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Kathy's Komments

This page will have regular comments from Kathy.

 

"Fear not the path of truth for the lack of people walking on it."

 Robert F. Kennedy - 1968-06-06

"Compromise is the cornerstone of democracy."

 Attributed to WGP

"Success is never found. Failure is never fatal. Courage is the only thing"

 Sir Winston Churchill

"You might have to fight a battle more than once to win it"

 Margaret Thatcher

Kathy's Story.
From Living Libraries & GLBI Histories

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   Kathy's new book is now available

Kathys bookTwo Lives: A Transsexual’s story and the fight for recognition

...is a heart-wrenching read. The author shares her painful, yet sometimes happy journey through a tormented life that many could not imagine. From early childhood and being born a boy called Frank, Kathy felt something was not right with her gender. As she matured her body shape and physical appearance leant towards female, but it was the turmoil inside her mind that caused her the greatest anxiety...
Click here to read more about the production of the book and its release...
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*This book is no longer in print.

 

We have amended KK by moving the long pieces to a new area, named NOTICES
This should make it much easier to read the latest items of interest.

2015-08-19  

We regret to advise the sad passing of Kathy Anne Noble Monday, 17th August, 2015, at age 81. Kathy was the author of this website, and the published author of "Two Lives: A Transsexual's story and the fight for recognition"; and a successful advocate of change in Australian laws for betterment of the lives of the transgender community. We have enormously enjoyed working with Kathy over several years, bringing you all sorts of relevant updates about the trans gender community, mostly in this column "Kathy's Komments".

Jenny Sharp and Chris Diprose - Website Managers.
(These words published with permission of Kathy's family)

2015-07-19  

BBC Website: Boxing promoter Kellie Maloney
See the Articles page for more information.

2015-07-19  

Caitlyn Jenner pens first blog post since her public transition, hopes to make a difference
Just how many more are going to come out? I think that Governments are in for a nasty shock!
See the Articles page for more information.

2015-07-19  

Caitlyn Jenner accepts Arthur Ashe Award
I am now of the mind to think that she will make a difference for Transfolk, I sure hope so, as there are so many who need help, love and understanding. A wonderful speech!
See the Articles page for more information.

2015-07-19  

New Gires website: Gender Identity Research and Education Society
This is a very important establishment, that covers many areas of concern for Transfolk.
Go to the Gires Website

2015-07-07  

Transforming History
This really says it all concerning Transfolk and how we are treated by Governments and Society.
See the Notices page for more information.

2015-07-07  

TransChildCourtApproval
So, now there is Perth also seeing Trans* kids. I wonder how long it will be before they too are swamped, just like Brisbane and Melbourne?
See the 'For Parents of Gender-Variant Young' page for more information.

2015-07-07  

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Trans-gender Rights
I think you will either be amused or feel abused, but this really says it all where Transfolk are concerned.
See the Notices page for more information.

2015-06-26  

Problems with the SOGII Report - Parts 1 & 2
I have taken my time in responding to the release of "Resilient Individuals". These are my considered thoughts on the subject. Yet again, Transfolk are not really in the frame and are hidden amongst the detail of LGB. I hope that this is accepted, in the spirit that I hope it will be, for the betterment of Transfolk .
See the Notices page for more information.

2015-06-25  

Perth transgender clinic sees 26 children a year
So, now there is Perth also seeing Trans* kids. I wonder how long it will be before they too are swamped, just like Brisbane and Melbourne?
See the 'For Parents of Gender-Variant Young' page for more information.

2015-06-23  

Kathy's Passport Story
I do hope that none of this happens in this day and age, and proves that we have indeed moved forward after 11 years.
See the Articles page for more information.

2015-06-12  

Resilient Individuals: SOGII Rights National Consultation Report
Rights and responsibilities Consultation report.
See the Articles page for more information.

2015-06-12  

Law Versus TRANS Law
This flows from a very interesting and instructive evening, concerning Law and Trans* Law.
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2015-06-12  

Right of Reply to Tim Wilson
If as Tim Wilson states, it will cost BILLIONS to redesign the system, then we now know just how "Valuable" we are.
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2015-06-11  

BBC Website: Things Not To Say To A Trans* Person
This is an interesting piece from the UK BBC asking questions and answers that Transfolk often are questioned about themselves.
See the Articles page for more information.

2015-06-11  

Differences Between Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual & Trans* People
I have replaced the original, as it has become increasingly important to highlight even further the numbers of documents that could need to be amended by Transfolk.
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2015-05-29  

Ireland Backs Same Sex Marriage in Referendum
This is great news. Until we have the same here in Australia, we in the Trans* community will continue to be discriminated against, if staying married after surgery. The ACT has not required this since 2009, nor surgery since 2014, to be able to amend a birth certificate, if born there.
See the Notices page for more information.

2015-05-29  

Equality in Health
This is a really great idea from the Australian Medical Students Association. I hope that it leads to more understanding within the Medical Profession, at large.
See the Notices page for more information.

2015-05-29  

Gender Dysphoria Clinic to Receive Extra Funding
Great to see, that at last someone is thinking that this is a bigger problem, than many think.
See the 'For Parents of Gender-Variant Young' page for more information.

2015-05-28  

Complaints under the Sex Discrimination Act: Gender Identity
This is important information to enable Transfolk understand how to go about making complaints under the "Sex Discrimination Act".
See the Notices page for more information.

2015-05-15  

Birth Certificate V Passports 2012-2014
This gives some indication of the use now of the Passport as the Cardinal Document.
See the Notices page for more information.

2015-05-15  

Trans Healthcare Worldwide SRS Surgeon Directory
This gives an indication of surgeons here in Australia, who do Top and Bottom Surgery, as well as the World.
See the 'Surgeons in Australia' page for more information.

2015-05-11  

He Thought He Was Being a Good Father but Later Realized He Was Wrong
An excellent article, that gives an indication of the gulf between Parent and Child.
See the 'For Parents of Gender-Variant Young' page for more information.

2015-05-11  

Transforming Gender
This very well done documentary about trans was originally broadcast in February 2015 to half a million viewers in Canada. It is now available worldwide for individual viewing at no cost.
See the Articles page for more information.

2015-05-11  

Ayla Holdom Stonewall Conference Keynote Speaker 2015
This is a wonderful story, with a powerful message.
See the Articles page for more information.

2015-04-29  

How the Transgender Community Went Mainstream
So, Nicole Kidman is not playing the part. Interesting.
See the Articles page for more information.

2015-04-16  

Conchita Wurst and Dana International in Eurovision First
Great to see them together.
See the Articles page for more information.

2015-04-16  

Shake It Off Video Montage: Transgender Acceptance
This is most enjoyable, and well done all who took part.
See the Articles page for more information.

2015-04-15  

Kathy's meeting with Senator Brandis, Commonwealth Attorney General
Hope springs eternal, but I hope that we do not have to wait an eternity for a Gender Recognition Act here in Australia.
See the Notices page for more information.

2015-04-15  

Human Rights Commissioner Video 1: Rights & Responsibilities Consultation Report
Human Rights Commissioner Video 2: Talk at University of Western Australia

These are 2 videos from Tim Wilson, The Human Rights Commissioner concerning Trans* rights. I think you will find them interesting.
See the Articles page for more information.

2015-04-15  

BBC News: The story of two transgender children
More help for the families of Trans* kids.
See the 'For Parents of Gender-Variant Young' page for more information.

