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The Indonesian media often portrays the lives of transgender people as “sinful” and wrong. The Indonesian media often portrays the lives of transgender people as “sinful” and wrong. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade/Flickr

On Indonesian TV, transgender people are made to repent

A transgender woman with heavy makeup, a red wig and dressed in pink is chased by her pimp’s henchmen. A young woman hides her in her house. So begins the TV drama, a story of repentance of a transgender…
Why is the language we use to describe gender non-conformists such as Andrej Pejic so important? Why is the language we use to describe gender non-conformists such as Andrej Pejic so important? CHRISTOPHER MACSURAK

Trans, transgender, cisgender: we are what we name ourselves

Transgender and gender non-conforming lives are becoming increasingly visible. Debate about the lives and legitimacy of trans people is being conducted in the most mainstream of media outlets: Time magazine…
The cast and crew of transgender comedy The Switch want to see more inclusive representation of transgender people on TV. The cast and crew of transgender comedy The Switch want to see more inclusive representation of transgender people on TV. We Love The Switch

Changing the way we look at trans women on TV

The Canadian production company Trembling Void has just successfully crowdfunded a new television series called The Switch. The project is a comedy tracing the lives of an ensemble of trans characters…
Eamon Farren as Ava and Jessica Marais as Carlotta. Eamon Farren as Ava and Jessica Marais as Carlotta. Photo by Simon Cardwell. ABC

Thanking Carlotta – a pioneer for sex and gender diversity

In 2005 the road film Transamerica, directed by Duncan Tucker was released. It was a controversial film for its time simply for telling a trans story on the big screen. A complex transsexual character…
‘Tranny’ finds a place among many other slurs that have historically hateful roots. ‘Tranny’ finds a place among many other slurs that have historically hateful roots. Foxtel

RuPaul’s ‘tranny’ debate: the limits and power of language

If you’re a fan of the American reality TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race, currently airing on Foxtel’s Lifestyle You channel in Australia, you’re likely aware of the ongoing storm that has surged around how…
The high court has ruled that New South Wales must allow Norrie to legally identify as having a non-specific gender. The high court has ruled that New South Wales must allow Norrie to legally identify as having a non-specific gender. AAP/Daniel Munoz

Why Norrie’s court victory is a leap forward for everyone

Have you ever asked yourself why institutions continue to demand that we identify ourselves as male or female on every form? What difference does gender make to my bank account, to the tax office, or to…
Looking the other way: India’s LGBT community campaigned for privacy. Looking the other way: India’s LGBT community campaigned for privacy. sound_of_sight

Vulnerability of gay and transgender Indians goes way beyond Section 377

Prompting international outrage, the Supreme Court of India has overturned a “reading-down” of the notorious Section 377 of the India Penal Code. This, in effect, reinstated a law that is widely understood…
Bamboozled won best film at Tropfest on the weekend, causing much controversy. Bamboozled won best film at Tropfest on the weekend, causing much controversy. Tropfest

Why playing trans people for laughs at Tropfest is lame

On the weekend, Bamboozled was awarded the best film prize at the Tropfest. It has sparked controversy for its homophobic and transphobic narrative devices. The film portrays an encounter between Peter…
The binary categories of male and female don’t align with the reality that sex and gender may be fluid. The binary categories of male and female don’t align with the reality that sex and gender may be fluid. Keoni Cabral

Beyond male and female: time for a non-specific sex category

Earlier this month the High Court indicated it was prepared to hear a legal case that tests the ability of intersex Australians to be legally recognised as being neither male or female. The High Court…
Vasectomies and abortions require informed consent. Vasectomies and abortions require informed consent. Lion Heart Vintage

Gender transition isn’t a whim, so why the mistrust?

When it comes to gender transitions, trans patients are often inappropriately held to higher account when compared to people opting for other kinds of medical care. Standards of care are effectively constructed…
Transition town: changing gender can be more difficult than it should be. Transition town: changing gender can be more difficult than it should be. Transguyjay

Trouble making the change: my transgender experience

Transgender people face many barriers when seeking medical treatment to help with their transitions. The most common, and arguably most damaging, is the “gatekeeper” model of health-care, where doctors…
The demarcation of the population into male and female effectively excludes everyone who falls outside those boundaries. The demarcation of the population into male and female effectively excludes everyone who falls outside those boundaries. Frozen Coffee/Flickr

Health services not reaching sex and gender diverse people

“Sex and gender diverse” is the umbrella term for a highly disparate, largely invisible and neglected group of people. The experiences of these people challenge the popular view that all people live in…
Parents who are transgender tend to confront people’s ideas about the possibilities of parenthood. Parents who are transgender tend to confront people’s ideas about the possibilities of parenthood. Presley Martin

He’s my mother: motherhood across gender boundaries

In the 2005 film Transamerica, Felicity Huffman’s character, Bree, is set to begin gender reassignment surgery when she receives a phone call from a teenage boy looking for his father, Stanley, the man…
Are hormone therapies the answer to transgendered children? Are hormone therapies the answer to transgendered children? Flickr/PhotoComiX

Eugenics and the practice of transgendering children

The practice of eugenics is returning to contemporary Australia in the treatment of transgendered children. With the cooperation of the Family Court, children as young as ten are being put on puberty delaying…

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