The Gender Centre is committed to developing and providing services and activities which enhance the ability of people with gender issues to make informed choices.

The Gender Centre is also committed to educating the public and providers about the needs of people with gender issues. We offer a wide range of services to people with gender issues, their partners, families and friends in New South Wales. We also act as an education, support, training and referral/resource Centre to other organisations and Service Providers. We specifically aim to provide a high quality service which acknowledges human rights and ensures respect and confidentiality.

The Gender Centre is not a medical centre and as such we do not provide medical documents and/or medical care and we cannot make referrals to any medical services; we can, however, provide information regarding health care service providers for you to access independently. We do not give recommendations regarding particular service providers.

What's it Like Growing Up Transgender?

12 July 2014 - Same Same External Link

In a brand new locally-made video, five transgender young people are asked: "What it's like to be you?" The results are compelling. Each speak openly about their awesome times along with their challenges, and how they've gotten through them. The In My Shoes video is an initiative of the Transgender Anti-Violence Project at The Gender Centre. "We hope that this film will serve as a resource for the wider community to better understand the issues facing young transgender and gender diverse people," says the Gender Centre. "We also hope that it encourages transgender and gender diverse people of all ages to come forward and access support if they need it. "Thank you to these extraordinary young people for sharing their stories and to the incredible co-directors Monique Schafter and Mat Govoni."

|

Kits & Information Sheets Upgrade

28 March 2014 - Gender Centre Media Release

The Gender Centre is currently upgrading all kits and information sheets. This process will probably take until the end of June 2014, however some new information sheets have already been completed and uploaded to the website. These new information sheets are currently not able to be downloaded in either Adobe P.D.F. or MS Word format, however they may be easily printed as is. Links to the old information sheets still exist for those information sheets that have yet to be completed. The Gender Centre apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Local News

Thanking Carlotta a Pioneer for Sex and Gender Diversity

21 June 2014 - The Conversation External Link

Sydney, New South Wales: Last night the telemovie Carlotta screened on A.B.C.1. The film is based on the life of Carol Byron, better known as gender illusionist and lead performer at Lés Girls nightclub for over two decades, Carlotta. The film documents an important slice of local history, of Sydney's bohemia during the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s. How does the film feed into popular discourses and understandings about gender and sexuality? What kinds of conversations does it invite now that sex and gender diversity issues are increasing on the agenda? ... [ More External Link ]

Help Needed To Change Transgender Divorce Law

7 May 2014 - Mehreen Faruqi M.P. and Alex Greenwich M.P.

Sydney, New South Wales: New South Wales M.P. Dr. Mehreen Faruqi (Greens) and Alex Greenwich (Independent) will soon introduce a bill into the N.S.W. Parliament that would remove the requirement that some people applying to register a 'Change of Sex' must be unmarried and are cruelly forced to choose between divorcing their spouse and having an incorrect birth certificate. Mehreen and Alex are currently looking for more stories of individuals and couples that have been affected by the current discriminatory provision. Every story will help with creating momentum for the passage of the amendment bill through Parliament. We welcome stories from across Australia. You can get in touch by sending an email to Mehreen Faruqi and/or Alex Greenwich and it will be treated confidentially. Read more about this bill at the Sydney Morning Herald External Link or Star Observer External Link

High Court Recognises Third Category of Sex

2 April 2014 - A.B.C. News External Link

Canberra, A.C.T.: The High Court has ruled New South Wales laws do permit the registration of a third category of sex other than male or female. Sydney resident Norrie has been fighting the N.S.W. Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages to have a sex change formally registered as 'non-specific'. When Norrie applied for a name change and to be registered as being of non-specific sex in 2010, the registrar at first agreed. But that recognition was revoked, with the registrar arguing it was beyond the power of the law to recognise options other than male or female. Norrie went on to challenge the decision and last year the N.S.W. Court of Appeal found the existing law could recognise additional options ... [ More External Link ]

