News: we’ve been listed on the GLHV website!

Good news for Genderqueer peeps: Genderqueer Australia is now on the Gay Lesbian Health Victoria website.

Click here to view the GQA page on the GLHV website.

Big thanks to the peeps who run the website for this inclusion!

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Vic: Toilart

View the map | Contribute a gender neutral toilet

How it can help

Ever needed to go to the toilet and had to choose between JUST male or female? Why can’t we just go to the toilet and not worry about gender?!

The Toilart map

Want to contribute to the map?

If you’ve found a gender neutral toilet, please let us know using the form below:

About Toilart

The ToilArt Project is dedicated to mapping gender neutral, unisex and accessible toilets and bathrooms around the city (with the possibility of extending our map in the future). We also collaborate with artists from around Melbourne to help raise awareness about bathroom safety and accessibility in creative and entertaining ways.

Toilart was a project of the Trans Melbourne Gender Project.

From January 2014, Genderqueer Australia has taken-on maintenance of the Toilart map. Thanks go to the original Toilart team for their hard work on the project!

 

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Professional Services: George Forgan Smith

PRACTITIONER WEBSITE | The Healthy Bear on facebook | The Healthy Bear on twitterEMAIL | Phone number | 563 Bourke St, Melbourne, Vic 3000

How I can help

Counsellors by Rose Moore

Dr George Forgan-Smith is a gay GP and family doctor based in Melbourne, Australia.

About

(from the website)

Hey there Guys, my name is Dr George Forgan-Smith and I’m a GP and gay doctor in Melbourne Australia. I am an Australian trained doctor (MBBS University of Queensland) and a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP). I also have a science degree, also from the University Of Queensland (BSc).

 

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Professional Services: Triumph HRC and Maurissa Ailion

HRC WebsiteEmail Triumph HRC| Call Triumph HRC

How I can help

Counsellors by Rose Moore

Triumph HRC and Maurissa Ailion provides counselling services for  individuals in Adelaide, South Australia.

About us

Triumph HRC operates in South Australia, helping Transgender individuals.

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Vic: Dr. Michael Kozminsky

Counsellors by Rose Moore

Counsellors by Rose Moore

Genesis Medical Centre, 390 Bay Street Brighton | 9596 6422

How I can help

I’m a general practitioner working with experience with transgender patients and alcohol and other drugs. I’m happy to add my name to the list of practitioners who are willing to help Trans people.

I operate a bulk-billing practice which may make things easier for people.

 

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Gay Lesbian Switchboard Training – April 2013

In April 2013, Genderqueer Australia performed training for new phone counsellors in the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard Victoria.

FINALSwitchboard-presentation-white

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Switchboard 2013 training presentation by Genderqueer Australia is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at http://www.genderqueer.org.au/gay-lesbian-sw…ing-april-2013/.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://www.genderqueer.org.au/contact/.

 

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The little boy by E Kelly & E Webster

The little boy | E. Kelly & E. Webster | OL25428280M| Buy from FTM Australia | Download PDF | Google Books |

The little boy

The little boy

The little boy portrays one person’s experience of transsexualism. This book was designed by parents, one of whom is transsexual, to explain the condition to children.

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New location for GQA gatherings!

We’re on the move in June and at a new location for our regular monthly gatherings.

Hairy Little Sista

218-240 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000


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Hairy Little Sista on Little Collins Street is the location for our June gathering. So remember to update your calendar, or if you have a smartphone or computer, you can subscribe to the GQA calendar here.

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Legend of Les Girls by Carlotta

He did it her way: Carlotta, legend of Les Girls| Carlotta. | OL1201331M | Goodreads | Google Books |

He did it her way

He did it her way

For 26 years from 1963 Carlotta was the undisputed queen of Kings Cross — the legend of Les Girls, a landmark theatre restaurant where all the women on stage are really drag queens.

He Did It Her Way is a fascinating and often hilarious journey into her world as a performer and transexual who started life as a Balmain boy and went on to have one of the fist sex change operations in Australia.

Candid, witty and irreverent — this is classic Carlotta, from the smart-arse ad-libbing to the intimate secrets shared, just as if she is enteratining you — her live audience of one.

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My Story by Caroline Cossey

My Story | Caroline Cossey | OL7855978M

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My Story

My Story

Caroline ‘Tula’ Cossey was born a boy. Now she is a beautiful woman with a successful modeling career.

My Story is Tula’s candid account fo her struggles: her troubled childhood in northern England, her dreams of becoming a woman, the operations that liberated her sexually, and the journey from chorus gurl to James Bond girl to top international model.

After she was twice exposed by the tabloid press, Tulas career plummeted and her marriage to a wealthy businessman was annulled. In the spring of 1989, she was forced to make a unique appeal to the European Commission of Human Rights: she was fighting for the legal validation of her marriage as a female, though her birth certificate labeled her a lale.

My Story is the tale of a woman’s battle for the body she needed to survive, and a transsexual’s struggle for the rights she deserved.

