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Join the National Trans and Gender Diverse Working Group
« on: December 09, 2014, 07:39:32 PM »

Australia's first National Trans* & Gender Diverse (NTGD) working group has anouunced the election of  co-convenors and is seeking volunteers to join the executive group.

The NTGD working group was formed by Trans* identified delegates who volunteered from the floor of the One Voice session at the Australian and New Zealand Professional Association for Transgender Health (ANZPATH) Conference held in Adelaide in October.

Volunteers were called for after this forum and  voted to initiate a process to establish Australia’s first truly national representative body for Trans* & Gender Diverse (TGD) people.

Since the conference, this group has worked to reach consensus on the basic structure and decision making processes and last week elected Kelly Glanney from NSW and Stacy Clarke from Victoria as the NTGD's co-convenors. The group is now seeking expressions of interest from other Trans* people who wish to join the group – especially Trans Men, indigenous people and non-binary identified Trans* people, who are currently under-represented within the group
NTGD Working Group spokesperson, Kelly Glanney, explains:

“The single most important message that came out of the One Voice forum was the requirement to fully embrace the principles of social inclusion in everything we do.”

“Historically speaking, TGD people have often felt socially isolated and systematically excluded, marginalised and disenfranchised – often even by other Trans* people who are yet to fully embrace the idea that our communities greatest strength is found in our wonderful diversity. Everyone who participated in the One Voice forum clearly agreed this needs to change, so our number one priority moving forward will be ensuring that as many Trans* and Gender Diverse voices as possible get clearly heard during this consultation process.

Glanney suggests the best wayto facilitate this will be to develop an executive and leadership structure that reflects the diversity of the community, both demographically and geaographically.

“Ideally, this structure will see broad representation from across our nation’s various states and territories, tempered by a similarly reasonable balance of MtF, FtM and non-binary identified Trans* individuals. We believe this sort of inclusive executive structure will help ensure every decision we make is informed by the widest possible range of community perspectives,” Glanney said.

“Most importantly, we have agreed that at least one place on the working group's executive will be reserved for an indigenous representative – Sistergirls or Brotherboys. We all agreed it's vital that the interests of our nation’s first people  are considered in every decision we make. We also intend to reach out to the various other ethnic minorities who have historically been left out of the national conversation around TGD rights and culture.

In accordance with this, the NTGD working group is seeking expressions of interest from TGD people around the country.

“Ideally they will have some experience in TGD advocacy or community projects and/or professional skills and experience that is directly relevant to the work we will be doing as part of this national consultation.”

“Obviously we have a lot of work to do over the next few months, but we're confident this work will successfully lay the foundation for a much brighter, empowered and inclusive future for all TGD people in Australia.”

To express interest in becoming part of the NTGD Working Group or volunteer to be an ambassador for the group as the national consultation begins, email or call Kelly Glanney on 0452 454 965.

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Join the National Trans and Gender Diverse Working Group
« on: December 09, 2014, 07:39:32 PM »