2015-04-15  

Transgender journey: 'I sit with teeth gritted, fists clenched and toes curled'
I think this will really give some indication of what to expect when we have sex reassignment surgery. It sure brings back memories.
See the Technical page for more information.

2015-04-15  

Transgender kids: 'Everyone was calling me Sebastian, but I knew I was a girl'
An interesting paper. The numbers quoted in this are the highest I have ever seen. Camille is one of a growing number of children who experience gender dysphoria-the belief that there is a mismatch between their biological sex and their gender identity. It is estimated that between 2% and 5% of the population experience some form of this, although statistical analysis is patchy. There are other interesting numbers quoted as well, which I think will raise eyebrows.
See the 'For Parents of Gender-Variant Young' page for more information.

2015-03-30  

Kathy's correspondence with Attorney-General's Office regarding the Joint NGO Submission
I think this is about as low as Transfolk can be expected to go. Any lower, and we would not exist.
See the Notices page for more information.

2015-03-20  

Article 1: Trans woman launches protest over law that would force her to use men's bathrooms
Article 2: Trans men in women's bathrooms: Get used to it?

It would seem that the World of politics is going mad. They offer us a solution, and then, they want to take it away. This also includes Trans* man Michael C Hughes on the same topic.
See the Articles page for more information.

2015-03-13  

One Plus One Interview: Calpernia Addams
She is an outstanding example to all Transfolk.
See the Articles page for more information.

2015-03-01  

Third part of Kathy's letter to the Attorney-General
I think this is real eye opener, as it appears, until told otherwise, that we are not covered by any Commonwealth legislation.
See the Notices page for more information.

2015-02-17  

The Whittington Family: Ryland's Story
This is the story of a family and a trans* son. There are several other stories as well, concerning Transfolk.
See the Articles page for more information.

2015-02-17  

Second part of Kathy's letter to the Attorney-General
This is the second part to the Open Letter that I sent last week. Believe it or not, this has all come about because I thought it was time to write a history of legislation concerning Transfolk. As you will see, there are many questions for both papers that require answers. I am just amazed, that nothing has been done to qualify these positions and questions in the past. It would appear that we have glibly accepted rules, regulations and whole of government policies, without questioning what cover they afford us, or how we can use Commonwealth directions on some very critical issues. One of these being, access to the UK in order to amend our birth certificate, if born there If it is legislation, then why can't we use it when dealing with the UK in order to amend our UK birth certificate?
See the Notices page for more information.

2015-02-17  

What my transgender son taught me about living without fear
"What my Transgender Son Taught me about Living without Fear" this is the quote by the author. Please read and understand.
See the 'For Parents of Gender-Variant Young' page for more information.

2015-02-17  

Kathy's letter to the Attorney-General: Has there ever been legislation enacted specific for Trans* people?
This is to ask what is the situation concerning Federal legislation with regard to Transfolk born in Australia and Abroad. If it is legislation, then why can't we use it when dealing with the UK in order to amend our UK birth certificate?
See the Notices page for more information.

2015-02-02  

Venezuela: Trans receive medical care in specialized centre
The whole piece is in English, or can be translated to it. We have used Google to translate it into a PDF. There are more areas built into this piece when you open up the full piece. It is very interesting.
See the Articles page for more information.

2015-02-02  

British Army's first transgender officer
Two for the price of one. A Captain and a Private in UK. Again, over exposure is mentioned, as per Cate McGregor.
See the Articles page for more information.

2015-02-02  

Dr Fiona Bisshop GP Brisbane
Please note that Fiona has a new address and phone numbers.
See the Doctors page for more information.

2015-01-26  

The Surgery with Aled and Dr Radha
This is worth listening to, as it outlines several points of real interest.
See the Articles page for more information.

2015-01-26  

Transgender 13-year-old Zoey having therapy
Another interesting account with extra stories at the end.
See the 'For Parents of Gender-Variant Young' page for more information.

2015-01-12  

Trans life: male hormones – the good, the bad and the ugly
Good to see that this has been said, as it is one of the factors that has to be taken into account. At least their voices go down.
See the FtM page for more information.

2015-01-12  

Sex Reassignment Surgery at 74: Medicare Win Opens Door for Transgender Seniors
A very long wait until her change at 74, and paid for by the US Medicare system.
See the Articles page for more information.

2015-01-09  

Stephanie Hirst: 'Now I'm openly transgender, men wolf whistle me'
Another high profile person to come out. I must say that she looks fabulous.
See the Articles page for more information.

2015-01-09  

Brisbane Gender Clinic
This is a most important Clinic for Trans* and Gender Diverse people. Dr Gale is an excellent person to run this clinic. She is also well thought of in our community. www.brisbanegenderclinic.org.au

2014-12-17  

Australian Government's reply regarding difficulties Trans* people have when changing official documents
This is the latest from the Federal Attorney-General's Office to me, in answer to my queries.
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-12-04  

Best Birth Announcement
This is a most unusual, but effective way of getting the message across.
See the 'For Parents of Gender-Variant Young' page for more information.

2014-12-01  

Transgender and transsexual policy launched by The FA
It has taken time to get there, but we have arrived.
See the Sports page for more information.

2014-12-01  

Stephanie Hirst: 'Now I'm openly transgender, men wolf whistle me'
Another high profile person to come out. I must say that she looks fabulous.
See the Articles page for more information.

2014-11-24  

ABC, 4 Corners: Being Me - Isabelle's story
This is of help to raise awareness of the plight of Trans* kids. I hope that it leads to more understanding for all Trans* people.
See the 'For Parents of Gender-Variant Young' page for more information.

2014-11-24  

RightsTalk: My gender journey with Catherine McGregor
I think that Cate is looking very tired. She mentioned "Over Exposure" and I think it is taking a toll on her. It could lead to her imploding and doing her health, no good.
See the Articles page for more information.

2014-11-24  

Calls for rethink on how High Court handles cases involving trans* children, plus related articles
This is a significant step forward in the thinking towards Trans* kids. It is about time that the same thinking was applied to all Trans* people.
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-11-24  

Dedication: Day of Remembrance
I think this speaks for itself. The numbers keep increasing year on year, with no seeming end to it. Perhaps it will eventually cease, but not in my life time, I fear.
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-11-24  

Queensland Consolidated Acts re change of sex and name [Previously 'Rights and Responsibilities']
This is the full paper that I wanted to give at the ANZPATH Adelaide conference. It certainly is a shocker, when first faced by Trans* people seeking to amend documentation.
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-11-10  

Transgender Day of Rememberance
Just a reminder about Transgender Day of Remembrance on the 20 November 2014. Also, some of those who paid the price for being Trans*.
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-11-10  

Rights and Responsibilities [Now updated]
This might explain to new comers, just what they face when trying to amend documentation, and how much of it there is. Use it as a flyer/flow chart, whatever, but get the message out there.
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-11-07  

EPATH Student Initiative!
To my knowledge, this is the third such now.
• Melbourne AMSA
• World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) in the USA
• Europe Professional Association for Transgender Health (EPATH) in Europe

This would indicate that at last, it is thought that education concerning Trans* people should be undertaken by Medical students, as part of the curriculum in their studies.

See the Notices page for more information.

[Additional Note] It is indeed good news...and I can add a fourth...

Back in August Monash medical students did some training here. It was in 3 parts: intro/overview, small groups for case studies and then a panel “Q and A” which for me was awesome.

