority sexual orientation said they had avoided holding hands in public with a same-sex partner for fear of a negative reaction from others. Similarly, 70% said they had avoided being open about their sexual orientation for fear of a negative reaction; this was higher for cisgender respondents who were asexual (89%), queer (86%), and bisexual (80%). The most common places where cisgender respondents had avoided being open about their sexual orientation were on public transport (65%) and in the workplace (56%). Some respondents described feeling safer moving to large cities with a significant LGBT population, like London, Brighton and Manchester.

“I often will change what I wear so that I blend in more, and walk fast, and wear headphones in the street, so that at least when people are transphobic and insulting to me I don’t hear it. (I know it still happens because when I don’t do this, it does regularly happen.)” Trans woman, pansexual, 35-44,

South East

Fifty nine percent of trans women and 56% of trans men who responded to the survey said they had avoided expressing their gender identity for fear of a negative reaction from others. For non-binary respondents the figure was much higher, at 76%. Generally, respondents with a minority gender identity had avoided expressing their gender identity in all contexts, but particularly when out in public (e.g. 68% avoided it on the street).

A quarter (24%) of all respondents were not open at all about being LGBT with family members that they lived with (excluding partners), while 65% were open with all or most. Younger people were more likely not to be open with any of the family they lived with (42% of cisgender 16-17 year olds and 28% of 18-24 year olds). Only 3% of all respondents were not open about being LGBT to any of their friends; around 82% were open to all or most of their friends.

Incidents

In total, 40% of respondents had experienced an incident in the 12 months preceding the survey committed by someone they did not live with and because they were LGBT. Around a quarter (26%) had experienced verbal harassment, insults or other hurtful comments, 14% had experienced disclosure of their LGBT status without permission, 6% had been threatened with physical or sexual harassment or violence, 2% had experienced physical violence and 2% had experienced sexual violence. In the free text responses, many respondents talked about damage to their personal property, such as their car or their home.

“I reported an online hate campaign that had been started by my neighbours when I moved in with my now wife. My step daughters have been bullied at school as a result of this. I have received countless threats, been physically attacked once and verbally attacked on a daily basis by neighbours. I reported this to the police who came out, took a look at the online content and concluded they could do nothing about it as it was on Facebook and calling someone a dirty little tranny is okay apparently.” Trans man, heterosexual, 25-34, South East

Twenty nine percent had experienced an incident involving someone they lived with because they were LGBT. The most common types were verbal harassment (14% experienced this), disclosure of their LGBT status without permission (14%) and coercive or controlling behaviour (9%). We know in the last year that the number of hate crimes recorded by the police on the grounds of sexual orientation and being transgender has risen by 27% (from 7,194 in 2015-16 to 9,157 in 2016-17) and 45% (from 858 in 2015-16 to 1,248 in 2016-17) respectively.11 This may be, in part, due to improved recording by the police and increased willingness of victims to come forward.

The large majority of the most serious incidents respondents experienced went unreported (for example, 94% of respondents did not report the most serious incident they experienced where it involved people they lived with). The most common reasons for not reporting incidents to the police were because respondents thought the incident ‘was too minor, not serious enough, or it happens all the time’, that ‘it would not be taken seriously enough’ and/or that ‘nothing would happen or change’. When incidents outside the home were reported to the police, almost half (45%) of respondents were unsatisfied with how their report was handled.

We do not report it as we are so used to homophobic behaviour that we keep our mouths shut. We are afraid of the police laughing at us. We are afraid of the humiliation of having to say we were raped by another woman. We are afraid that no-one will take us seriously.” Woman, lesbian 35-44, South West

Conversion therapy

Five percent of respondents had been offered so called ‘conversion’ or ‘reparative’ therapy (but did not take it up) and a further 2% had undergone it. We did not provide a definition of conversion therapy in the survey, but it can range from pseudo-psychological treatments to, in extreme cases, surgical interventions and ‘corrective’ rape. These figures were higher for trans respondents (e.g. 9% of trans men been offered it and 4% had undergone it). Faith organisations were by far the most likely group to have conducted conversion therapy (51% of those who received it had it conducted by faith groups), followed by healthcare professionals (19% of those who received it had it conducted by healthcare professionals).
Who conducted the so called ‘conversion’ or ‘reparative’ therapy?

