Sep. 11th, 2017

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Why do transgender children raise the hackles of 'tolerant' Australians? (Good Weekend, 9-10 September 2017). Benjamin Law does a great job of addressing concerns about children and adolescents transitioning, such as the possibility of misdiagnosis, and whether treatments are reversible. (An Explainer from The Conversation outlines treatments.)

Almost half of trans young people try to end their lives. How can we reduce this alarming statistic? (The Conversation, 1 September 2017) "Almost 90% have been rejected by their peers, 74% have been bullied, 79% have experienced issues with school, university or TAFE, 69% have experienced discrimination, and 66% have felt a lack of family support. Issues with accommodation or homelessness have affected 22% of the study respondents. These experiences reflect societal attitudes towards trans people and demonstrate that they continue to be marginalised. Such attitudes can be changed through raising awareness of gender diversity to create a more accepting society." I suspect that prying the ACL loose from its barnacle grip on the government might also help.

Marriage Discrimination is Harmful to LGBTI Australians' Health
(headspace.org.au, n.d.)

Gender Help for Parents Australia

The Gender Centre

Transcend

As Up Over, so Down Under? The politics of transgender bathroom access in Australia (SBS 16 January 2017). "The Australian right takes its cues from the American right (witness Cory Bernardi’s enthusiasm for Trump), and right now, the American right is gunning hard for transgender people." | Where does Australia stand on transgender people serving in the ADF? (ABC, ). "... the cost of assisting transgender personnel over a 4.5 year period is roughly equal to 0.2 per cent of the [Australian Defence Force's] yearly health spend. The US military spends at most 0.13 per cent of its yearly spend on treating serving trans members."

Can transgender TV characters help bridge an ideological divide? (The Conversation, 9 August 2017) A study suggests that entertainment might be more effective than news coverage when it comes to changing peoples' attitudes towards trans people. This is good news plus a call to action for fiction writers like me.

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