We had nine people including all of the trans and gender diverse “kaleidoscope”  - one was also a medical intern  - a mum of a trans woman (Lynette McDonald #adoptedmum, driver of Transfamily down here) and a cis ally). Most of all, it was filmed!

- Sally.

2014-10-27  

ABC iview: Reportable With Monique Schafter, Series 1 Ep 1 Transgender
This is an important milestone in the progress of Trans* and Gender Diverse people. Well done Victoria.
See the Articles page for more information.

2014-10-21  

Andreja Pejic makes her first public appearance as a woman in Melbourne
This has been a wonderful story of transition. I wish her well for her future as a model.
See the Articles page for more information.

2014-10-16  

Legislation and Health in Regard to Trans* People
This is the full paper, that I had hoped to give at the conference. I had to scale down 10 papers of about 60,000 words to fit into 10 minutes, and that did not happen.
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-09-29  

Breaking the Silence: Our Military Stories
This is in addition to the recent 'Kristin Former Beck Navy Seal' article.
See the Articles page for more information.

2014-09-25  

Ongoing outcome of the Passport 2011 legislation & the 2013 Guidelines.
This is the ongoing outcome of the Passport 2011 legislation and the 2013 Guidelines. Please read carefully.
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-09-25  

Kathy Noble's Autobiography is Now Available to Download
As my book is out of print, I have decided to place it on my web site at the top of Kathy's Writings. I have been asked by many where to buy a copy, but they are all sold.
See the Kathy's Writings page for more information.

2014-09-18  

Kristin Beck, Former Navy Seal Is A Different Kind Of Transgender Pioneer
They sure are coming out thick and fast. The American Military has over 15,000 serving or in reserve, and 134,000 registered vets as Trans* WOW!
See the Articles page for more information.

2014-09-05  

ANZPATH Conference reported on ABC's 7.30 Report.
This is the piece that was on South Australian ABC 7.30 Report concerning the upcoming ANZPATH Conference in Adelaide in October 2014.
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-08-15  

From the Report on the 2013 Guidlines and a Change of Name and Sex.
The link below will take you to the page that will link to the attachment. I think you will find this of interest.
I would welcome comments on this, as there is so much at stake, where amending our documentation is concerned.
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-08-15  

Gaps on LGBTI Health in Medical Degrees Leave Students Fending for Themselves
I think this really shows the need to fill in huge areas of lack of education given at University about the LGBTI Communities.
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-08-13  

Transgender 13-year-old makes heartfelt plea for acceptance
This is a wonderful and confident young lady, who gives a powerful message about being Trans*.
See the 'For Parents of Gender-Variant Young' page for more information.

2014-07-31  

Androgynous model Andrej Pejic is now a woman
He was too beautiful to stay as a male. That was my feeling when I first saw his photo. Welcome to womanhood.
See the Articles page for more information.

2014-07-31  

Monika Kowalska interviews Kathy Noble
This is what Monika has put together concerning myself. She is doing a fantastic job in getting all of these stories together.
See the Articles page for more information.

2014-07-22  

Video 1: Penny Wong: For Every Homophobe
Video 2: Debi Jackson reading "That's Good Enough"

Both of these articles show the depth of care for people in the LGBTI Communities. The one by Mum concerning her daughter is so true of what has had to be faced. My sincere support goes out to them all, as we know there is still a long road ahead, to total understanding.
See the Articles or 'For Parents of Gender-Variant Young' page for more information.

2014-07-21  

UK - Faqs on the Implementation of the Gender Recognition Provisions of the Marriage Same Sex Couples Act 2013
This is interesting from the UK Gender Recognition Panel concerning Trans* people who stay married after surgery. I have been told by Human rights and Anti-Discrimination that this would/could be the only approach to our problems for Trans* people who remain married. This would mean that we are no longer forced to DIVORCE in order to amend our birth certificate.
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-07-18  

A GUIDE FOR TRANS PEOPLE IN AUSTRALIA RESIDENCY, STATUS AND PASSPORT
These are my thoughts concerning booklets to be put together from Government departments, in order to assist Trans* people amend documentation.
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-07-18  

Legislation Hidden in Clear Sight
This is of vast importance, that it be understood, just what is there in Legislation that can help Trans* people, but is not promoted or broadcast.
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-07-10  

ABC Online: Referrals soar at Australia's clinic for transgender youth as support programs get fresh funding
If this is being done in Victoria, then why is the funding not being extended to the rest of Australia? I know that this has much to do with the push by Trans* groups in Victoria, that are not the same in other states.
See the Articles or Advocacy page for more information.

2014-07-07  

AMA: Transgender Individuals not Required to Undergo Genital Surgery or Forced Sterilization in Order to Change Legal Identification
This appears to be a great step forward by the American Medical Association (AMA). It would be great to see our AMA in Australia making a similar undertaking, and all state and territory governments to follow as well. To my mind it is what is needed here, in order to eliminate much of the Mental harm done when trying to amend documentation.
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-07-02  

The Heroines of My Life Blog (offsite)
This is a wonderful insight into the lives of Trans* Woman and Men. Monika is doing wonders to capture our history in this way, by doing interviews. Read and enjoy
Click here to view the Blog (offsite link)

2014-06-19  

BBC Radio: Paris Lees Ambassador for 'All About Trans'
This gives an idea of the type of questions we are asked. Should they be asked?
See the Articles page for more information.

2014-06-16  

Janet Mock Asks Alicia Menendez to Prove Her Womanhood
This gives an idea of the type of questions we are asked. Should they be asked?
See the Articles page for more information.

2014-06-06  

Girls Right to be a Boy
The numbers appear to be growing exponentially, year on year. It is good that more understanding is coming to the fore.
See the 'For Parents of Gender-Variant Young' page for more information.

2014-06-06  

Laverne Cox for TIME Magazine
This is a great article and gives some ideas of the growing awareness of Trans* people and numbers.
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-05-19  

He's my Barbie Boy
He's my Barbie Boy appeared in the Weekend Australian on the 17/18 May 2014.
See the 'For Parents of Gender-Variant Young' page for more information.

2014-05-19  

This Mom Says What Every Transgender Child Needs to Hear
I think this is awesome for both the daughter and mother as to how they have coped with this situation and come out on top.
See the 'For Parents of Gender-Variant Young' page for more information.

2014-05-16  

Notice: This Website and It's Domain Name are Owned Kathy Anne Noble.
At the top of the home page I have now noted that this website and It's Domain Name are owned opperated by myself, Kathy Anne Noble.

2014-05-16  

Assembling a "Safe" Folder
This will give some idea as to what you can expect from an orchiectomy. There are benefits of having this done, if you have problems with your renal system and Testosterone blockers.
See the Technical page for more information.

2014-05-16  

Interesting Facts in License to be Yourself
This is an interesting report. I have made some comments as to how I see it affecting Australia.
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-05-08  

NZ Human Rights Commission - Trans People Facts
I think this could be of great use to both parents and those questioning their sex/gender.
See the 'For Parents of Gender-Variant Young' page for more information.

2014-05-08  

Sex Change Shock - Bruce Jenner Reportedly Begins His Journey Towards Womanhood
I think the heading of this sex change says it all.
See the Articles page for more information.

