National Health Service Transgender resources
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Compared to Australia, Transgendered people are well serviced by the British National Health Service (NHS). Clinics are available across the country and they are far better funded than here in Australia. The NHS has a Trans Health page which lists services, personal stories, videos, groups  and other information relevant to Trans and Gender questioning people around the world. Visit the NHS Trans Health page
I am J
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By Chris Beam J had always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was: a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J stopped praying to wake up a “real boy” and started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible — from his family, from his friends… from the world. But after being deserted by the best friend …
Stone Butch Blues
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by Leslie Feinberg Winner of the American Library Association Gay & Lesbian book award and the Lambada Literary award. Woman or man? This internationally acclaimed novel looks at the world through the eyes of Jess Goldberg, a masculine girl growing up in the “Ozzie and Harriet” McCarthy era and coming out as a young butch lesbian in the pre-Stonewall gay drag bars of a blue-collar town. Stone Butch Blues traces a propulsive journey, powerfully evoking …
Welcome the Wachowski sisters
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Four years ago, Lana Wachowski (one half of the Wachowskis, directors of The Matrix trilogy), came out as transgender. This week, Lilly Wachowski has announced her presence in the world; formerly brother Andy, she decided to come out after being threatened by that most grubby of all newspapers, the Daily Mail. In the Windy City Gazette, she writes: There’s the headline I’ve been waiting for this past year. Up until now with dread and/or eye …
Jaco Erasmus takes the reins of the Monash Gender Clinic
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For some it will be news that Fintan Harte stepped down as head of the Monash Gender Dysphoria Clinic at the end of 2015. His replacement, Jaco Erasmus has this to say about the challenge of his new role: I do realise that I am taking over the reins during very challenging times. With increased demand for our services, and inadequate human and financial resources, our current waiting list is unacceptably long. He also makes a …
ABC Media Request Lateline
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Tierney Bonini, a producer at ABC’s current affairs program Lateline,  is currently working on a story about young people growing up in Australia who are gender diverse; including their reflections on gender, as well as some of the challenges and joys they have experienced due to their gender identity. Tierney is wondering if any young people would be interested in sharing their story. They are looking for young people between the ages of 12 and 19 who are …
Working with Transgender & Gender Diverse Young People
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Rainbow Network and Zoe Belle Gender Collective (ZBGC) invite you to attend a half day training to increase your capacity to work with transgender and gender diverse young people. The training will provide you with new skills, the opportunity to network with other professionals in the sector and engage in conversations discussing best practice. This 101 training doesn’t require previous experiences or is great chance to refresh your knowledge. 17th MARCH 10am -12:30pm Latrobe University Teaching …
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 …
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