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The idea of ‘family balancing’ is based on the belief that children come in two genders that have essentially different traits. Jason Pratt/Flickr

Choosing children’s sex is an exercise in sexism

The risk of harm in sex selection stems from the fact that parents don't desire any child, they want a child of a particular sex, who is to remain within the limits of binary gender roles.
David Bowie posing for the Aladdin Sane tour, 1973. Photograph by Masayoshi Sukita. Image courtesy of ACMI.

Bowie and gender transgression – what a drag

David Bowie has long confounded us with enigmatic acts of gender transgression, with gestures and personas drawn from Hollywood stars, literature and avant-garde art. That flame still burns brightly.
In both of photographer Annie Leibovitz’s shots, deviance is synonymous with beauty. Vanity Fair

Two covers, two culture shifts

Caitlyn Jenner evokes Demi Moore's controversial 1991 Vanity Fair cover shoot, done when pregnancy was something to be hidden.
Transgender is an umbrella term, encompassing a number of different identities and practices. 'Umbrella' via www.shutterstock.com

What’s in a word? The challenges of ‘transgender’

Transgender is a relatively new word. So when an academic seeks to create a transgender historical archive, complications abound.
When public figures such as Cate McGregor and Bruce Jenner speak about trans experience, how does it serve the development of trans rights? AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

After Cate McGregor and Bruce Jenner, what now for trans rights?

A number of high-profile trans people have come out in recent months, such as Cate McGregor and Bruce Jenner. Do these big media moments help advance trans rights across society?
There is a high rate of assault on transgender students in schools. torbakhopper

For transgender students, a divided pool of college options

Transgender students have a higher suicide rate on college campuses due to the harassment they experience. Now women's colleges, such as Wellesley, are showing the way forward.
It’s disingenuous for newspaper editors to claim ignorance in reporting trans issues.

How media reports affect trans people, and what should be done

Yesterday, the Courier-Mail put the gruesome murder of Indonesian transwoman Mayang Prasetyo, killed by her partner Marcus Volker, on its front page. The article is breathtaking in its prurience and voyeurism…
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? 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. 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. 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. 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. 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…

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