2014-05-08  

Jessica joyful about getting her new birth certificate
Let us hope that this is the coming legal situation within all States and Territories. However, they have not done anything for those born abroad to be recognised via a Recognised Details Certificate.
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-05-08  

Invitation to meeting at the Commonwealth Attorney General's Office
This is the letter that preceded the invitation to meet the Director of Policy in Brisbane.
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-05-05  

Differences Between Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual & Trans* People
There is much controversy concerning the many differences between Trans* and Gay and Lesbian. The attached lays out some of them.
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2013-05-05  

Meeting with James Lambie, Director of Policy for the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Office
A very interesting meeting with the Commonwealth Attorney_General's Director of Policy in Brisbane.
See the Notices page for more information.

2013-05-02  

Transgender & Gender nonconforming Students Protected From Discrimination in USA
I wonder how long it will be before this happens here in Australia?
See the Advocacy page or 'For Parents of Gender-Variant Young' page for more information.

2014-04-25  

Norman Spack: How I help transgender teens become who they want to be
This is a truly remarkable video, as for once it explains in terms that all can understand what it means to be Trans*. The photos speak for themselves.
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2014-04-25  

Malta & India Trans* recognised in law
This is great news from two Countries, one very much bigger than the other. We do seem to be moving in the right direction, at last.
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-04-25  

Email to the Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson about making things happen
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-04-08  

Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender - Requirements: Correspondence from Government
Interesting response from the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Office, The fact that my queries have been answered and the part about the ACT and the amendments to the 1997 Act make interesting reading. When will the rest follow?
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-04-04  

Gender ruling: High Court recognises third category of sex
So now, where does that leave the rest of us?
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-04-04  

Australian Medical Students' Association officially adopts the LGBTIQ health policy
I will also send it to the WPATH President, who I have opened a dialogue with, concerning this very issue. That being, the lack of teaching, on going learning and acceptance of all things Trans*. Again, thank you for making this statement as a way forward for understanding the Trans* condition more. This is a huge step forward.
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-03-13  

COMPLAINT—DISCUSSION—RESOLUTION: CENTRELINK
This was a situation that was going to happen between Centrelink and Trans* people in order to be resolved. I think that it has, for the benefit for all involved. Anyone who receives poor customer service like this can then lodge a complaint here:
https://secure.centrelink.gov.au/sims/frm_comment.cfm

See the Notices page for more information.

2014-03-24  

My eight-year-old daughter just wants to be a boy
This is another example of the fact that many kids realise that their mind and body does not match.
See the Articles page for more information.

2014-03-24  

Secrecy, heartbreak and women's clothes: Inside The Seahorse Society
This from SBS on the oldest cross dressing society in Australia is really mind blowing.
See the Articles page for more information.

2014-03-13  

Interview with Clifton Cortez, UNDP. Transgender Community Participation at WPATH Symposium
The endorsements from the Prime Minister, do they really give hope for the rest of the Trans* community?
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-03-12  

Lieutenant Colonel Cate McGregor - Australian Story, ABC
The endorsements from the Prime Minister, do they really give hope for the rest of the Trans* community?
See the Articles page for more information.

2014-03-06  

Births, Deaths and Marriages Legislative Review
Can it be that at last we are going to have some good news?
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-03-06  

A nun's secret ministry brings hope to the transgender community
I think this has great relevance where Trans* people are denied the right to follow their Faith.
See the Articles page for more information.

2014-03-06  

Piers Morgan, sex work and feminism: transgender activist Janet Mock unloads
This one article opens up to many more that could give insight into Trans* problems.
See the Articles page for more information.

2014-02-13  

The Commission's work on promoting and protecting the rights of Trans* women
This gives the full box and dice on what the AHRC has been doing.
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-02-13  

The TRANSSEXUAL PHENOMENON - Harry Benjamin, M.D.
This gives an insight into Harry Benjamin and his work on Transsexualism.
See the Technical page for more information.

2014-01-30  

A Plea for Understanding
This is the plea sent to WPATH and the response from the President. I do hope that something concrete will come from this.
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-01-30  

SENATE COMMITTEE REPORT. Sex and Age Discrimination Legislation Amendment Bill 2010
This is so convaluted, is it any wonder that Trans* people just give up on amending documentation. I find it frightening that we are expected to understand both gobbledy gook and cock ups that are supposed to be helping us.
See the Notices page for more information.

2014-01-30  

The Other Side of the Coin - Changes Since 2000
This is a report on what I am being told is happening within the Trans* community, and the way that it is being, or not being accepted by the professionals
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2014-01-16  

Coming Trend Within The TRANS* Community Including Doubts & Regrets
This has caused a stir within the Trans* community and WPATH
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2014-01-09  

Goodbye Alan, Hello Helen
This is the piece concerning Alan Finch that was in Woman's Day in December 1989. Makes very interesting reading, after what was said in Women's Weekly in the Cate McGregor piece.
See the Articles page for more information.

2014-01-09  

Cate McGregor: A secret kept for 50 years
This is a really indepth account from Cate, and has more details in it than the previous ones.
See the Articles page for more information.

2013-12-19  

Shut the Fox Up! - Transgender Law Centre
There are some interesting comments here from both sides. Cis gender and Trans*. You may not agree with either, but we have to understand both sides of this equation.
See the Articles page for more information.

2013-12-18  

SAGITTARIUS NOV 23-DEC 21 MY STARS
Being a Sagittarian what follows covers my feelings exactly. The problem lies in the facts that very few do offer any form of support. I am finding more support from abroad and professionals, than in the Trans* community.
See the Notices page for more information.

2013-12-16  

Claiming Rebates from Medicare
These are the numbers that we can claim rebates from Medicare. If you have Private health insurance, then you can claim the gap against these numbers as well. Also be aware that if in Private health, they may cover the cost of bed and theatre. There is only one number available for the Anaesthetist, as the second one is dependent on the length of time anaesthetised. I have not quoted any numbers.

This only applies to sex affirmation surgery carried out in Australia. If working, then you could claim a rebate from the ATO. Please discuss this with an accpuntant.
See the Notices page for more information.

2013-12-12  

Transgender Day of Rememberance
Could we use this here in the same way? I have always thought that our recognition if remaining married would be linked to the same sex marriage. Of course, this is reliant on if and when the same sex marriage comes into being in Australia.
See the Notices page for more information.

2013-12-12  

Tribute to Carmen Rupes
This will give many insight into what this amazing woman did for the Trans* community in both New Zealand and Australia. There is much to learn about perseverance in this article.
See the Articles page for more information.

2013-11-21  

Report on Trans Law and Health. The Systemic Challenges Facing Australia in the 21st Century
This is the full report that we have been working on since March this year. There are still questions unanswered, but we cannot wait any longer.

It is formatted so that you can select a section or a page.

Please take time to read this, as we make no apologies for the length of the report, due to the number of times that we had to ask questions, in order to receive understandable answers. Hence the many emails contained in this report. We have endeavoured to cover all known aspects of problems concerning Trans* people born in Australia and abroad.
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2013-11-21  

Transgender Day of Rememberance
I have tried to convey my feelings on this matter as I see it and how I know it affects many of us.
See the Notices page for more information.

2013-11-18  

World Map of Trans Murders in 2012
Please remember the 20 November Trans* day of rememberance. I find the map a visual reminder of just how many of us do suffer in the World, and this is just murders. Glad to see, that there were none in Australia or New Zealand.
See the Notices page for more information.

