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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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Local News

Transgender Teen 'Disgusted' After Being Laughed At By Woolworths Employee

20 September 2014 - Sydney Morning Herald External Link

Wollongong, New South Wales: A Wollongong transgender teen was left disgusted by supermarket staff who laughed at him because he no longer resembled a driver's licence photo taken before his gender transition. Ben*, 19, has been transitioning from female to male for 10 months. He attempted to buy cigarettes from Woolworths at Figtree on Monday afternoon. After being asked for identification, he said he was refused sale because the cashier did not believe his story of being a transgender person. "She looked at me funny, and said it wasn't me in the photo", Ben said. "I've got a bit of facial hair from testosterone I'm taking, and in my photo I haven't got any. She laughed in my face when I told her my situation ... [ More External Link ]

National News

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 educational 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 the project researchers: Dr. Catherine Barrett Phone: 03 9479 8702 or Email: c.barrett@latrobe.edu.au, or J.R. Latham Email: j.latham@latrobe.edu.au

Indigenous and Transgender: Five Questions to Kai Clancy

28 September 2014 - The Guardian External Link

Townsville, Queensland: I come from the Wakka Wakka and Wulli Wulli nations. In my family we have been brought up to carry a rich sense of cultural pride and from this I developed a serious knack for Aboriginal affairs. I currently study political science at Griffith University and sometime in the future wish to be a policy advisor. I am the eldest child of Troy Clancy and Kylie Gibson and throughout my childhood I lived in Townsville, Gippsland and Ipswich. From a young age, I knew something was not right. I questioned myself constantly, "why was I made like this?" and "what went wrong at birth?" Why wasn't I like my friends? I was equally as good at footy, pokemon and building sandcastles ... [ More External Link ]

A Knight's Strength Helped Sim's Journey to Gender Change

24 September 2014 - Sydney Mornng Herald External Link

Melbourne, Victoria: A knight, a symbol of strength on a long journey. And a crimson heart – broken into the pieces of a puzzle – to remind its wearer of his values. The bold tattoo inked across Sim Kennedy's chest is based on one of his own artworks and represents all the 23-year-old has drawn on during his slow transition from female to male. It's not been easy. Like other young people who are transgender or have diverse genders, Kennedy has experienced structural discrimination and abuse. Before his transition he was forced to move schools twice to escape discrimination. "Other people make you feel like there's something wrong with you, rather than just embracing it", he says ... [ More External Link ]

Testosterone: Living with a Trans Partner

20 September 2014 - Joy 94.9 External Link

Melbourne, Victoria: Kurt is joined by Sarah to discuss some of the issues faced by partners of Trans guys. Sarah had always known Gabriel (her partner) as a guy; well before Gabriel had started hormone replacement. Sarah discusses how both she and her partner dealt with gender identity, pronouns, starting hormones and the effects of testosterone. Support as a couple discovering gender diversity and their sexuality. The important things that have made their relationship successful ... [ More External Link ]

Trans Youth Talk About the Importance of Pronouns

12 September 2014 - Gay News Network External Link

Melbourne, Victoria: He, She, They ... All small words, but each one can have a powerful impact if you are a transgender or queer-identifying youth. That's why the folk at Minus 18 have gotten together with a group of trans youth to film a video explaining the importance of correct pronoun use. As well as a video, Minus 18 has created a written resource for people to understand the importance of pronoun use to avoid misgendering. She and He are gendered pronouns. She is typically used by people who identify as female similarly He is typically used by male identifying people. Both of these are sometimes used by people who don’t identify as male or female. Gender Neutral Pronouns such as They, Xe and Ey ... [ More External Link ]

More Scholarships Up For Grabs to Attend ANZPATH Conference

4 August 2014 - Gay News Network External Link

Adelaide, South Australia: An anonymous donor has offered up a further $10,000 to assist transgender people in participating in ANZPATH, a Transgender health conference that will be held in Adelaide next month. Conference organisers said the generous donation will be used to create further scholarships to assist in paying conference fees and partially fund travel and accommodation expenses of transgender people. Applicants for the new scholarships will need to demonstrate a track record of committed community service and positive advocacy and/or be currently studying at tertiary institutions ... [ More External Link ]

International News

Facebook Has Apologized for Unfair Treatment of Transgender Users

2 October 2014 - The Mary Sue External Link

California, U.S.A.: Earlier this month, users who weren't registered under their 'real' names on Facebook received flagged and suspended accounts. The problem with that is assuming someone's 'real' name is automatically synonymous with their given legal name, and transgender users, drag queens, and drag kings were suspended for using the names they had chosen for themselves. Finally, Facebook has apologized. After public outcry, a Change.org petition, and a meeting of Facebook with the Transgender Law Center, Facebook's chief product officer Chris Cox issued an apology and assurance that they intended to fix the problem and restore users' ... [ More External Link ]