National News

Brotherboys Yarnin' Up

22 July 2014 - Crikey External Link

Melbourne, Victoria: The opening session of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne last night paid a powerful, emotional tribute to colleagues who died on flight MH17. The importance of tackling discrimination and stigma was also a strong theme. Sharing peoples' stories is a powerful way of helping to counter discrimination and stigma, according to these reports below by Marie McInerney from the 2014 International Indigenous Pre-Conference on H.I.V. and AIDS, which concluded in Sydney on July 19 ... [ More External Link ]

Alex's Campaign to Help Transgender Friends

21 July 2014 - Q News External Link

Rockhampton, Queensland: N.S.W. student Alex Glover has started an online campaign to improve the lives of transgenders in Rockhampton. The 22-year-old told The Morning Bulletin depression affected many of his friends and they had been suffering for too long. So Alex, who is pansexual, started a 'go fund me' campaign to raise money for transgenders to get life-changing sexual reassignment surgery. "I have a lot of transgender friends in Rockhampton and you hear from them that people are attempting suicide over it", "My transgender friends say they're living in agony because they're living in the wrong body ... [ More External Link ]

New Senator's proud to be in asame-sex marriage

16 July 2014 - Same Same External Link

Footscray, Victoria: Incoming Greens Senator for Victoria Janet Rice was grilled this morning on A.C.T. Radio National, with the interviewer focussing closely on her personal life. When Senator Rice's wife Penny gender-transitioned 11 years ago, the couple stayed married, and still live together in Footscray with their two adult children. "Look, I think we're pretty normal," she reflected in the interview today. "We've been married 28 years. Penny transitioned from Peter to Penny we stayed married, we still love each other." "We've had a lot of acceptance from the community," she added, "which I think shows that with same-sex marriage in general, we just need to get over the debate in Australia. We need to accept and legalise same-sex marriage ... [ More External Link ]

Let kids 'express their gender'

13 July 2014 - The West Australian External Link

Perth, Western Australia: An anti-bullying program that challenges schools to overhaul their policies for dealing with homosexual or transgender students says teenagers should be allowed to "express their gender" through aspects such as which uniform they can wear or which toilets they use at school. Safe Schools Coalition Australia, which also urges schools to include specific references to homophobic bullying, transphobia, gender diversity and intersex status in their school policies, was launched nationally last month by Liberal senator Scott Ryan. The Federal Government has put $8 million into the scheme, to be rolled out in Western Australia by the middle of next year ... [ More External Link ]

International News

Transgender Bullying: A National Epidemic

24 July 2014 - NoBullying.comExternal Link

U.S.A.: High school and middle school bullying in the United States has become an epidemic. Bullying affects the entire student population, but members of the L.G.B.T.Q. community take the brunt of the abuse. Among them, transexual people are routinely victimized. Too often cases of serious bullying are not reported to the teachers and school administrators, and on top of that, there is a disturbing tendency among school administrators to not address these instances. So what is Transgender Bullying? According to a study conducted by the National Center of Transgender Equality ... [ More ]

Transgender Children Today: Shifting the Responsibility

23 July 2014 - Huffington PostExternal Link

Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.: The first time a parent of a transgender child asked me for advice, I was thrown for a loop. Ten years ago, I couldn't quite fathom the reality that a family would actually seek to support their child. Limited as it was, my perception came from the notion that any of us desiring a gender transition had to pursue that as an adult, and that we do so only as a last resort. If anyone were to support our journey, we should feel deeply grateful. However, a handful of parents had begun looking for guidance. I wondered what resources might exist for families. My search turned up what theirs already had: very little ... [ More ]

A girl to a man: how chest surgery works

22 July 2014 - Herald ScotlandExternal Link

Edinburgh, Scotland: I love the summer. Everyone's delighted at the fact that the warmer weather is coming in, or as the Scottish call it, "Taps aff" weather. On an especially sunny day, my Dad got home a little earlier from work so we decided to go a trip on his motorbike. I was ecstatic, running upstairs to get the leather gear on. I put the thick leather jacket on; the material groaning a little. The thing with protective motorbike leathers is they have to be tight to your skin to reduce the drag from the wind as you're hurtling down the road. That was the only thing about wearing the leathers I didn't like; my chest, which stuck out a little. I'm a pre-surgery transgender guy who won't ... [ More ]