2013-11-14  

Updating your personal details on a Medicare Card for Trans* people
This sets out exactly what are the requirements for Trans* people, in order to amend their Medicare cards. I have finally got them to add extra details for us to their page, Updating your personal details on a Medicare Card.
See the Notices page for more information.

2013-11-13  

- BBC: This pink and blue thing is nonsense
- Countries Expand Recognition For Alternative 'Intersex' Gender
This is still to be proven, especially in Australia, as some of the comments are wrong. We do not offer other than an M or an F in the sex marker on birth certificates here.
See the Articles page for more information.

2013-10-31  

It's easier to change a body than to change a mind: The extraordinary life and lonely death of Roberta Cowell
This is the end of a wonderful woman who led the way for many Trans* people to come, me included. She was ahead of her time and before April Ashley and Christine Jorgensen.
See the Articles page for more information.

2013-10-11  

addictionlibrary.org link has been added to Changeling Apspects
This can be of use to those wanting answers to the problem of addiction
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2013-10-11  

Correspondence with the Attorney General's Office October 2013
I believe that we have to take strong action, if we are to be helped in any way by government. There is too much that is not understood by all governments, where Trans* people are concerned.
See the Notices page.

2013-10-10  

Transsexual, 44, elects to die by euthanasia after botched sex-change operation
This is a very sad story and one that needs to be read with care. Is this a World first for the Trans* community?
See the Articles page for more information.

2013-10-10  

Officer Lt Col Cate McGregor newspaper article
I think she is under a lot of pressure, and lost it. Perhaps they will realise because of this, just how much pressure all Trans* people are under from some people in the community. I think some of these red necks need counselling too.
See the Notices page.

2013-10-01  

Dr Morris D. Bersin added to our list of Psychiatrists
This is a point for assessment for those in the Gold Coast area of Queensland and Northern NSW.
See the Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Counsellors page for more information.

2013-09-19  

SBS interview Transgender: 7 year old school girl Maddi
This is the interesting SBS program that aired on the 17 September 2013.
See the Advocacy page or 'For Parents of Gender-Variant Young' page for more information.

2013-09-19  

State school review makes life easier for transgender pupils
If this can be accomplished for the Trans* school children, then why cannot something be done to alleviate the physical and mental well being of older Trans* people?
See the Advocacy page or 'For Parents of Gender-Variant Young' page for more information.

2013-09-06  

Air Force Diversity Handbook Transitioning Gender in the Air Force
If this is indicative of what can be done for the ADF, then why are the rest of us being left to fend for ourselves?
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2013-08-29  

Suicide in WA
In light of the new "Guidelines" I find this suicide to be a lack of knowledge by the Mediacl fraternity, that being if the "Guidelines" even apply to them.
See the Notices page.

2013-08-29  

Aussie Sex-Change Toddler
This is yet another child who is now being supported by parents and family in her quest to be recognised in her true gender.
See the 'For Parents of Gender-Variant Young' page for more information.

2013-08-20  

CA Governor Brown Signs Historic Transgender Students Bill into Law
This again only serves to prove just how far behind we are in our care of the young Trans* people in our schools in Australia.
See the 'For Parents of Gender-Variant Young' page for more information.

2013-08-20  

Highlighting the Child Rights Australia website
This is something that should be read, as it basically does nothing for Trans Children or Parents.
See the 'For Parents of Gender-Variant Young' page for more information.

2013-08-20  

Highlighting the True Colours website
This link is of great importance for parents of gender querying young. It is by an eminent lawyer acting in this field, who is also a Trans* woman.
See the 'For Parents of Gender-Variant Young' page for more information.

2013-08-05  

Landmark ruling in hormone treatment case
This is significant, as it will have a bearing on all in the Trans* community.
See the 'For Parents of Gender-Variant Young' page for more information.

2013-08-05  

New federal protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status
This is significant, as it will have a bearing on all in the Trans* community.
See the Notices page.

2013-07-26  

New Notices page added to our website
We have amended the 'Kathy's Komments' page by moving the long articles to a new page, named NOTICES. This should make it much easier to read the latest items of interest in Kathy's Komments.
See the Notices page.

2013-07-26  

New National Guidelines on the Recognition of Gender - Kathy's recommended amendments
When you read my amendments to the Guidelines on the recognition of sex and gender, then you will understand just what we have not achieved.
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2013-07-26  

RHO Gender Independant Kids Brochures
These are great brochures from Canada that could prove of use to parents with gender variant young.
See the 'Parents of Gender Variant Children' page for more information.

2013-07-22  

The Many Shades of 'Out'
This lady is an inspiration to all Trans* people.
See the Articles page for more information.

2013-07-11  

ABC One Plus One Interview: Lieutenant Colonel Cate McGregor
This is a wonderful, moving and instructional interview. I think many in the Trans* community can benefit from it.
See the Articles page for more information.

2013-07-11  

Kathy's email correspondence with AG's office redarding ammendments that needed to be made to the National Guidelines on the Regognition of Gender
The hyper-link contained in Elena's correspondence shows the amended Attorney-General's Media Release. It now reads "Commonwealth" so that it is made plain that this Bill does not cover States/Territories.
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2013-07-08  

Recognising the needs of gendervariant children and their parents
If you require this article in full, please contact Elizabeth on elizabethriley@peoplesmart.net.au , as this is copy righted and needs her OK to view the full text.
See the 'Parents of Gender Variant Children' page for more information.

2013-07-04  

The New York Times: Our Notions of Gender
This is interesting due to the many responses from other who are Trans* or deal with us.
See the 'Parents of Gender Variant Children' page for more information.

2013-06-21  

Transgender Student Suit Goes to Maine High Court
This is a very intersting case that awaits its final decision.
See the Articles page or the'Parents of Gender Variant Children' page for more information.

2013-06-21  

Letter to Attorney-General regarding New National Guidelines on the Recognition of Gender vs State Guidelines
This is the direct outcome of the review concerning 'Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender, July 2013.
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2013-06-21  

If the RAF can accept my gender transition, why can't the media?
This is a wonderful story that Ayla wrote herself, and it shows.
See the Articles page for more information.

2013-05-30  

LGBTI Ageing and Age Care Strategy
This is the LGBTI Ageing and Age Care Strategy from the Department of Health and Ageing.
See the Brochures & PDF's page for more information.

2013-05-28  

Ireland's Gender Recognition Act 2013
Ireland, congratulations to long time campaigner Lydia Foy whose efforts have been noted from afar from many years. If we could get Lydia's dentist's drill we might possibly use it on a few politicians here to speed up reforms .
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2013-05-24  

Swedish Riksdag removed the requirement of being sterile in order to change your legal gender maker
This is another step forward for Trans* people. Something that we would hope to happen here in Australia in the very near future
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2013-05-24  

CA Legislators Stand Up For Transgender Students
This is a must to watch. It is full of support and passion and understanding of Trans* people of all ages.
See the 'Parents of Gender Variant Children' page or theAdvocacy page for more information.

2013-05-16  

Mother's fight for transgender child who was born a boy to live as a girl - Sunday Mail
This really speaks for itself and really shows just how difficult it is for family and schools to come to terms with the situation.
See the 'Parents of Gender Variant Children' page for more information.