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Katherine’s Diary by Katherine Cummings

Katherine’s Diary: The story of a transsexual | Katherine Cummings | OL25426986M | Google Books |

Katherine's Diary

Katherine’s Diary

“I think now that I was irrational, even insane, at the time. My transsexualism had taken hold of me with such obsessive force that I could not concentrate on anything else. There I was, a fifty-year-old professional academic librarian who had desparately wanted to be female ever since memories began…”

In 1986 John Cummings became Katherine Cummings and a while life changed.
In this painfully honest account of John’s transformation into a woman, Katerhine tells of years of fantasizing and cross-dressing behind locked doors, of the betrayal felt by her family and the final relief of surgery.
Katherine’s Diary covers a lifetime of self-discovery and self-destruction with acerbic wit and crisp observation.

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GQA Catchup – on the move!

GQA-coffee-2013After 2 years at the same venue, we’ve decided to make a move!

1000 £ bend has been brilliant to us, and has hosted our organisation launch and 24 plus GQA gatherings, but the time has come to find different digs.

Over the next two weeks our crack team of chai tasters will be scoping out the local cafes in search of the perfect brew for GQA peeps. Food, accessibility and space are also being looked into.

We’ll post updates over the next month and then see you all at the new venue on the 1st of June!

Make a recommendation?

Use the form below to suggest a new venue!

The requirements are:

  • Makes a decent chai
  • Food is available
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible for wheelchairs
  • Child friendly

 

 

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Cartoon: Rooster Tails – Is My Binary Showing Part 3

Rooster Tails – Is My Binary Showing Part 3.

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The Testosterone Files by Max Wolf Valerio

The Testosterone Files: My Hormonal and Social Transformation from Female to Male | Max Wolf Valerio | OL8760144M

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The Testosterone Files

The Testosterone Files

Max Valerio’s observations about transitioning from a lesbian to a heterosexual male both challenge and confirm our assumptions about gender. As Valerio undergoes the physical and emotional changes associated with testosterone treatment, he is intrigued by his eye-opening discoveries about the nature of masculinity and femininity. Raw, gripping and poetic, The Testosterone Files offers a perspective on men and women that only someone who’s lived in both skins can speak to with such insight and eolquence.

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Sally’s Story

Sally’s story: A coming of age tale | Mark Andersson | OL25424941M

Sally's story

Sally’s story

Self-proclaimed bi-sexual transgender Jewish cowgirl Sally Goldner tells her story of self- discovery, as she navigates the gender path on the way to her 45th birthday. A coming of age tale and personal portrait of inspiring Melbourne transgendered woman Sally Goldner: activist, drummer, singer/songwriter, stand-up comic and radio DJ.

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Review

I watched Sally’s Story at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival in 2012 and actually knowing Sally, albeit as an acquaintance in the gender community, I was struck by how honest her story was. It probably sounds trite, but there’s a certain manner of communicating that reveals rather than hides. Sally loves a lot of things, including wrestling and is an accomplished stand-up comedian, but the interesting thing is she has a story which is not the “same old trans story” that seems to be churned out for titillation rather than communication (the difference being the former gets people’s interest with sensationalised and stereotypical story lines of boy to girl and princesses, while the latter actually informs and expands the conversation). It takes courage to put yourself out there like Sally does on a daily basis (she was recently held to be one of the 100 most influential Melburnians) and this is another service she’s done for the community in Melbourne, around Australia and indeed, the world.

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Peeps: Midwest GenderQueer

About Midwest GenderQueer, JAC Stringer| Midwest Genderqueer on Facebook

midwest genderqueerAbout me

(from the website)
Midwest GenderQueer, commonly known as JAC Stringer, is a trans-genderqueer femme, (dis)abled-kid radical activist and performance artist.

For more, visit the website here!

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New GQA events calendar

We’ve got a new events calendar here at the GQA website, which we’ve just finished setting up.

You might think it’s just another calendar, BUT this one is different! Just by clicking the +Subscribe button, you can add the calendar to your computer or smartphone and Never Miss Another Event!

Dead useful really.

Take a peek at the new events calendar by clicking here!

 

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Genderqueer Chicago

Genderqueer Chicago.

About us

(from the website)
Genderqueer Chicago is a grassroots, peer-led group that works to create safe spaces for all of us ut toalk about, think about, explore and express gender.

Read more about Genderqueer Chicago here.

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Lewis / My Transsexual Summer / PENIS SURGERY & RELATIONSHIPS – YouTube

Lewis / My Transsexual Summer / PENIS SURGERY & RELATIONSHIPS – YouTube.

Lewis speaks frankly about being a transgender man and the surgery that he is considering.

Check out Lewis’s other videos here.

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2012 Community Grants programme

Late in 2012, Genderqueer Australia obtained grant funding from the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services, and Indigenous Affairs. The volunteer grants programme runs once a year and community organisations can apply for funding for physical items which are of use to their efforts.

Thanks go to

  • GQA participant Toni for suggesting the grant, and advice on how to fill it out
  • Gay Lesbian Switchboard for handling the financials, including holding the money and making payments on items on our behalf

 

 

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