Trans students gender win in South Australia
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The Adelaide Advertiser today tells of how South Australian trans students will have a choice of uniforms, toilets and preferred names, in accordance with SA Education department policies. The department says the policy will ensure “consistent” treatment of transgender pupils by school leaders. “The difference is that this clearly articulates what we require from schools,” — executive director of statewide services and child development Ann-Marie Hayes This is great news for Transgender students, however, there …
Impolite society
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ABC Australia has a show called “You can’t ask that”, where people get to ask sometimes insightful, sometimes dumb questions of minority groups. There’s been a show on short statured people, Muslim people, and in August this year, Transgender people got their day in the sun. It’s actually not a bad idea and can give insight into at least how embarrassing or surprisingly tactless questions can be. And in the safe space of the studio, …
Jelly Beans help Genderqueer & Trans Kids
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Donate to Jelly Beans The Brisbane Times reports today that Jelly Beans, the Transgender, Genderqueer and Gender Diverse support group is in desperate need of funding to continue services. When Jelly Beans started in 2010 it had four clients but that boomed to more than 70 this year. At the same time, donations almost disappeared, trickling to just $1500 for 2016. Run by Open Doors, and operating in Fortitude Valley, Jelly Beans helps almost 70 …
Suffer the parents
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So let’s call them Maddy and Mike. They could be anyone of course. According to an article in Essential Baby, Maddy and Mike did a “gender reveal” party to let their friends and family know the gender of the child Maddy was carrying. They asked their doctor to write a note for a balloon seller; the balloons in the box were supposed to correspond to the gender of the child. So imagine their heartache when the balloons …
Hope everyone’s okay
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Joy 94.9FM was evacuated last night after a bomb threat during Beyond the Binary, a show for transgender youth. Whether this was a direct threat against trans people, all GLBTI people or the station itself doesn’t matter, the fact the threat was made in the first place does. With the Marriage Equality Plebiscite coming up, some have said this will lead to more open abuse against LGBTI people across the country. And perhaps this is the …
Why are gender markers even a thing?
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Queensland Trans activists are pushing for the right to change the gender markers on their birth certificates. Currently it’s only possible to do this post surgery. Only recently did Victorian parliament begin considering a bill to do exactly this. Trans woman Riley-Faye Jackson comments: “If you’re not trans and you have the wrong sex, the wrong gender on something you won’t think it’s a small thing — you’ll be like ‘it’s not me’ — that’s …
It’s all so casual (EDIT: Apology made)
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UPDATE Karl has apologised on national TV. It’s interesting that we found this on the UK based Independent, rather than local based news sites Watch the apology via The Independent. But fair’s fair, it’s great he’s stepped up and accepted what he said wasn’t great. BEFORE So where’s the line that sits between good-natured, unintentionally offensive banter and slur? Karl Stefanovic on Channel 9’s Today Show seems to intend to find out. In the video, …
Beyond binary with the BBC
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In this BBC documentary, journalist Linda Pressly speaks with activists around the world who live as neither male nor female. In communities around the globe, non-binary people are rejecting the categories of ‘male’ and ‘female’, and attempting to redefine gender identity. Queer, gender-queer, gender-fluid, gender-variant, third gender – these are all terms non-binary people use to describe themselves. Have to say, it’s nice to see (or in this case, hear) the gender binary being discussed …
Gender, gender everywhere
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We received a press release from Adult Matchmaker recently regarding their expansion of permissible genders in their system from the traditional Male/Female binary to a far more inclusive list of 31, including Genderqueer, Agender, Transgender, Pangender and Gender non-conforming. They say: While there have been significant leaps forward in trans rights and acceptance in recent years, we appreciate that there is still much work to be done. As more and more trans people share their …
What’s the meaning of this?
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So what’s Genderqueer really mean? Well, according the American Merriam Webster Dictionary: Genderqueer: of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity cannot be categorized as solely male or female. So if you didn’t already know, now it’s written in black and white so you can show your friends, befuddle the ignorant and perhaps feel that the world might be slowly stepping in the right direction. They’ve also been good enough to officially define …