2013-05-10  

The Commission on the Status of Women
This is exactly what I feared. It appears that even in the 21st Century, we are not to be recognised as part of humanity.
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2013-05-10  

Human Rights International Violence Agreement, a Milestone
This is exactly what I feared. It appears that even in the 21st Century, we are not to be recognised as part of humanity.
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2013-05-09  

Problems for Trans People in Australia and Born Abroad - UK The History of Case By Case Basis (Part 3)
This is still a problem for those of us born in the UK. I have submiitted details requested by the UK Justice Department concerning our situation, born in UK and residing in Australia.
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2013-05-09  

Problems for Trans People in Australia and Born Abroad (Part 2)
This is the second part of the paper. There will be more to follow hopefully.
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2013-05-09  

Problems for Trans People in Australia and Born Abroad (Part 1)
'Fabulous article. Looking forward to the next one' - Gavi Ansara, Health Policy Officer, National LGBTI Health Alliance
Watch this space for 2 and 3 in the series.
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2013-04-29  

When your child is different. Including Articles from The Gaurdian UK: 'I've Been an Outcast at School' & 'School is Not the Real World'.
A very moving and interesting story about a young person showing their true feelings.
See the 'For parents of gender variant young' page for more information.

2013-04-19  

Analysis: Trans suicide and the way the media reports the trans community
This leaves a lot to be desired as it is to be 3 years to full implementation of these changes, when the Immigration department could not even get them working in 16 months.
See the Technical page for more information.

2013-04-11  

Implementation for the Draft of Recognition of Sex and Gender
This leaves a lot to be desired as it is to be 3 years to full implementation of these changes, when the Immigration department could not even get them working in 16 months.
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2013-04-11  

Statutory Declaration and Offshore Gender Reassignment Surgery
This is of significance, as many are going off shore for surgery. The reasons for the acceptance of off shore letters and Statutory Declarations are listed in the link below.
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2013-04-05  

Submission to concerning the Draft Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender
This is very important that it is understood that these Draft Guidelines only apply to the Commonwealth Government and their Departments and Agencies. It has no bearing on States and Territories what so ever.
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2013-04-05  

Transgender Law Center Outraged by Discriminatory Arizona Bill
Let's hope that this never comes to pass here in Australia. Just how much more are these dogooders going to impose on us?
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2013-03-15  

Queen to sign new charter backing gay rights
This means that we have another surgeon who can perform Trans* surgery in Australia. Mr Ives works with Mr Ceber in Melbourne.
See the Articles page for more information.

2013-03-08  

Dr Andew Ives
This means that we have another surgeon who can perform Trans* surgery in Australia. Mr Ives works with Mr Ceber in Melbourne.
See the Surgeons in Australia page for more information.

2013-02-25  

Does This Bode Well for the Trans* Community?
This is to test the waters where the Australian Coalition is concerned. Also a great piece about Cate McGregor.
See the Articles page for more information.

2013-02-25  

UK's "first transgender presenter"
Interesting articles in this piece, as you open other areas listed
See the Articles page for more information.

2013-02-21  

Australian Passport Office Sex & Gender Diverse Passport Applicants
This is the complete way of applying for an amended or new passport for Trans* people. They talk about changing your sex on your citizenship certificate, there is no sex mentioned on the certificate, but it is noted by the department for citizenship. Passport now require, the Registration number from the Medical Board of Australia (or equivalent overseas authority)The Provider number is no longer to be used Australia and else where in the World.
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2013-01-22 -Changing Sex/Gender Identity
                     Passport Info
                     This should be of interest to Kiwis living in
                     Australia and else where in the World.

                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2013-01-22 -Laws, Onus, Proof
                     This is to give some idea of just how convoluted the
                     laws are concerning Trans* people. The case on
                     review has ended well for the young lady, with her
                     receiving her own Citizenship Certificate.

                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2013-01-16 -Trans Law & Health
                     We are now a PRIORITY GROUP, soon to be a
                     PROTECTED ATTRIBUTE. So when are we to be
                     HERITAGE LISTED, as we have been around since
                     mankind began?

                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2013-01-16 -Letter to Queensland AG
                     There appears to be nothing new to report here, as the
                     intransigence continues. Please read and make up
                     your own mind as to whether they are being obtuse,
                     as well as intransigent.

                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-12-14 -April Ashley: MBE for
                     transgender campaigner.
                     April Ashley is to receive her MBE medal for services
                     to transgender equality & will be honoured during the
                     Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony. Roberta
                     Cowell who was the first to undergo re-assignment
                     surgery, claimed to be Intersex & regarded us
                     Transsexual people as freaks. So I'm glad they gave
                     the MBE to April (the 2nd Britain to undergo a
                     sex-change) instead.

                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-12-14 -Video: My Authentic Life
                     This says it all for me.
                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-12-14 -To the Attorney General: Consolidation
                     of anti-discrimination laws.
                     This is a very important area of concern to all
                     Trans* people. I attended two meetings with a
                     member of the AHRC & also a meeting with QLD
                     Anti-Discrimination. I was disgusted that I was
                     the only person from the LGBTI community to
                     attend. If we are to have change, then we must
                     apply ourselves to the task at hand.

                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-12-06 -Diverse sex and gender health
                     report launched at Parliament.
                     We have waited a long time for this to happen,
                     perhaps now we will be listened to. A special
                     thanks to the Parliamentary friendship committee
                     for their support

                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-12-06 -Christine Jorgensen: 60 years
                     of sex change ops.
                     The research concerning Lili Elbe led to the help
                     for many thousands of Trans* women that was
                     really put into practice due to Christine Jorgensen
                     & Roberta Cowell. I have both of their books & they
                     certainly make for interesting reading
.
                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-12-06 -Senator Louise Pratt & Her
                     Transgender Partner Arum
                     As I know this couple well, I wish them every good
                     wish for their future. I also hope that something
                     comes out of this for the Trans* community.

                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-11-23 -Transgender Day of Remeberance:
                     National Catholic Reporter &
                     Trans Law Centre.
                     We can only hope that time will acually help people
                     to understand us more. These are two very
                     significant pieces to help our cause
.
                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-11-23 -Transgender Day of Remeberance
                     This is our day of remembrance for all who have
                     suffered, for being Transsexual. There are too
                     many people who are not willing to understand us,
                     so have to eradicate us.

                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-11-23 -Aged homes must open doors to
                     people who are gay or transgender.
                     I just hope that this will be taken into account.
                     by all forms of age care facilities.

                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-11-23 -Army officer changes gender
                     There definitely are more coming out, and it is great
                     to see that some are very high profile. I hope that
                     this helps the rest of us
.
                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-11-19 -Fear
                     This is a very significant part of life for Trans*
                     people, that is much under estimated by governments

                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-11-19 -Born This Way - ABC Radio
                     This is very interesting and should be read
                     and listened to by all Trans* people.

                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-11-19 -Gender Trender website
                     This is an interesting site based in London &
                     would give very useful entrée to there & the World

                     
See the Best Info Websites page for more.

2012-11-16 -What Obama's Reelection Means
                     This really speaks for itself, but sorry to say,
                     this is not happening in Australia. Shame
.
                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-11-12 -Australian Government Guidelines
                     on the Recognition of Gender
                     I have spoken with Peter Thomson, who has told me
                     that a draft will be forthcoming in the near future.
                     This is part of the A Draft Australian Government
                     Principle & Guidelines on the Recognition of Gender.
                     This is in collaboration with the Department of
                     immigration & Citizenship (DIAC)

                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-11-12 -Brad's response to Kathy's
                     PODSOCS interview
                     Well at least it didn't put Brad to sleep.
                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-11-05 -16 year old girl becomes the youngest
                     in the world to have transgender surgery
                     A wonderful story of determination from a very
                     wonderful young lady

                     
See the Parents of Gender-Variant Young
                     page for more information.

