About | How We Work | Who We Are
How we can help
Genderqueer Australia is where you can find support if you identify as gender-questioning or genderqueer. You can also find support if you’re family or friend or a professional helping out.
You’re welcome to get involved or come along to any of our events regardless of your sexual identity, gender identity or role. We are accepting of all human identifying people! We do however ask if you are a partner, friend or family member please contact us first if you plan to come to any of our monthly social events alone.
How we work
Who we are
Email GQA | GQA events
So who are we?
Genderqueer Australia came out of the work of Melbourne Genderqueer, which began in December 2010. After proving the model we were using worked, and trialling a number of projects, we felt it was time to take the organisation national.
Genderqueer Australia is a support organisation concentrating on helping people directly. We do not work with government or advocate for political or legal change.
Existing organisations that work in the areas of advocacy and with government are Transgender Victoria, the Sydney Gender Centre, Zoe Belle Gender Centre among others. You can contact these organisations for information on political advocates in your home state.
Donate to Genderqueer Australia | Gay and Lesbian Switchboard
Genderqueer Australia is auspiced by Gay and Lesbian Switchboard in Melbourne, Australia, and supported by the community here and around the country.
We operate on the goodwill of the community and are currently unfunded.
If you wish to provide a donation, you can do-so using our donate page.
To the best of our ability and resources, Genderqueer Australia intends to:
- support people who are gender-questioning and genderqueer;
- support people who have family members, friends or who professionally support gender-questioning and genderqueer people;
- include sex and gender diverse people in all things we do (including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people).
About the site
Surfing – by Rose Moore
This site came about because we found our original site at http://melbournegenderqueer.org was trying to be too many things to too many people. As a result it was unfocussed and too random.
We’ve extensively redesigned the user interface (the way it looks) to make it easy for people to find what they’re looking for as quickly as possible, focussing on four specific sets of people.
The site is intended to provide the following:
- relevant information for gender-questioning and gender-questioning people;
- relevant information for family, friends and professionals;
- relevant support, resources and services for these people nationwide.
This site is not intended to compete with the great resources of the Sydney Gender Centre (New South Wales) or Zoe Belle Gender Centre (Victoria), whose resources pages are extensive.
What’s Creative Commons | License your work
Why Creative Commons
All material on Genderqueer Australia is shared with the community and the world. This is to allow people to learn and build upon the work we have already done, and hopefully distribute the work to improve others lives and educate other communities.
Genderqueer Australia creative commons license
Genderqueer Australia by Genderqueer Australia is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at www.genderqueer.org.au.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://www.genderqueer.org.au/creative-commons.
For further information or queries, please contact us.
Trans enough | Gender 101 | Politics and advocacy
Genderqueer Australia is a fully inclusive organisation. This means that people of all sexualities and gender expressions are welcome to join in with the organisation, online and in our regular and irregular events.
Genderqueer Australia volunteers will always conduct themselves as inclusively as possible. Our overriding ethical guideline is this:
Everyone is worthy of respect
What does this mean for me?
Those that attend our events and website are asked to conduct yourselves respectfully and inclusively.
We ask you make no assumptions about gender presentation, sexuality or appearance.
We request you reserve political discussion or advocacy for meetings with other organisations.
Anything that is said in a GQA chatroom or event should be kept between you and whomever you have spoken to.
Try not to make generalisations and remember that your experience with people is subjective to you.
For example: “All Men are arseholes” is a generalisation. It is lumping every person in the world who identifies as male into the same category. The XKCD cartoon to the right is an example of a generalisation that “girls suck at math”. The simple answer is that not every girl sucks at math and it is statistically improbable that every girl on the planet (living or dead) sucks at math.
The physical help we give
Genderqueer Australia works as an interested group of people putting time and energy into the things we enjoy doing.
We are neither heirarchical (people at the top, people at the bottom), nor collective (everyone discusses what’s to do).
