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Transgender, Transsexual, Gender Identity, Gender Diversity

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.
Safety Partnership website is currently unavailable. | External link to the Oz Harvest website.

Local News

Daughter of Transgender Parent Wanter

28 February 2015 - Gender Centre

Annandale New South Wales: Marie Claire magazine would like to interview a woman (preferably in her twenties or thirties) whose father transitioned to female. They would also like to interview the parent. Wouls you like to volunteer?Do you know somebody who may be interested? Journalist, Alex Carlton for further information.

Valé Paula Hartigan

24 February 2015 - Gay News Network External Link

Annandale New South Wales: It is with absolute sorrow that we report the passing of former Gender Centre stalwart, Paula Hartigan, on Saturday 21 February 2015. Paula was a Gender Centre employee for many years and retired in 2010. She served in the role as Residential Service Worker and also assisted with the night outreach service. She was a friend, an inspiration and mentor to many who passed through the service during her years and will be very sadly missed ... [ More External Link ]

Writer Wanted

18 February 2015 - Gender Centre

Annandale New South Wales: Retired trans-woman with an extensive background in Sociology, Anthropology, trans activism, sex-worker activism and law change seeks an experienced writer to transcribe her life and experiences with a view to publication. For further information, or to apply, email Over 55s Worker, Laurel Walter Email or telephone (02) 9569 2366.

National News

Indigenous Transgender People Call for Support and Acceptance

1 March 2015 - A.B.C. News External Link

All Over Australia:

As the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras prepares for its signature parade on March 7, Indigenous marchers will be among those celebrating even though their own communities often shun them because of their sexuality. The stigma of being an Indigenous gay or lesbian person cuts deep for many and this can lead to substance abuse and in extreme cases, suicide. Rosalina Curtis knows the pain of growing up feeling different. Ms Curtis is a 'sistergirl', a transgender Indigenous person ... [ More External Link ]

Mother Shares Inspiring Video of her Son's Transgender Journey

13 February 2015 - The Independent External Link

Somewhere in Queensland: A mother has shared an inspiring and emotional video of her transgender child's fight to be recognised as a boy. Renee Fabish, who lives in Queensland, Australia, but is originally from New Zealand, posted the homemade movie on Facebook. In the video, which is seven minutes long and has been viewed more than four million times, Ms Fabish documents her son's journey after being diagnosed with gender dysphoria. Milla Taige Brown was born female, but at around six years old he refused to dress in girls' clothes ... [ More External Link ]

International News

Bullying Led to Transgender Teen's Suicide

2 March 2015 - L.G.B.T.Q. Nation External Link

North Carolina U.S.A.: Local L.G.B.T. community leaders in Charlotte, North Carolina, are responding with messages of support and encouragement, following the death Thursday of a transgender student. Ash Haffner, 16, died by suicide on Thursday. In a television interview, Haffner's mother, April Quick, said Ash had been bullied in school, despite receiving support at home ... [ More External Link ]

Meet Serbia's First Transgender Army Major

1 March 2015 - Newsweek External Link

Belgrade Serbia: "I shall never ever wear trousers", says the Serbian army's first transgender officer. There may be several other things Helena will never do again after serving in the Armed forces as a man for more than 20 years and after being married to a woman for 21 years. One might be reflecting positively on the Serbian Army and Serbia's Ministry of Defence, since she is taking legal action against both of them on the grounds that they did nothing to stop her being the subject of insults and harassment ... [ More External Link ]

Portugal Monitors Case of Teen Transsexual Convicted in Dubai

28 February 2015 - Portugal News Online External Link

Lisbon Portugal: National authorities have said they are keeping a watchful eye on the case of a Portuguese transsexual who has been convicted in Dubai for cross-dressing. State Secretary for Portuguese Communities José Cesário said his office is "permanently following" the case of 18-year-old Sofia Janeiro, who was detained in January along with a 36-year-old Spanish transsexual. José Cesário said Portuguese authorities have kept ... [ More External Link ]

New Study About Transgender Kids Proves Something Majorly Important

27 February 2015 - M.T.V. News External Link

New York U.S.A.: We often hear the same excuses when 'adults' don't accept transgender kids: the kids are confused, it's just a phase, they're pretending, they're just kids. Well, now we can throw those excuses out the window. A new study that's set to be published in Psychological Science shows what we should already know: transgender kids are as sure about their gender identity as cisgender kids. There's a lot of controversy over whether children can be trans ... [ More External Link ]

Transgender Man Breaks Stigma of F.T.M. Body Transition

26 February 2015 - Metro External Link

New York U.S.A.: Aydian Dowling has been thrown into the limelight for this racy snap but not for the reasons you may think. The 27-year-old is a transgender man. The YouTube star and advocate for transgender issues worked with Jason Robert Ballard, publisher of transgender-focused magazine F.T.M., to recreate the image for the magazine's April 2015 issue. Ballard came up with the idea of Dowling striking a pose similar to ... [ More External Link ]