Gender Identity is Inside Every One of Us
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Today in The Age, commentator Bronwyn Winter laments the problems of socially imposed gender roles. I would like to live in a world where ‘male’ and ‘female’ cease to be categories of social distinction, to the considerable advantage of those labelled ‘male’ and the considerable disadvantage of those labelled ‘female’. And this sounds like a great idea. However, she then goes on to conflate gender identity as imposed by society, and gender identity as known …
VAC Trans Health & Well Being Service
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VAC have recently established a trans and gender diverse advisory group, made up of trans and gender diverse health workers, community advocates and community development workers. This advisory group will drive and lead the development of a Trans and Gender Diverse Health and Wellbeing Strategy and Action Plan as well as provide valuable community leadership directly resulting in the improvement of health services and programs for Victorian communities. From March 22nd VAC will be operating …
Seeking participants
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Seeking participants- study into the mental health and barriers to accessing services for trans* young people in Australia The survey is directed to both trans* young people (aged 14-25) and parents/guardians of trans* young people under the age of 25. We hope that this research will help to inform policies, health professionals, other researchers, parents of trans* individuals, other trans* young people and the wider community about how relevant services can best meet the needs …
Needed: Artwork by LGBTIQ people about their experience of mental health problems
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MHFA Australia is seeking artwork by LGBTIQ people depicting their experience of mental health problems, to be included in our 4th edition Mental Health First Aid Manual, which is currently being written. We are hoping that you may be able to help us with our search? We would very much appreciate if you were able to circulate the information that’s attached (4th ed. LGBTIQ mhfa-artwork-info) with all of the relevant instructions and eligibility criteria for making …
New State guidelines for transgender students and school sport
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Victorian schools will soon have to follow new participation guidelines aimed at tackling discrimination against transgender students in sport. Transgender students are often excluded from girls and boys teams, and can spend years on the sidelines while their classmates play sport. “The department continually ensures that its policies align with anti–discrimination legislation. This includes supporting schools in creating environments where transgender students are not discriminated against in sport.” Read more about it HERE
LBQ Women’s Health Conference 2016 Update
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VAC and ACON are pleased to announce that they have extended the deadline to submit an abstract for the National Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women’s Health Conference. The extended deadline is the 12th of March. Information regarding abstract submission is available on the website. VAC and ACON are looking for sessions from a range of perspectives and topics. In particular, they would love to hear from you about workshops and discussion spaces you would like to facilitate …
Would you let Cory Bernardi near your kids?
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Today, the Australian government decided they’d have a meeting. And in that meeting a bunch of ministers decided to save the children. Not just any children. The children who would be most hurt by learning that just because you’re different, doesn’t mean you’re someone to fear. They complained mainly about the “appropriateness” of asking school children to consider other viewpoints.
Zoolander 2 is All wrong
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So, it’s no secret that Zoolander 2 features a genderqueer “supermodel” called All played by Benedict Cumberbatch, best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. As Buzzfeed writer Alison Willmore comments: That Cumberbatch sequence manages to crystallize all of Zoolander 2’s off-target fumblings in one easy moment. It’s a messy scene in which the joke quickly slides from Derek and Hansel’s cluelessness to squirmy panic, right before the three are due to hit the catwalk at …
The scourge of equality
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In the Age newspaper today is a report about the STOP SAFE Schools Coalition, an apparently new group presumably against making schools safe for everyone who attends. Their Facebook page explains their manifesto: A page to get real information about the Australian Governments “Safe Schools Coalition” initiative and the danger it presents to all children. SSSC have posted on their Facebook page that their members should purchase tickets for Minus18’s Same Sex Gender Diverse Formal. PLEASE …
Trans* Pathways Survey
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Penelope Strauss is a researcher with the University of Western Australia, and she’s part of a team researching the mental health of trans young people and their parents and guardians. This research is a collaboration between the University of Western Australia, Telethon Kids Institute, Curtin University, YouthLink and the Freedom Centre. She writes: I am reaching out to you because my research team is currently conducting a study looking into the mental health and barriers to …