Note: respondents could select multiple responses. Percentages shown are of the 2,640 survey respondents who had received ‘conversion’ or ‘reparative’ therapy to cure them of being LGBT.
Change between chart and table

    Prefer not to say    11%
    Person from my community    9%
    Any other individual or organsation not listed above    14%
    Parent, guardian or other family member    16%
    Healthcare provider or medical professional    19%
    Faith organisation or group    51%

Prefer not to say
11%
Person from my community
9%
Any other individual or organsation not listed above
14%
Parent, guardian or other family member
16%
Healthcare provider or medical professional
19%
Faith organisation or group
51%

Education

The NIESR report noted that there was a lack of robust evidence on the experiences of LGBT people in education, but that existing research does suggest that homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying persists in schools.12 Furthermore, existing research has suggested that LGBT students do not feel their needs are addressed, particularly in sex and relationships education, as teachers and the curriculum assume that students do not have a minority sexual orientation or gender identity. Respondents to the survey who were in education at the start of the 2016 to 2017 academic year were asked a series of questions about their experiences.

Education content

Only 3% of respondents said they had discussed sexual orientation and gender identity at school, be that during lessons, in assemblies or elsewhere. Over three quarters (77%) said that neither was discussed, though this was lower for younger respondents, e.g. 54% for 16-17 year olds. Where these topics were discussed at school, only 9% of respondents said that the discussions had prepared them well for later life as an LGBT person. These findings are consistent with existing research using much smaller sample sizes.13 In the optional free text question, many respondents highlighted the importance of including LGBT-specific content as part of sex education, but noted that it had been lacking from their own school experience.

Incidents

A third of respondents who were in education in 2016-2017 said that they experienced a negative reaction during that time due to them being, or people perceiving them to be, LGBT. Common reactions were disclosure of their LGBT status without permission (21% experienced this) and verbal harassment (19%). Others reported exclusion from events or activities (6%). Some had experienced sexual and physical harassment (2% and 2% respectively). These percentages were very similar across minority sexual orientations but those with minority gender identities tended to have worse experiences (e.g. 13% of trans men and women in education said they had experienced being excluded from activities). These findings corroborate existing research that found that young LGB people are twice as likely to be bullied in secondary school as young heterosexual people are.14 In general, the prevalence of incidents declined as people went from secondary school to college and then on to university.

The most frequent perpetrators of the respondents’ most serious incidents were other students (in 88% of cases). However, almost a tenth (9%) were committed by teaching staff. Similar to the findings reported in the safety section, a high number (83%) of the most serious incidents within educational institutions went unreported. Common reasons again included that it ‘happens all the time’, ‘nothing would happen or change’ and that ‘it wouldn’t be taken seriously enough’.

“A teacher who knew I was gay called me out to ask about my experiences and it made me, and the rest of the class, highly uncomfortable. I also had a teacher who used ‘gay’ as a derogatory term and when I called them out about it, they said I was ‘over reacting’ and that I should ‘shut up’.” Man, Gay, 16-17, Scotland

Transitioning

44% of trans women who responded to the survey started transitioning by the age of 24, compared with 84% of trans men and 78% of non-binary respondents. Of the trans respondents who were transitioning while at school, 36% said their school was very or somewhat supportive of their specific needs. Only 13% of trans respondents said that their teachers were very or somewhat understanding of the issues facing trans pupils.
Health

The NIESR report found that the existing evidence base points to LGBT people being more dissatisfied with health services in comparison to those who are not LGBT. This can include lack of knowledge among medical staff about the health needs of LGBT people, specific concerns with mental and sexual health services and, among transgender people, concerns with the gender identity services provided by the NHS.

Accessing healthcare and disclosure

Eighty percent of respondents had accessed public healthcare services in the 12 months prior to completing the survey. Access was higher among trans women (87%) and trans men (89%).

Forty six percent of cisgender respondents said they had never discussed their sexual orientation with healthcare staff in the 12 months preceding the survey, in most cases because they thought it was not relevant. The figure was much higher for bisexual respondents (67%) than gay/lesbian respondents (36%). When it was disclosed by cisgender respondents, 75% said it had no effect, 18% said it had a positive effect and 8% said it had a negative effect.