2012-10-26 - Lana Wachowski's Human Rights
                     Campaign Visibility Award Speech
                     What a wonderful way of making it known, that being
                     Trans* is perfectly acceptable to wife, family and
                     friends, but most of all to the World at large.

                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-10-26 -The Transgender Archives
                     The Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria
                     holds the world's largest collection of archival material
                     related to modern transgender activism and research.

                     
See the Technical page for more information.

2012-10-22 - Latest update : National LGBTI
                     Aged Care Strategy
                     It is only too evident that there is still very much work to
                     do to convince people in Government that there are huge
                     differences between Trans* and Gay, as you will read in
                     this criticism of the Draft paper.

                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-10-19 - Queensland Transgender, Sistergirl, &
                      Gender Diverse Conference followup
                     This is an interesting report to add to what is
                     already here. I think that it outlines much of
                     what is needed to be done.

                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-10-19 -Kathy's interview on Podsocs
                     I gave this podcast recently and it is now open
                     for all to listen.

                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-10-19 -Podsocs
                     This is a very interesting site and covers many areas
                     of interest, that are not just Trans* related.

                     
Visit the Podsocs website

2012-10-15 -ABC iView - My Transexual Summer
                     I feel this will be of interest to not just Trans* people,
                     but the wider community to show what makes us tick.

                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-10-12 -Welcome Neighbour - Encouraging
                     Equality of Treatment For All
                     I have been told that this a useful resource by our
                     federal health department.

                     
See Brochures/PDFs page for more information.

2012-10-12 -National LGBTI Aged Care Strategy
                     I hope that this will engender some worthwhile responses
                     from all governments in Australia. We are sorely in need
                     of them, as most are in 'Sex Files' from 2009.

                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-09-27 -Born Free & Equal
                     This is a very important booklet from the United
                     Nations concerning LGBTI people.

                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-09-25 -Stay Safe While You Date: Sex Education
                     This is a very important area of concern, and I thank
                     the people who sent it to me.

                     
See the Technical page for more information.

2012-09-20 -Transgender Applicants - NZ Dept of
                     Internal Affairs.
                     This is important news for Kiwis living in Australia
                     on how to amend their passport and other documentation.

                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-09-07 -Trans* issues from the perspective of a
                     Trans* nurse.
                     This is an important work, as it places a different
                     approach to Trans* issues from the perspective of
                     a Trans* nurse.

                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-09-07 -Transgender, Sistagirls and Gender Diverse
                     conference in Cairns.
                     Well done Queensland for taking the lead. We hope
                     there will be many more to come, Nationally.

                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-09-07 -ABC Radio - Trans* Sistagirl and gender
                     diverse conference.
                     This is a radio report on the first Trans* Sistagirl and
                     gender diverse conference in Queensland. It is a first
                     in Australia, so the hope is that it is the first of many.

                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-08-20 -American Psychiatric Society Release
                     16 august 2012
                     Is this the beginning of a new approach to DSM-V
                     and for Trans people in general?

                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-08-20 -What's So Bad About a Boy Who Wants
                     to Wear a Dress?
                     This is an interesting piece and does talk of many
                     of the problems that are encountered by both the
                     parents and children.

                     
See the Parents of Gender-Variant Young
                     page for more information.

2012-08-10 -Numbers - Updated from 19th July
                     I have up dated this from July. As you will see, the
                     numbers are increasing rapidly and the split between
                     male and female Trans people is levelling.

                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-08-09 -GLBTI & growing age care considerations
                     This is a resource for all to use with regard to helping
                     staff and residents of care facilities and retirement
                     villages to understand us. The Federal Health department
                    
for ageing, thinks it is a great resource with items that
                     they had not considered
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-08-09 -Trans Athlete Breaking Barriers
                     This is a demonstration of guts and courage. There are
                     also other areas that can be opened that are of interest.

                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-07-30 -National Health alliance DSG Roundtable
                     Participants Report.
                     This is all about the formation of the first National
                     Trans group in Australia.

                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-07-25 -Serbia Becomes a Hub for Sex-Change Surgery
                     Another Country that is recognising Trans issues and surgery.
                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-07-25 -My Secret Self: A Story of Transgender Children
                     Yet more details concerning the young Trans people coming out. Interesting
                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-07-25 -Full-length documentary film called 'TRANS'
                     This is a most powerful documentary film on being Trans.
                     I am trying to find out how to order copies.

                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-07-19 -National LGBTI Health Alliance Sex and Gender
                     Diverse round Table.
                     This was well received by the QLD Communities Minister.
                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-07-19 -Numbers - Health Department needs to consider
                     If this is true, then we are no longer a MINORITY.
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-07-06 -Argentina president hands out new ID cards to
                     transgender individuals
                     What marvellous news from Argentina. When are we
                     to get the same recognition in Australia?

                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-07-06 -Zoe Belle Gender Centre
                     This is the new organisation based in Melbourne for
                     all Trans people.

                     
Click here to visit the website (offsite link)

2012-07-03 -A sorry state of affairs for Trans people in Australia
                     There are far too many laws which lead to anomolies and
                     too much to understand. We need user friendly legislation,
                    
and only one law to cover the whole of Australia.
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-07-02 -Australia's first national DSG Health Roundtable
                     This is a very important step in fetching all Diverse
                     Aspirations to follow soon Sex and Gender (DSG)
                     together, in order to put our needs and problems to
                     Government.

                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-06-28 -Sex-change in Israel: Gender trap
                     Unbeleivable what happens to some Trans people
                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-06-22 -First Briton to have a sex change operation?
                     Unfortunately the heading is wrong. She was
                     not the first. That honour goes to Roberta
                     Cowell in 1952. She was a World War two
                     fighter pilot amongst other things. Her story
                     is "Roberta Cowell's Story".

                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-06-22 -Health Care for Intersex, Transsexual,
                     Transgender and Gender Diverse Australians
                     This is a must read, so that you understand
                      just what is happening in government where
                     Trans and Intersex people are concerned
.
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-06-18 -Ontario extends Human Rights Code to protect
                     transgendered people
                     When oh when are we in Australia to get the
                      same recognition?

                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-06-07 -Medicare Coverage & Gender Reassignment Surgery
                     This is a great article from WA concerning Gender
                     Re-Assignment Surgery and Medicare cover
.
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-06-07 -DTCC Offers Employees New Transgender
                     Health Benefits.
                     In light of the fact that there is no funding for
                     Trans people in Australia, perhaps it would be

                     a step forward if Private health offered cover
                     for Transprocedures.
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-06-01 -S/He, from New York
                     This is an excellent article from New York.
                     
See the Parents of Gender Varient Children page
                     for more information.

