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."

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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

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

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 ]

International News

The Transgender Crucible

31 July 2014 - Rollong Stone External Link

Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.:s"> As a homeless trans teen, CeCe McDonald suffered a lifetime of hardships. But when she was charged with murder for simply defending herself, she became a folk hero. And so it was that on a warm Saturday night in June 2011, CeCe and four friends, all African-Americans in their twenties, found themselves strolling the tree-lined streets of her quiet working-class Long­fellow neighborhood in Minneapolis, toward a commercial strip. Leading the way was CeCe's roommate Latavia Taylor and two purse-carrying gay men – CeCe's makeshift family, whom she called "cousin" and "brothers" ... [ More ]

Meet the Brave Transgender Musician Who's Tearing Down Bias in Her Home Country

30 July 2014 - Music Mic External Link

Luanda, Angola: Luanda, Angola, isn't an easy place to be transgender, but there's no better place to be a kuduro artist. Twenty-six-year-old Titica is both. The singer was born Teca Miguel Garcia in Luanda, the birthplace of a genre known as kuduro. Kuduro sounds like a titillating mix of hip-hop, R&B and dance music. When done properly, as on Titica's first massive hit, Chao Chao, it tends to be irresistible. That kind of exposure can be a problem when you're transgender in a country where "acts against nature" are punishable by hard labor. Most Americans don't know the moves to Chao Chao, but people may be more familiar with kuduro than they think ... [ More ]

The Perils Of Traveling As A Trans Woman

29 July 2014 - Autostraddle External Link

U.S.A.: I'm a girl on the move. Between a long-distance relationship, science conferences, science-fiction conventions and a general love of random adventures, I've managed to log well more than 15,000 miles of travel in the last year alone. I think I've travelled by just about every mode of transport available in that period: car, bus, airplane, train, boat, TARDIS, submarine, etc. Wanderlust is my nature, and I've long hoped to set foot on all seven continents. Unfortunately, because I'm a trans woman, globe-trekking (and even North-America-trekking) comes with a considerable amount of risk and hassle. Queer folks of all stripes have extra complications ... [ More ]

Clothing for Gender Non-Conforming People on the Rise

28 July 2014 - O.N.T.D. Political External Link

Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.: "My gender identity is really based in both my experiences as a woman – and also it's just deeply rooted in the fact that I'm masculine" ... Rachel Tutera says it wasn't until she started wearing boy's clothes as a pre-teen, that she started to feel like the most authentic version of herself. Yet the 29-year-old says shopping for clothes in the men's department left her feeling insecure and self-conscious. Nothing ever fit her proportions. So she was resigned to thinking that's just the way it was. "I got used to wearing clothes that hid me. I thought I would just end up being someone ... [ More ]

Transgender Powerlifter Speaks Out About Return to Sports World

27 July 2014 - The Chronicle-HeraldExternal Link

Ontario, Canada: For most of his life, sports was like a sanctuary for Kinnon Ross MacKinnon, a place where he could be himself among friends. While many kids in his native Antigonish would play hockey until it got dark outside, you would be more likely to find MacKinnon tearing up the slopes. He was on the provincial freestyle ski team from the age of 12 to 14, then switched to snowboard and competed on the Nova Scotia team until 18. And that's when he stopped, after having made what he thought would be the biggest decision of his life. He came out as bisexual and immediately felt abandoned by his family and friends. "All of my interest just faded away and I just didn't want anything to do with snowboarding ... [ More ]

Model Andreja Pejic Comes Out As Transgender Woman

26 July 2014 - WBEZ 91.5External Link

U.S.A.: Androgynous model Andreja Pejic, formerly known as Andrej Pejic, has come out as a transgender woman after undergoing gender reassignment surgery. In an exclusive interview with People magazine, the 22-year-old revealed why she decided to come out. "I want to share my story with the world because I think I have a social responsibility", Pejic said. "I hope that by being open about this, it becomes less of an issue." The Australian stunner broke out in the fashion world in 2011, when she caught the eyes of editors as a male model who walked in both the womenswear and menswear shows for designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier and Marc Jacobs ... [ More ]

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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.

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