Twenty one percent of trans respondents said their specific needs were ignored or not taken into account when they accessed, or tried to access, healthcare services in the 12 months preceding the survey.18% said they were subject to inappropriate curiosity and 18% also said they avoided treatment for fear of discrimination or intolerant reactions.

“Healthcare providers often just make an assumption of heterosexuality meaning that you have to disclose. For example, if you say ‘my partner…’ when discussing something, I always get the GP/mental health worker/counsellor/nurse saying ‘he’ in their response, automatically assuming it is a man, when it is a woman. This has been ongoing for years. Training needs to be provided to healthcare professionals to not make assumptions.” Woman, queer, 25-34, South West
Mental health services

The NIESR report cites a range of studies pointing to higher prevalence of mental health issues amongst LGBT people than the general population in the UK. Just under a quarter of respondents to the survey (24%) had accessed mental health services in the 12 months preceding the survey. This figure was higher for trans people (30% for trans women, 40% for trans men and 37% for non-binary people) and cisgender bisexual people (29%). Furthermore, 8% of all respondents had tried to access mental health services but had been unsuccessful.

Twenty eight percent of respondents who had accessed or tried to access mental health services in the 12 months preceding the survey said it had not been easy at all. Twenty eight percent said it had been easy. The most frequent reason given for difficulties was long waiting lists (given by 51%). Sixteen percent said that their GP was not supportive. When mental health services were accessed, respondents were generally positive or neutral about the support they received; around a fifth of respondents (22%) said they had had a negative experience. Respondents to the optional free-text question talked about the importance of mental health services in the wider context of experiencing serious incidents such as verbal harassment and bullying.
How easy was it to access mental health services in the 12 months preceding the survey?

Note: Percentages shown are for the 33,440 respondents who accessed, or tried to access, mental health services in the 12 months preceeding the survey
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    Very easy    12%
    4    17%
    3    21%
    2    22%
    Not at all easy    28%

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Sexual health services

Twenty seven percent of respondents had accessed sexual health services in the 12 months preceding the survey. A further 2% tried but were unsuccessful. Most respondents said they had been easy or very easy to access (74% said this); with only 26% saying they had not been easy to access. Almost nine in ten (87%) of respondents who did access sexual health services reported a positive experience. However, a number of respondents to the optional free-text question used it to highlight negative experiences. Comments frequently focused on the NHS not having a full understanding of LGBT-specific issues such as access to post-exposure prophylaxes (PEP), a time-sensitive treatment aimed at preventing patients from becoming infected with HIV.

“At a hospital NHS walk-in centre, I have been told it is not possible to access information about / get prescription for PEP (which needs to be taken as soon as possible) on a Sunday… I was loudly asked in front of other people if my enquiry is about HIV because the nurse did not know what post-exposure prophylaxis is.” Man, gay, 18-24, South East.

Gender identity services

Trans respondents were asked about their experience of accessing gender identity services. The NHS commissions these services, which provide holistic care including psychological support, voice therapy, hormone therapy, diagnosis of gender dysphoria and social care. They prescribe cross-sex hormones (for those over 16) and offer surgery (for those over 18).

Half (50%) of trans men and 43% of trans women respondents had accessed gender identity services in the past year. A further 16% of trans men and 15% of trans women had tried but were unsuccessful. Only 7% of non-binary respondents had accessed the services, with a further 6% trying. Of all trans respondents who had accessed or tried to access, 80% said that access had not been easy (rating 1, 2 or 3 out of 5 for ease of access), and 68% said that the waiting lists had been too long. Furthermore, 33% said the services were not close enough to them, with figures markedly higher in the North West (51%) and Wales (54%) where there are no gender identity services. The survey also found that 16% of trans respondents who had started or completed transitioning had gone outside the UK to pay for healthcare or medical treatment and a further 50% said they were considering it; the most frequently cited reason for those who had gone abroad was that gender identity service waiting lists were too long (73%).

“Waiting times for GIC clinics are far far too long, there is not enough of them which means people are committing suicide whilst waiting or turning overseas or to online website and dr’s to access hormones and drugs.” Trans woman, lesbian, 45-54, South West.

Of the 2,900 respondents who discussed gender transition and gender identity services in the optional free-text response, a picture was painted of hard-to-access services, a lack of knowledge among GPs about what services are available and how to access them, and the serious consequences of having to wait. We know from other research that trans people have very high rates of self-harm (for example, a trans mental health study found that around 53% of trans survey respondents have attempted it at least once).15 In the optional free-text response, trans people reported going abroad, using the internet to purchase hormones or turning to prostitution to raise the money needed to access private medical treatment.