This means that we don’t have a specific membership. People come to us with project ideas and we do our best – time permitting – to help them.
The resources we create
This website is a resource of knowledge and experience. We are constantly building a resource of templates for workshops and project work. This is the GQA toolbox.
We share the benefit of our knowledge and experience with the community and loan others our tools and delighted when they are returned in better shape from the experience (see Creative Commons for more information on this!)
Genderqueer Australia is a community resource of shared experience and time.
We are volunteers putting our free time into this projects. We’re not paid so it’s important to enjoy what we’re doing.
This is about having a sense of satisfaction at the end of the day.
If we’re not having fun and enjoying what we do, it’s time to rethink!
Genderqueer Australia is strictly a support organisation and does not give legal advice nor participate in political engagement or advocacy of any kind.
So where do I go?
Here are the organisations we think can best handle legal advice, political advocacy or political engagement for you if that’s what you’re after!
Zoe Belle Gender Centre
Sydney Gender Centre
Queensland Association for Healthy Communities
Sex and Gender Education Australia (SAGE)
Know of any other organisations?
Click the blue comment button below and add the details, and we’ll add them to the list!
volunteer to help | Project sustainability | Having fun
Genderqueer Australia runs projects of our own, which are listed on the volunteers page.
These are all run with sustainability and fun in mind!
Bring your own project
If you’ve got a project idea you’d like to bring to GQA, you can email us using the form below. Here’s how we work on joint projects:
- If it’s a project idea we’ve already had, or are working on, you’re free to join us or take your idea elsewhere – no hassles, no questions asked.
- If it’s a new project idea, you’ll be the project manager and we’ll help as much as we can.
- Any end-products from the project (e.g., brochures, etc) will be held under our Creative Commons license
Fill in the form and we’ll get back to you! Remember to just give basic details; we’ll discuss things in more detail if we decide to work with you!
Having fun | Bring your own project | Agile development methodology
What do you mean by “sustainability”?
To us, sustainability means working so we have fun and achieve things we believe in. But it’s more than that too!
Simple wins: The number one priority!
The number one priority for Genderqueer Australia is to Keep It Simple!
Every complex project can be made simpler through just a little more work.
With all projects, we ask the following questions:
- Who is it for?
- What is it?
- When is it going to be done?
- Where is it going to be done?
- Why is it being done?
- How are we going to do it?
If we can answer these and agree, then we’ll progress.
Keep it short
We believe the best way to keep people happy and keep things on-track is to make sure each part of a project can be broken-down so it can be achieved in 5 weeks or less.
By doing this we achieve the following:
- We keep peeps interested – the shorter time-span means everyone can have a sense of achievement
- We can change directions if necessary
This philosophy is owed, in part, to the Agile development methodology used in software development.
Find out more about Agile on Wikipedia.
Ask Kiwi a question | Learn more about Kiwis
Who am I?
Kiwi is one of our Volunteers, and good with thoughtful, appropriate advice for anyone who asks them for an opinion.
Kiwi identifies as Kiwikind, and likes a good chai as much as the next fowl. Their native New Zealand is at the forefront of their mind, but they quite like helping the genderqueer peeps in GQA.
Talk to Moosey! | Learn more about Moosekind
Who am I?
Moosey is the official mascot of Genderqueer Australia and attends all our events.
He has a certain style which has helped the organisation, and has been trained in the ancient martial-art of listening by a number of practitioners worldwide. He has represented Canada in the Commonwealth Games in this area of expertise.
Moosey identifies as moosekind and is rather attached to his red jersey, from his Canadian homeland.
He has a preference for Soy Chai and drinks it whenever he can.
This site would not have been possible without the help and support of many people and organisations.
For website design
For help with content
- Gem de Marco
- Forth Sadler
- Cai Wilkinson
The beta test team!
- Gem de Marco
- Cai Wilkinson
- Forth Sadler
Gay & Lesbian Switchboard Victoria
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