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.

Grill'd Supporting Transtopia

The team at Grill'd love to give back to their local communities. Each month three community organisations go head to head and battle it out for the larger prize money of $300, Grill'd have accepted an application from The Gender Centre for the youth group Transtopia! In case you’re wondering how it all works. Every time a customer buys a burger you get a token, you choose which jar to put your token in. At the end of the month, we'll count up the tokens to figure out who gets what. Come to 314 Victoria Street Darlinghurst to join in the fun and show your support!

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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

Transgender Employees: Legal Tips to Navigate a H.R.

18 April 2014 - HC Online External Link

Sydney, New South Wales: A recent High Court ruling that allows people to legally identify as a category of sex other than male or female shouldn't result in many workplace changes, says Tim Capelin, a partner at Piper Alderman. But the question of which bathroom a person identifying as gender-neutral should use has him stumped ... [ More 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 ]

Becoming Andy: My Gender Reassignment Journey

19 March 2014 - Herald Sun External Link

Sydney, New South Wales: When I was little, I asked Mum how she chose my name. She replied: "If you were a girl, you were to be called Anna, and if a boy, Andrew". "Then I am Andrew", I declared. Even at five, I knew that although I looked like a pretty, blonde girl, I was really a boy. I identified with boys, I wore boys' clothes, eschewed dolls for skateboards and dirt bikes ... [ More External Link ]

Secrecy, Heartbreak and Women's Clothes: Inside The Seahorse Society

16 March 2014 - The Feed - S.B.S. External Link

Sydney, New South Wales: With unprecedented access to Australia's oldest, previously secret cross-dressing club, The Feed's Andy Park took a dirt road turn off that would lead to the deeply private secrets hidden at the back of men's wardrobes. Following a lead on a story, my contact gave me directions that had led me to an isolated dirt road turn-off in the bush somewhere on the Central Coast ... [ More External Link ]

National News

Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Older Trans* and Intersex People

17 April 2014 - Dr Catherine Barrett, LaTrobe University

Melbourne, Victoria: LaTrobe University is conducting confidential interviews to document the needs of older intersex and trans people. This information will be used to develop educational resources for service providers – to improve services. We would like to speak with intersex and/or trans* people aged 65 years or more. We are interested in people with a wide range of identities including but not limited to: people who identify as men, women, sistagirl, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, male-to-female, female-to-male, gender diverse people and people who identify beyond the gender binary. The project is being conducted by Val's Café at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society, La Trobe University in partnership with Organisation Intersex International Australia, Transgender Victoria and The Gender Centre. For more information contact the project researchers: Dr Catherine Barrett Phone: 03 9479 8702 or J.R. Latham .

Transmen Fight Depression with Beyond Blue

18 April 2014 - Gay News Network External Link

Melbourne, Victoria: A new project by beyondblue sees three transmen sharing their stories on on how they have overcome depression and anxiety. Beyondblue C.E.O. Kate Carnell said she hopes the filmed stories will also allow the broader community a greater understanding of the challenges faced by trans people who currently face a sixty percent higher rate of psychological distress than the national average ... [ More External Link ]

Victorian Attorney General Urged to Look at State Impact of Norrie Decision

8 April 2014 - Star Observer External Link

Melbourne, Victoria: The Victorian opposition has called on the State Government to investigate the current legal status of gender recognition in Victoria, in the wake of a High Court decision to allow Norrie to register as 'non-specific' gender. The High Court ruled last week against the N.S.W. Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages' challenge ... [ More External Link ]

Ruby Rose Wanted to 'Undergo a Female to Male Transition' When She Was Younger

8 April 2014 - News Limited External Link

Melbourne, Victoria: Ruby Rose has revealed that she longed to undergo a female to male transition as a young girl. The Australian model and DJ took to social media on Sunday to reveal the truth to her fans, posting a photo on her Facebook and Instagram accounts. Rose, who is engaged to fashion designer Phoebe Dahl ... [ More External Link ]

International News

Links between the intrauterine theory of gender identity, transsexualism and mind-brain-body identity

20 April 2014 - OutExternal Link

Taipei University Taiwan: The intrauterine theory of gender identity proposes that gender identity is encoded in brain during intrauterine development. The brain is thought to develop in the male 'direction' through a surge of testosterone on nerve cells, likely in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BSTc) in the limbic system ... [ More ]

Must See: Mala Mala: A Puerto Rican Trans Documentary

20 April 2014 - OutExternal Link

San Juan Puerto Rico: Gender identity is not something filmmakers Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles struggle with on a daily basis. However, the fight for the right to define oneself despite nature captivated the young artists enough to take them on a three-year journey to shed a much-needed light on the transgender community in Puerto Rico ... [ More ]

Norman Spack: How I help transgender teens become who they want to be

19 April 2014 - ExchangeExternal Link

Boston, Massachusetts U.S.A.: Puberty is an awkward time for just about everybody, but for transgender teens it can be a nightmare, as they grow overnight into bodies they aren't comfortable with. In a heartfelt talk, endocrinologist Norman Spack tells a personal story of how he became one of the few doctors ... [ More ]

Transgender Teen Writes of her Living Conditions in Prison

17 April 2014 - Connecticut MirrorExternal Link

York, Connecticut U.S.A.: Since being sent to an adult prison eight days ago, 16-year-old Jane Doe has spent 22 to 23 hours a day in a prison cell. Jane – a transgender, self-identifying girl whose name has not been released because she is a minor – has had no contact with anyone her age or been given any educational instruction ... [ More ]

Transgender Model Ines-Loan Rau Rocks The Fashion World!

17 April 2014 - Pop Dust External Link

New York City, New York U.S.A.: Transgender model Ines-Loan Rau was born male but the fashion world has welcomed the statuesque stunner with open arms. Between the ages of 16 and 18, Rau, now 24, underwent her sex change surgery and says her friends and family were surprisingly supportive ... [ More ]

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Polare 98 Out Now!

Edition 98 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 96 Page.

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