Workplace

We know from existing evidence that LGBT people face discrimination and harassment at work. For example, 1 in 8 trans employees responding to a recent Stonewall survey said they had been attacked by a colleague or customer at work.16 NIESR found that the evidence base on inequality of employment outcomes by sexual orientation is weak and inconsistent. We therefore asked a series of questions in the survey to better understand the experience of LGBT people in employment.

In the LGBT survey, 80% of respondents aged 16 to 64 had been in employment at some point in the 12 months preceding the survey. Trans people were less likely to have had a paid job in the 12 months preceding the survey (65% of trans women and 57% of trans men had one).

“I am unemployed and struggle to get work, prior to transitioning this was never an issue. I have tested this by applying to 30+ jobs announcing I am trans to which I received no interest. I did the same again but withheld the fact I am trans and suddenly I got interviews.” Trans woman, bisexual, 35-44, North West.

Openness at work

Nineteen percent of respondents with a job in the preceding 12 months had not been open about their sexual orientation or gender identity with any of their colleagues at the same or a lower level.

“People often assume I am straight, due to wearing a wedding ring and having 2 children. However, in the instance when they ask about my husband, I have to consciously evaluate whether me telling them I have a wife will impact the choices they will make in relation to the company.” Lesbian woman.

Experiences in the workplace

Twenty three percent had experienced a negative or mixed reaction from others in the workplace due to being LGBT, or being thought to be LGBT. Eleven percent had experienced someone disclosing that they were LGBT without their permission, 11% had experienced unspecified inappropriate comments or conduct, and 9% had received verbal harassment, insults or other hurtful comments.

With regard to each respondents’ most serious incident, 57% said it was perpetrated by a colleague at the same or lower level (this was often unwanted disclosure of LGBT status or verbal harassment) 22% by customers and clients, and 21% by a line manager, immediate manager or supervisor. As with the education and safety questions, most respondents said the most serious incident had not been reported, the main reason for which was that they had thought it would not be worth it, or that nothing would happen or change.

Other headline findings

Though questions on safety, health, education and employment constituted the main content of the survey, we were able to get rich and detailed data on a range of other areas, particularly from the optional free-text question. The key themes discussed were safety (10,192), health (9,859) and education (8,838), most likely because they were the areas already covered by the survey. However, the breadth of issues covered in response was extensive, and many respondents discussed themes that were distinct from those addressed elsewhere in the survey. These are briefly mentioned below.

The Gender Recognition Act

The Gender Recognition Act 2004 allows trans people to apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate. This allows them to change the gender marker on their birth certificate following transition, bringing it in line with other documentation, and also to be legally treated in the gender in which they identify. The Act does not cover non-binary gender identities. Of the trans men and trans women respondents, 12% who had started or finished transitioning said they had a gender recognition certificate. Only 7% of those who were aware of GRCs but did not have one, and had never applied for one, said they would not be interested in getting one. Key reasons for not making an application included not satisfying the requirements (44% said this) and the process being too bureaucratic (38%) or expensive (34%) – respondents could select more than 1 reason.

Intersex

Two percent of the survey respondents (1,980) identified as intersex. A quarter (25%) of intersex respondents had tried to access mental health services in the 12 months preceding the survey and a further 13% had tried but were unsuccessful. Only 28% had found it easy to do (rating it 4 or 5 out of 5 in terms of ease of access). Around a quarter (24%) had tried to access sexual health services and 3% had tried without success, with a higher proportion of respondents saying access was not at all easy (11%) than non-intersex respondents (5%). Intersex respondents were more likely than non-intersex respondents to say that their GP was not supportive (6% compared with 2%) or did not know where to refer the individual (16% compared with 6%). They were also more likely than non-intersex respondents to say they were too worried, anxious or embarrassed about going (39% said this compared with 28%). Key intersex themes from the optional free-text responses included medical records concerning medical interventions at a young age (e.g. ‘cosmetic’ surgery to amend ambiguous genitalia) being withheld from intersex people and a lack of advice and information about what to do when you are diagnosed as having an intersex condition.

