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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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Allies & Supporters

The Gender Centre encourages everyone to support NixDesign and other organisations that support the Gender Centre.

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

Slipping Through The Cracks

2016 is an Australian census year and finally it seems as if the transgender and gender non-binary community as well as intersex Australians will be included in the count. Or will they? Australian Government data collectors are trying to find a way to include a third category but struggling to move beyond the female/male binary. Their solution? A third ‘indeterminate’, ‘unspecified’ or ‘X’ category, and the exclusion of transgender children. Not surprisingly transgender, gender non-binary and intersex people do not see themselves as indeterminate or unspecified and may not take part. But, without a proper accounting, the resources and recognition to help these vulnerable communities will be as far away as ever. The Gender Centre and Inner City Legal Centre invite you to be part of a Mardi Gras Queer Thinking panel discussion on Monday 29 February at the Eternity Playhouse, Darlinghurst. Cost: $5. Please book in advance to reserve your ticket: http://bit.ly/1SUyOj4 

Website Maintenance

30 January 2016 - Gender Centre Media Release

Sydney New South Wales:: Having designed and maintained this website for the past fifteen years, NixDesign is handing over the baton to a new web designer as of 1 February 2016. NixDesign wishes the new designer well and hopes the Gender Centre can continue going from strength to strength into the future.

Position Vacant: Counsellor / Psychologist / Social Worker

22 January 2016 - Gender Centre Media Release

Annandale New South Wales:: The Gender Centre is looking for an experienced, motivated and dedicated Counsellor to join a multi-disciplinary, dedicated team based in Annandale to provide counselling to the transgender, gender questioning and the gender diverse community of N.S.W. using approaches that are flexible and appropriate. For further details, ... visit the Positions Vacant page

Request for Portrait Participants

23 January 2016 - Gender Centre Media Release

Annandale New South Wales:: A. student studying photo-journalism and documentary photography through the University of the Arts, London (online) is interested in photographing anyone going through gender transition, and hoping to take a series of photos over time that show some, or all, of the physical transition. Interested participants are to email A. Barker or phone 0402 324 776.

Carlotta Blasts Barry Humphries over Transgender Comments

7 January 2016 - Gay News Network External Link

Pyrmont New South Wales:: Transgender icon Carlotta has delivered a stinging rebuke to Barry Humphries over his remarks that Caitlyn Jenner is a "mutilated man". Appearing on the Studio 10 panel on Thursday, Carlotta blasted the Australian comedian, best known for his character Dame Edna Everage, for labelling Jenner a "publicity-seeking ratbag" who had carried out "self-mutilation". "I can't believe he came out with this statement" ... [ More External Link ]

Asia / Pacific News

Being Transgender In Korea

18 January 2016 - Huffington Post External Link

Seoul Korea Republic:: "I want to become a person who breaks down boundaries. There are many walls and boundaries in people's hearts and minds that separate them from other people. I want to be a person who breaks down those invisible walls and boundaries," transgender author Kim Bee said at the Empathy Monthly Forum. After I decided I would write something about her talk, I found myself staring at the blinking cursor for a good hour without writing anything. Her life was too intense and too beautiful ... [ More External Link ]

Beauty Pageant for Transgender Women Gets More Support

18 January 2016 - The Straits Times External Link

Singapore Singapore:: Every year since 2011, Pravinaa Productions has been running an annual pageant called Miss World Music Tiffany for a different type of beauty queen - transgender women. Each year, 10 transgender women from Singapore and around the region strut down the catwalk, don national costumes and parade their talents at a club. For their efforts, they win prize money, titles such as 'Miss Photogenic' and 'Miss Elegant', but, more importantly, empowerment. Last April, the company created a Facebook page ... [ More External Link ]

Transgender Thai Kickboxer Fighting for Sex Change

8 January 2016 - A.B.C. External Link

Bangkok Thailand:: For Thai fighter Somros Polchareon, there are a few extra steps in preparing for a kickboxing bout. Only after mascara is applied and eyelashes are curled does the 19-year-old grab a handbag and walk outside to have her hands wrapped in bandages and her muscular body rubbed down with oil. Rose, as she is known to all, is one of a handful of transgender fighters at the top levels of Thailand's national sport, Muay Thai, a form of kickboxing that allows the use of elbows and knees as well as fists and feet ... [ More External Link ]

Time for a Transgender Education, New Zealand

7 January 2016 - Japan Times External Link

Dunedin New Zealand:: Being transgender both in New Zealand and around the world is a real experience, I'll give it that. My experience is always different to that of my friends or partner. People usually just look at me and assume I'm a butch lesbian, call me by she/her pronouns. If I'm feeling brave enough, I'll drop in a quick and pointed "yeah nah, I'm not a girl", if I'm not, I have to let it slide. I don't feel brave enough very often. I've had too many people tell me I'm disgusting or ... [ More External Link ]

Transgender Woman Sues Gym Over Changing-Room Use

26 December 2015 - Japan Times External Link

Kyoto Japan:: A transgender business manager in the city of Kyoto sued major fitness club operator Konami Sports Club Co. on Friday, saying she was forced to use its facility in Kyoto Prefecture as a man before undergoing sex reassignment surgery. The woman, who is in her 40s, seeks 4.7 million Yen in compensation for the emotional suffering caused, in a civil lawsuit filed at the Kyoto District Court. According to the lawsuit, the business manager has been diagnosed by a doctor ... [ More External Link ]

Vietnam Allows Sex Change on Legal Documents

24 December 2015 - Jakarta Globe External Link

Hanoi Vietnam:: Vietnam lawmakers on Tuesday passed changes to a civil code that acknowledges transgender people and gives them rights to change gender in legal documents, reflecting a major advance in the Communist government's viewpoint on gender issues. Under the new law, which will take effect from January 1, 2017, people who undergo sex change would have "rights and obligations to register for changes in civil status" and personal rights associated with their new ... [ More External Link ]