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

Local News

Woman Dies After Being Found in Botany Unit

24 January 2015 - N.S.W. Police Force Media Release External Link

Botany New South Wales: A transgender woman has died after being located unconscious in a unit at Botany this morning. About 3am (Friday 23 January 2015), N.S.W. Ambulance Paramedics attended a unit in Edward Street, after receiving information about an unconscious female. The woman was taken to Prince of Wales Hospital in a critical condition and later died. Officers from Botany Bay Local Area Command attended and commenced an investigation. The incident is being treated as suspicious ... [ More External Link ]

Watch: Young Transpeople in Local TEDx Talk

16 January 2015 - Same Same External Link

Ultimo New South Wales: Two young Australian transpeople were invited to speak out about what life's like for them in an illuminating TEDx talk in Sydney recently. Journalist and documentary filmmaker Monique Schafter interviewed Elizabeth Duck-Chong and Ruben Cuda about their experiences growing up transgender, saying she was keen to question them about the most inspiring and most challenging aspects of their lives. She asked them about when they first knew they were transgender, what their 'coming out' was like ... [ More External Link ]

Transgender icon Calpernia Addams is heading to Sydney for Mardi Gras

14 January 2015 - Gay Star News External Link

Sydney New South Wales: Calpernia Addams, who's life story was the basis of the movie A Soldier’s Girl, will take part in the 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival as a special guest at the Gender Trailblazers event ... [ More External Link ]

National News

Gender Dysphoria in Children Going Undiagnosed

27 January 2015 - Brisbane Times External Link

Brisbane Queensland: G.P.s are struggling to properly diagnose children with gender dysphoria, also known as gender identity disorder, according to a Brisbane transgender support network. Gender dysphoria occurs when a child's identity and gender do not match their biological sex. Kristine Johnson from the Queensland branch of the Australian Transgender Support Association said she regularly heard about children being misdiagnosed. "The clinical need is very, very unmet ... [ More External Link ]

Exhibition Celebrates Melbourne's Drag Queen Scene

19 January 2015 - Only Melbourne External Link

Melbourne Victoria: The changing face and colourful history of Melbourne's drag culture is on display at an exhibition, from the underground movement in the 1960s, the sparkling disco era of the 1970s to today's modern glitz and glamour. The curator of the What A Drag! exhibition, Ricky Beirao, is a performer who goes by the name of 'Rhubarb Rouge' ... [ More External Link ]

Does Transgender Reality Shine Through Transparent?

16 January 2015 - The Drum (A.B.C. Online) External Link

Adelaide South Australia: The success of the TV series Transparent demonstrates a growing mainstream acceptance of trangender people, but what are the real-life issues faced by those who have children, or hope to have them in the future? Damien Riggs, who is an Associate Professor in social work at Flinders University and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. He also runs a small private psychotherapy practice in which he specialises in working with transgender people, presents the story ... [ More External Link ]

Miss Gay and Miss Transsexual Australia 2015

8 January 2015 - Only Melbourne External Link

Melbourne Victoria: Australia will crown its brightest drag queen performer and most stunning female transgender [woman] in the nation's biggest beauty pageant for female impersonators and transsexual [women] in Melbourne later this month. In its fifth year, the 'Miss Gay and Miss Transsexual Australia 2015' beauty pageant will be ... [ More External Link ]

International News

Advocates Rally Around Transgender Woman Detained in Male Facility

30 January 2015 - Huffington Post External Link

Arizona U.S.A.: Immigration and Customs Enforcement has refused to release a transgender migrant woman from detention in an all-male facility, even though advocates say she has a credible asylum claim and has faced abuse from guards and fellow detainees. The case of Nicoll Hernández-Polanco, an asylum seeker detained in Florence, Arizona, has become a rallying point for immigrant rights groups and the L.G.B.T. community, with some advocates arguing that I.C.E. should stop detaining transgender people altogether ... [ More External Link ]

Transgender Rights in Ireland (or Lack Thereof)

30 January 2015 - University Times External Link

Dublin Republic of Ireland: With the Marriage Equality Referendum looming as one of the major political reforms in our country's recent history, it is little wonder that the topic of L.G.B.T. rights in Ireland is a much debated one. From large-scale marches and impassioned blog posts to quiet coffee hours and gentle discussions, it would appear that L.G.B.T. equality is the cause du jour of our generation – and what a wondrous thing that is to say. However, it is equally true to say that ... [ More External Link ]

Philippines Rejects U.S. Marine's appeal to drop transgender murder case

29 January 2015 - C.B.S. External Link

Manila Philippines: The Philippines on Tuesday rejected an appeal by a U.S. Marine that it drop a murder case against him in the death of a transgender Filipino woman last year. A Department of Justice panel said evidence from prosecutors against Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton showed that he killed Jennifer Laude after picking her up in a bar in Olongapo city in October. Police said Laude was found dead ... [ More External Link ]

First-Ever Transsexual Runs for Canary Island Carnival Queen

28 January 2015 - Gnomes National News Service External Link

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Canary Islands: Sixteen-year-old Lola Rodríguez is the first-ever transsexual candidate for Carnival Queen in the Canary Islands. The youngster, who is studying sciences in sixth form and hopes to become a psychologist, says becoming queen of the world-renowned pre-Lent festival in her home city, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, has always been her dream. She describes her dress as 'very detailed and bright', but cannot give away too much until the final contest when she will face the judges ... [ More External Link ]