Marriage

To the optional free-text question, 1,897 respondents discussed marriage and civil partnerships. Many responses talked positively about being able to legally marry their same-sex partner and how, more generally, this was vital to societal acceptance of being LGB. We know from the British Social Attitudes Survey that attitudes to same-sex relationships have improved in recent years, with 64% in 2016 saying that they are ‘not at all wrong’, up from 47% in 2012. This compares with a low of 11% in 1987.17

“When I came out […] I never dreamt that one day I would be able to marry another woman. When I met my lifelong partner […] we never thought that one day I could legitimately call her my wife. We are now happily married. Being lesbian and the views of straight people around me has changed beyond all measure in the 31 years since coming out to family and friends, for the better (sic).” Woman, lesbian, 45-54, London.

Homelessness

Some respondents touched upon what they saw as an increased risk of homelessness among LGBT people, often as a consequence of being rejected by their families after coming out. This reflects more detailed work by others on this topic, such as the Albert Kennedy Trust, which found that 69% of young LGBT homeless people were rejected by their parents and suffered abuse within the family.18 In this context Stonewall also found recently that 1 in 4 trans people had been discriminated against when seeking rented accommodation.19

International comparisons

Respondents who were born abroad often described settling in the UK as a conscious decision because of the discrimination and prejudice they face in their country of birth and because of the UK’s record on LGBT rights.

“I have travelled all over the world and the UK should be proud of its progress. It is one of the best places globally to be LGBT. Things are not perfect, but this is true of many areas of life and it takes time to change attitudes. Successive UK governments should take credit for what has been achieved.” Man, gay 45-54, North East.

Next Steps

The LGBT survey has yielded a substantial amount of data. In this summary report and in the more substantive analytical publication we have published alongside it, we have provided an overview of that data. While there were some positive messages, in many cases what we have found is sobering. The results demonstrate that despite recent legislative achievements, the UK still has more to do to improve outcomes for LGBT people and to create a society where people feel comfortable being who they are.

Alongside the survey findings, we have also published a comprehensive LGBT Action Plan, setting out how we plan to respond to the findings.
Publishing more data

This paper and its accompanying analytical report provide an initial overview of data. The LGBT survey dataset, however, is comprehensive and more analysis is possible. For example, the dataset is large enough to look in detail at specific sub-groups, such as bisexual people or pansexual people, which the NIESR report found to be understudied and/or under-sampled. Intersectional analysis, for example looking at the experience of LGBT people who have a faith, would also be possible. In addition, we might want to look in more detail at the interdependencies between answers – looking at issues such as the relationship between experiencing hate incidents and mental health, or at the factors that limit life satisfaction. We will be conducting further analysis in line with our policy priorities and will publish further data as appropriate.

The government is committed to transparency and accountability. We believe in sharing as much public sector data as possible in an accessible format. The LGBT survey, we realise, has yielded a rich dataset that will be of interest to researchers, academics, stakeholders, media and the public. We intend to publish as much of the survey data as is possible. There will be some limitations on what can be shared (for example data that is so granular as to identify individuals) but our general principle will be to share what we can to protect the anonymity of respondents whilst enabling wider discussion and exploration in this area.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/inequality-among-lgbt-groups-in-the-uk-a-review-of-evidence

    The remaining respondents were either ‘don’t know’, ‘prefer not to say’, ‘other’ or ‘heterosexual’ (the latter being made up of some transgender and intersex respondents). ↩

    For analytical clarity, the word ‘cisgender’ is used throughout the more detailed report as an umbrella term for respondents who identified exclusively as men and women where this was consistent with their sex as assigned at birth. It does not include transgender men or women or non-binary people. ↩

    See Figure 3: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/culturalidentity/sexuality/bulletins/sexualidentityuk/2016

    See: http://gids.nhs.uk/number-referrals

    See the Office for National Statistics: Population Estimates for UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland: Mid-2016: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/populationestimates/datasets/populationestimatesforukenglandandwalesscotlandandnorthernireland

    See https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/culturalidentity/sexuality/bulletins/sexualidentityuk/2016

    See: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/culturalidentity/sexuality/datasets/sexualidentityuk

    See: ONS (2017). Personal well-being in the UK: Oct 2015 to Sept 2016. Available at: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/wellbeing/bulletins/measuringnationalwellbeing/oct2015tosept2016