Mom's Powerful Speech for Her Transgender Daughter Is an Inspiration

21 July 2014 - BustleExternal Link

Kansas, U.S.A.: It's time to cry, you guys and time to applaud and draw strength from an extraordinary family, who teaches us that we truly can enact the change we want to see by living it ourselves. Debi Jackson, who has a six-year-old daughter named AJ, took the podium at Kansas City's Unity Temple on the Plaza in May as part of a 'Listen to Your Mother' series. Her eloquent and poignant speech shares her daughter's story and debunks many of the myths surrounding trans people in general and trans children in particular, and the parents of trans children. The speech is now going viral and with good reason. Seriously, you guys ... [ More ]

  • JANUARY
    January 2014
    S M T W T F S
    The Gender Centre Inc.
    ......01020304
    05060708091011
    12131415161718
    09202122232425
    262728293031..
    ..............
  • FEBRUARY
    February 2014
    S M T W T F S
    The Gender Centre Inc.
    ............01
    02030405060708
    09101112131415
    16171819202122
    232425262728..
    ..............
  • MARCH
    March 2014
    S M T W T F S
    The Gender Centre Inc.
    ............01
    02030405060708
    09101112131415
    16171819202122
    23242526272829
    3031..........
  • APRIL
    April 2014
    S M T W T F S
    The Gender Centre Inc.
    ....0102030405
    06070809101112
    13141516171819
    20212223242526
    27282930......
    ..............
  • MAY
    May 2014
    S M T W T F S
    The Gender Centre Inc.
    ........010203
    04050607080910
    11121314151617
    18192021222324
    25262728293031
    ..............
  • JUNE
    June 2014
    S M T W T F S
    The Gender Centre Inc.
    01020304050607
    08091011121314
    15161718192021
    22232425262728
    2930..........
    ..............
  • JULY
    July 2014
    S M T W T F S
    The Gender Centre Inc.
    ....0102030405
    06070809101112
    13141516171819
    20212223242526
    2728293031....
    ..............
  • AUGUST
    August 2014
    S M T W T F S
    The Gender Centre Inc.
    ..........0102
    03040506070809
    10111213141516
    17181920212223
    24252627282930
    31............
  • SEPTEMBER
    September 2014
    S M T W T F S
    The Gender Centre Inc.
    ..010203040506
    07080910111213
    14151617181920
    21222324252627
    282930........
    ..............
  • OCTOBER
    October 2014
    S M T W T F S
    The Gender Centre Inc.
    ......01020304
    05060708091011
    12131415161718
    19202122232425
    262718293031..
    ..............
  • NOVEMBER
    November 2014
    S M T W T F S
    The Gender Centre Inc.
    ............01
    02030405060708
    09101112131415
    16171819202122
    23242526272829
    30............
  • DECEMBER
    December 2014
    S M T W T F S
    The Gender Centre Inc.
    ..010203040506
    07080910111213
    14151617181920
    21222324252627
    28293031......
    ..............

Polare 99 Out Now!

Edition 99 of the Gender Centre magazine Polare is Out Now! This edition features all the regular articles plus a whole lot more, all of which are available online with the full colour edition available for download as a PDF as well. Click on the magazine cover to the right to go to the Polare 99 Page.

Our Supporters

The design and development of the Gender Centre website has most kindly been donated by NixDesign. The Gender Centre encourages everyone to support NixDesign and other organisations that support the Gender Centre.

External link to the NixDesign website. | External link to the City of Sydney Council website.
External link to the Aurora Group website. | External link to the Inner City Legal Centre website.
External link to the Street Smart Australia website. | Safety Partnership website is currently unavailable.
External link to the Oz Harvest website.