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Who We Are

The Gender Centre is committed to developing and providing services and activities which enhance the ability of transgender and gender diverse people to make informed choices. We are also committed to educating the families, friends, public and other service providers about the needs of transgender and gender diverse people.

What We Do

The Gender Centre offers a wide range of services to transgender and gender diverse people, 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.

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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.
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Local News

Bills to end "forced trans* divorce" introduced in N.S.W. Parliament

18 October 2014 - Star Observer External Link

Sydney, New South Wales: A bill to end the requirement for married couples to divorce when one half undergoes gender transition has been introduced in both the upper and lower houses of N.S.W. Parliament this morning, with South Australia and Tasmania set to follow suit with similar bills today. The draft bill in N.S.W. seeks to amend the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995 so as to allow married persons to apply to the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages to alter the record of their sex and to register a change of sex, and to make those changes without the need ... [ More External Link ]

A.B.C. Defends Transphobic Tweets by Q&A Viewers

18 October 2014 - Gay News Network External Link

Sydney, New South Wales: The A.B.C. has suggested that transphobic tweets which were broadcast on Q&A on Monday night fell within their guidelines and were appropriate for broadcasting. The tweets aired during a panel discussion which included trans activist, Group Captain Catherine McGregor (Australia's highest ranking trans military official), and former speech writer for the Chief of the Army. McGregor was discussing transgender inclusivity and coming out as transgender when the Tweets were broadcast. "Wow, he/she is a hero Q&A," tweeted @geoffgcooper ... [ More External Link ]

National News

Call Out to Support Trans Refugees Settling in Melbourne

31 October 2014 - Gay News Network External Link

Melbourne, Victoria: A campaign has started to support transgender refugees settling in Melbourne, supplying them with essentials such as covering transport costs and helping them interact with the community. Trans activist Jeremy Wiggins (also known as Jez Pez) met with two trans refugees who he said are living "well below the poverty line and struggling to pay for basic necessities like food, clothing and bills". Wiggins said because they have a limited right to work and limited access to financial support, the refugees are struggling to survive. "This has a massive negative impact on their physical and mental health", Wiggins said. "The fact that they are also trans compounds their issues immensely ... [ More External Link ]

Melbourne's Swinburne University Opens First Gender-Neutral Bathroom

28 October 2014 - Nine News External Link

Melbourne, Victoria: Swinburne has become the first university in the Victorian capital to install a gender neutral bathroom for trans and genderqueer students, following a growing trend to raise awareness around transgender issues at universities. An existing bathroom was modified by the university about three weeks ago and while it can be used by any student on campus, it is particularly intended as a safe place for trans students. The push for the new initiative was led by Swinburne Student Union queer representative, Lee Taube. Lee, a genderqueer individual who identifies as neither male nor female, has been lobbying for the new facility for the past 18 months. Swinburne Queer ... [ More External Link ]

Courier Mail Apologises for Offensive Headline

28 October 2014 - Gay News Network External Link

Brisbane, Queensland: After a multitude of complaints to the Press Council and an online petition that has acquired over 28,000 signatures, Brisbane's Courier Mail has finally apologised for its headlines labelling murder victim Mayang Prasetyo as a she male. Members of the L.G.B.T.I. and straight community alike, were outraged by the Courier Mail's headlines, which splashed across the front page beside a photo of the victim clad only in a bikini, proclaiming 'monster chef and the she male'. The paper then went into lurid details of the murder and sensationalised the story by dishing up information on Prasetyo's past as a sex worker ... [ More External Link ]

First Transgender and Gender Diverse Health Paper Released

18 October 2014 - Gay News Network External Link

Melbourne, Victoria: The Victorian transgender and gender diverse community has welcomed the release of the Transgender and Gender Diverse Health and Wellbeing Background Paper. Transgender Victoria says the paper compiled by the Transgender and Intersex Health and Wellbeing Working Group, addresses the lack of much needed services for the trans*, gender diverse and intersex community. Transgender Victoria said the paper is "an important step in identifying shortfalls within the Victorian health services sector that create barriers for trans and gender diverse people accessing better healthcare" ... [ More External Link ]

Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Older Trans Men

2 October 2014

Melbourne, Victoria: La Trobe University is conducting confidential interviews to document the needs of older trans people. This information will be used to develop resources for health and aged care service providers to improve services. They would like to speak with trans men, men of transsexual experience, men assigned female at birth aged 50 years or more. The project is being conducted by Val's Café at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society, La Trobe University in partnership with Transgender Victoria, and The Gender Centre. For more information contact Dr. Catherine Barrett Phone: 03 9479 8702 or Email: c.barrett@latrobe.edu.au, or J.R. Latham Email: j.latham@latrobe.edu.au

International News

How Teachers Can Support Transgender Students

30 October 2014 - The Guardian External Link

United Kingdom: Research shows 90 percent of primary and secondary school staff have had no training to support L.G.B.T. students. Teacher Allie George explores how to make your classroom safe and inclusive. While the average secondary school will have enough lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students to make up two full classes, for many teachers, it can be a struggle to know how best to support students, especially when there are no policies and procedures in place. Teachers can use these relatively simple techniques to ensure a basic level of inclusion and care for trans ... [ More External Link ]