    See: https://www.stonewall.org.uk/lgbt-britain-trans-report

    See Table 2: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/hate-crime-england-and-wales-2016-to-2017

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/inequality-among-lgbt-groups-in-the-uk-a-review-of-evidence

    Such as Guasp, A. (2012). The School Report: The experiences of gay young people in Scotland’s schools [Online]. Available at: https://www.stonewallscotland.org.uk/our-work-scotland and Formby, E. (2011). ‘Sex and Relationships education, sexual health and lesbian, gay and bisexual sexual cultures: Views from young people’, Sex Education: sexuality, society and learning, 11(3): 255-266. ↩

    Robinson, J.P., Espelage, D. and Rivers, I. (2013). Developmental trends in peer victimisation and emotional distress in LGB and heterosexual youth. Paediatrics 131 (3): 423-430. ↩

    See: https://www.gires.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/trans_mh_study.pdf

    See: https://www.stonewall.org.uk/lgbt-britain-trans-report  ↩

    See: http://www.bsa.natcen.ac.uk/media/39147/bsa34_moral_issues_final.pdf

    See: https://www.akt.org.uk/Handlers/Download.ashx?IDMF=c0f29272-512a-45e8-9f9b-0b76e477baf1

    See: https://www.stonewall.org.uk/lgbt-britain-trans-report


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-lgbt-survey-summary-report/national-lgbt-survey-summary-report

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General News / How To Think About Gender
« on: July 03, 2018, 02:54:27 PM »
How To Think About Gender

Men are more active than women, and women are better talkers. So says society, but biology suggests boundaries between the sexes are more blurred

Beyond biological sex, gender as a concept is also tough to pin down. The term originates from the Latin word genus, meaning “type” or “kind”. Before the 1950s, it was only really used to describe different classes of nouns in certain languages. It acquired a new meaning largely due to sexologist John Money, whose work with people who are intersex led him to distinguish between a person’s sex, as determined by genes and hormones, and their gender. For him, gender meant the social, psychological and behavioural aspects of being male or female. In the 1970s, work by feminist anthropologist Gayle Rubin helped to morph this into the idea of gender as a social construct, a socially imposed division of the sexes.

Today, the terms “gender” and “sex” are often used interchangeably, and for many people they are synonymous – someone is born female and identifies as a woman, for instance. But some people, often from a young age, have a strong sense of being a different gender to the sex they were designated at birth: a study in 2016 concluded that 0.6 per cent of US adults adults identify as transgender. Some people don’t identify as either gender.

The extent to which this gender identity – our internal sense of being male, female, neither or both – is down to nature or nurture is a hot research topic, and dominates much of today’s thinking about gender more generally. How much of, say, men’s supposed talent for engineering is down to biological factors such as a male fetus experiencing a surge of testosterone in the uterus, and how much is due to societal conditioning?

Studies often show that things regarded as biological facts of life aren’t straightforward. Take the idea that boys are more active than girls, and that girls are better talkers than boys. Anne Fausto-Sterling, a biologist specialising in gender development who recently retired from Brown University, Rhode Island, has shown that mothers engage male babies in more physical activity than girls, and talk more to their daughters than their sons. “Mothers are bringing a social sense of gender into the way they play with their babies, and this affects the development of the baby’s nervous system,” she says.

Clear biological boundaries between men and women are difficult to define, as the International Association of Athletics Federations discovered following the case of Caster Semenya, a female South African runner with unusually high testosterone levels who won the 800 metres world title in 2009. There is also no clear distinction between male and female brains. “Whatever brain measure we look at – structure, connections, activity – there is way more overlap than difference between male and female brains,” says neuroscientist Lise Eliot at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago.

So perhaps it is time to ditch binary thinking about gender. “Gender differences fall on a continuum, not into two separate buckets,” says Fausto-Sterling.



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All across the country unemployed Australians are today bracing themselves for more stress and suffering, as the Coalition unleashes its new needlessly cruel benefit sanctions regime.

Starting 1 July, the Turnbull government is granting job agencies new, unprecedented powers to punish Newstart recipients for failing to comply with gruelling compliance demands.

Under this new “demerit point” system, agencies will now impose payment suspensions if (they believe) jobseekers are behaving inappropriately, or failing to attend appointments and activities like Work for the Dole without a “reasonable excuse”.
Newstart's hand-to-mouth existence can't go on for another 25 years
Jack Latimore
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Alarmingly, jobseekers currently battling drug or alcohol related illnesses are now no longer (“reasonably”) exempt from activities, nor safe from financial punishment.

