“They” is a singluar pronoun
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Pronoun progress in the Washington Post this week, with the news they’ve adopted “They” as a first person singular pronoun. There was one change, though, that I knew would cause controversy. For many years, I’ve been rooting for — but stopping short of employing — what is known as the singular they as the only sensible solution to English’s lack of a gender-neutral third-person singular personal pronoun. (Everyone has theirown opinion about this.) He once filled …
What it means to be Genderqueer
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We totally missed this article on Australia’s ABC back in September. It features tow genderqueer locals, Sam and Mikey, and gives a rather good overview of what it is to be genderqueer, including this corker of a comment from Sam: “If you’re not a doctor, you don’t need to know what part’s between my legs,” Sam said. It’s really nice to see a local view on genderqueer (and indeed, anything in the “T” and “I” space); …
Things you should learn about Genderqueer peeps
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Trans people seem to be pushing at the edges of the mainstream thanks to TV featuring people like Caitlin Jenner and Laverne Cox, and the portrayal of a Trans woman by Jeffrey Tambor on the show Transparent. But Genderqueer people are the latest to be left behind; and you can see the progression of grudging acceptance of GLBTI people, starting with gays, then lesbians, bisexual and trans. Arguably acceptance is improved by two things: exposure …
Staying safe online – a message for all of us
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There’s been a lot of press over the past few years about people being harassed online. It’s usually women, and it’s always horrible. There’s now a website to get information on how to stay safe online, created by three women who have undoubtedly had plenty of experience avoiding harassment. The web is a great place, but like reality, there’s always someone out there who wants to make things difficult for us. Read more about staying …
Why are gender neutral toilets important?
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It’s a sad fact that the simple act of going to the toilet can be incredibly difficult for those people who don’t meet gender expectations. That includes Genderqueer, Gender Questioning and Transgender people. You can be abused, ridiculed and in certain cases, physically injured by people who reject your right to use the toilet. Here’s some videos which explain the issues.
The Danish Girl
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Genderqueer Australia were delighted to view an early preview screening of the film The Danish Girl. Based on the book by David Ebershoff, The Danish Girl is the remarkable love story inspired by the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener (portrayed by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander ), and directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables). Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate …
Online magazine for Afghan and Farsi speakers
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Online magazine for Afghan and Farsi speakers who are same-sex attracted, trans* , gender diverse or gender questioning. PEACE Multicultural Services is excited to introduce the first edition of ‘Omid’ electronic magazine. It can be read online or downloaded for free. Omid is for Afghan and Farsi speakers who are same-sex attracted, trans* , gender diverse or gender questioning.  This magazine has been developed by the community with support from PEACE Multicultural Services of Relationships …
Gender Help for Parents
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GHFP is an on-line resource for parents and carers of gender diverse children. The website has been updated to make it more user friendly, and to increase the opportunity for parents & carers to connect online with peer support groups. Current membership of the group is about 100 parents & carers nationally. Referrals to these groups from service providers is welcome. GHFP are constantly adding information relevant to Australian families who are trying to support …
All of Us
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A ground-breaking teaching resource that supports gender diversity, sexual diversity and intersex topics. The resource captures the real life experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex young people through a collection of short videos and teaching activities that are aligned to the Year 7/8 Health and Physical Education learning area of the Australian Curriculum. All Of Us has been developed to have a real impact on student attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and …
Rebecca Robertson announces the end of transcend
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Parent turned advocate/activist by necessity Bec Robertson has been a pioneer in seeking justice and equality for trans* young people and supporting their families. She leaves behind an important legacy for trans kids and their families in Australia. It’s amazing to me how far our society and our families have come in the nine years since my family began at RCH…The landscape is almost unrecognisable and there is so much support available in general. There …