Until 1 July 2018, Centrelink has been able to overturn any job agency penalties if it deems that they’re unfair or will lead to “extreme poverty”. It will lose much of this power. Now, job agencies will be able to punish their unemployed clients without government regulation or oversight.

Unemployed workers will also lose significant powers of appeal. They will have to passively accept many of the decisions ordered against them. In short, privately owned job agencies – many of which are for-profit private companies – will wield unlimited, unchecked power over the unemployed.

Under this system, unemployed workers can be completely cut off Newstart if they refuse to attend unsafe work for the dole activities. Even though 64% of sites are failing to meet basic safety standards, jobseekers will be forced to accept any dangerous, hostile conditions they’re met with.

Given that government funding to job agencies is tied to outcomes, such as placing participants into work for the dole, there is little incentive for job agencies to treat unemployed workers fairly. On the contrary – there are significant financial incentives to abuse unemployed workers.
Already this abuse has reached crisis proportions.

In 2015-16, job agencies imposed a record 2m financial penalties on the unemployed. As noted by the National Welfare Rights Network, roughly half of these penalties were found to be unfair and were rejected by Centrelink. This means that in 2015-16, more than 1 million unemployed people had their payments cut off when they did nothing wrong.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/02/the-demerit-system-is-ruthless-social-policy-designed-to-keep-the-poor-powerless?CMP=soc_567

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Trans sex worker activist Roberta Perkins mourned by community

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"Much of the work conducted by sex worker organisations today still takes its cues from Roberta's early work."

Jesse Jones — June 28, 2018

Tributes have flowed in for Roberta Perkins, a trailblazing Australian advocate for trans and sex worker rights, after she passed away on Tuesday, aged 78.

Perkins was an academic and writer, authoring numerous books on sex work in Australia and using her platform to fight for sex worker rights.

In the 1980s she became a member of the Australian Transsexual Association, which supported trans people by lobbying for social and legal reform.

Perkins’ research on the lives of trans people in Kings Cross drew the attention of Frank Walker, then State Minister for Youth and Community Services, and led to the establishment of a refuge in Petersham for homeless trans people, which later became The Gender Centre.

Perkins was a founding member of the former Australian Prostitutes Collective NSW, which advocated for decriminalisation of sex work to improve the lives of workers in the state.

The organisation’s work is today continued by the Sex Worker Outreach Project (SWOP) NSW.

“It would be hard to quantify the number of trans people and sex workers that have benefited from Roberta’s work and legacy,” said SWOP NSW and national sex worker body Scarlet Alliance in a joint statement.

“Much of the work conducted by sex worker organisations today still takes its cues from Roberta’s early work, addressing the complex and intersecting needs of sex workers, while simultaneously working on reducing the structural and systemic barriers sex workers face.

“Roberta was a trailblazer and her impact on the health, safety and rights of sex workers and trans people has been vast and enduring.

“She will be greatly missed. Vale, Roberta Perkins.”

Sex worker organisations and peers have flooded social media with tributes and memories of Perkins, her life and her work.

Her friends and family invite all to attend a celebration of Perkins’ life tomorrow, Friday June 29, at 12 pm.

The service will be held at The Anne Wilson Funeral Chapel, at the corner of Barrenjoey Rd and Darley St in Mona Vale.

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SWOP sadly marks the passing of Roberta Perkins, a trail-blazer in sex worker & transgender rights. We're deeply sorry Roberta won’t be around to see the day when all transgender people & sex workers have the same access to health, safety & human rights as other Australians.


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General Discussions / How To Be A Drag Queen
« on: July 01, 2018, 09:05:30 PM »
How To Be A Drag Queen

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Whether you masquerade at midnight as a woman in your wife's clothes, you have a secret, burning desire to sing Cher's "If I Could Turn Back Time" on stage, or you want to really strut your stuff around town as a full time woman, you'll need to transform your masculine figure into a beautiful, feminine diva. Once you get the look, you can start developing your persona, get integrated into your local drag community, and maybe even start getting paid.

See the full instruction guide @ https://www.wikihow.com/Be-a-Drag-Queen

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