2012-05-21 -Hormone therapy sufficient for legal change of sex
                     This is a good outcome for WA and follows on
                     from the fact that she changed her documents in
                     
the UK, where she was born. We also can do this
                     in QLD on a "Case by Case Basis" as it is THE
                     male reproductive organ
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-05-21 -Lost in Transition: Human Rights & HIV
                     This belies the myth, that it is only MSM (Men
                     having Sex with Men) that have HIV to contend
                     
with. We know that it exists among Trans people,
                     but there is no research or funding for us.
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-05-21 -Depression & Anxiety
                     This is a very important area of concern for
                     us in the Trans community.
                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-05-11 -Trans Letters to Canberra
                     This is the letter that Shelley Argent OAM has
                     taken to Canberra to present to Government.
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-05-11 -Advancing Transgender equality a plan for action
                     This is an important consideration for us in the
                     Trans community.
                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-05-11 -Letters to and from the QLD Health Minister
                     Lets see what the new Minister does for the
                     Trans community.
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-05-11 -Mark Thomas re amending UK documentation
                     I have tried vainly since 2004 to have the UK
                     details of our State and Territory laws corrected.
                     They are abysmal.
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-05-11 -Five Years Post-Op
                     This is something that I personally queried,
                     and now, this from Anne Vitale Ph.D.
                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-05-11 -Gender Reassignment Surgery Radio Interview
                     This is the radio interview that was done on
                     Saturday the 14 April 2012 between Jessica,
                     Kathy and an extra by Krissy from ATSAQ
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-04-16 -Shared Care Guideline for Gender Dysphoria in
                     Transwomen - Male to Female Transsexuals
                     This is a must read for not just clinicians, but
                     Trans women too.
                     
See the Technical page for more information.

2012-04-16 -Surgery or Death
                     Totally unbelievable that in this day and age
                     we have resort to begging for alms or donations.
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-04-16 -Argentinian Gender Law
                     This is a complete eye opener, especially Article
                     11 concerning medical plans.
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-04-11 -Transsexual Truckie Hails Decision for Girl's
                     Sex Change.
                     Another courageous person who has fought being
                     Transsexual for so long.
                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-04-11 -Problems For Government Health Departments &
                     The AMA: DIY Gender re-assignment surgery.
                     Please read this carefully, as it graphically states
                     what many Trans people attempt, the highest form
                     of self harm. That is to attempt self sex re-assignment
                     surgery, regardless of the cost. The cost being the big
                     factor, due to lack of government support and being
                     expected to pay for surgery and all other items to do
                     with transitioning.
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-04-11 -Attempted DIY Gender reassignment surgery
                     The letters and images at attempted self sex
                     re-assignment surgery that follow concerning
                     Jessica are a sad indictment on the way Trans
                     people are treated in Australia.
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-03-22 -Increasing Support for Transgender Rights in the U.S.
                     feel that it is about time we came to realise the
                     need for such an approach in Australia.
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-03-22 -Warning: Check implants since 1998
                     This is a timely warning to all Trans women who
                     have had, or are considering breast augmentation.
                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-03-15 -No Sterilisation or Divorce Required in Sweden
                     At last there is movement that we here in
                     Australia need to follow.
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-03-15 -Change of Sex on Birth Certificate Made Easier
                     I was aware of this from WPATH, and can only
                     ask when will it happen in Australia? We are
                     allowed to amend our passport without surgery,
                     so why not our birth certificate as well?
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-03-08 -Trans women not recognised.
                     I do hope that those who read this will understand
                     the hurt that is caused when yet again Trans women
                     are not recognised as an integral part of Australian
                     society.
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-03-05 -Turn the tide on violence and discrimination on
                     basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
                     This all started in 2008 and we are still awaiting an
                     outcome that achieves something concrete for the
                     Trans community.
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-03-01 -British children given puberty suppressing drugs
                     This is a highly controversial subject. It makes one
                     wonder as there are so many coming out in all age
                     ranges and across both FtM and MtF.
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-03-01 -Pinnacle Foundation ScholarAnnouncement
                     This is an excellent idea and with the support of
                     Justice Kirby and Kerryn Phelps is great to see.
                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2012-02-16 -These are the people who since 2010 have been
                     working for the GLBT Community.
                    
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-02-13 -Canada: Trans woman detained under US flight rules
                     How will this affect us if travelling to Canada or
                     the US on our "Non Surgery Passport?"
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-02-13 -A guide to working with Lesbian, Gay,
                     Bisexual, Transgender & Intersex communities
                     This is the outcome of over a years work with the
                     Round Table. There is much of interest when you
                     enter the web site. Please read what is there, as we
                     hope that it will benefit all in the LGBTI community.
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-02-09 -Good to see some positive movements from the
                     Communities Department.
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-02-09 -True Colours Website
                     This is an important site for parents young people
                     questioning there gender/sex. It also gives access
                    to parents already in this group.
                    
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-02-02 -This is my submission to the Consolidation of
                     Commonwealth Anti-Discrimination Laws--Discussion.
                    Paper.
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2012-01-27 -Bridget & Tammy Clinch Interview on ABC Radio
                     This could be of immeasurable use to both Trans
                     people and Wives
.
                     See the Articles page for more information.

2012-01-18 -Girl Interrupted article & responses
                     This is a very brave thing to do, and some
                     of the replies acknowledge that fact
.
                     See the Articles page for more information.

2012-01-18 -Dad's a Woman Now But I Still Love Him
                     This is a very brave thing to do, and some
                     of the replies acknowledge that fact
.
                     See the Articles page for more information.

2012-01-10 -Quality of Life and Sexual Health after SRS
                     This is of more importance for Trans men.
                     See the FtM page for more information.

2012-01-10 -What to do when a transgender man needs his pap smear?
                     this is important for Trans men to understand
                     See the FtM page for more information.

2012-01-10 -Transgender Europe: Press Release 23 December, 2011
                     mapping of legal & health care situation in 58 countries
                     This is an important piece of work, with the Australian
                     answers to come later due to our State & Territory situation.

                     See the Advocacy page for more information.

2011-12-16 -National Human Rights Action Plan 2011
                     whether this will ever come to pass, now that we have
                     a change of Federal Attorney-General is a mute point.

                     See the Advocacy page for more information.

2011-12-09 -US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses UN
                     about transgender human rights
                     This is something that we here in Australia are
                     badly in need of.

                     See the Advocacy page for more information.

2011-12-09 -Questions & answers regarding passports &
                     gender diverse applicants
                     This is another extra that has now been verified

                     See the Advocacy page for more information.

2011-12-01 -Passports & gender diverse applicants
                     This really does lay everything out, so there can be no
                    
confusion.
                     See the Advocacy page for more information.

2011-11-25 - At Google, a Transgender "Gold Standard"
                     Something that needs to be looked at in Australia.
                     Currently we have no help with Trans related health care.

                     See the Advocacy page for more information.

2011-11-13 - To Be Who I Am - Human Rights Commission Newsletter
                     There are some interesting articles in this issue
                     concerning Schools, Trans Health and Trans
                     rememberance day
.
                     See the Advocacy page for more information.

2011-11-10 - Better recognition for transgender people under the law
                     I leave this to you to determine if we are making headway

                     See the Advocacy page for more information.

2011-11-10 - Applying for a passport under the new regulations
                     This is what you need to do and can expect when you
                     go to the Post Shop to apply for a passport under the
                     
new regulations.
                     See the Advocacy page for more information.

2011-11-04 - Mesothelioma Prognosis - Website
                     This is a very important area of concern due to the
                     prevalence and awareness of this condition.
                     
See the Additional Links page for more information.

2011-11-03 - DES Exposure Australia & Westerly Windina's Story
                     This is an enormous subject & one that needs answers to
                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2011-10-24 - Transgender Judge - "This is why I do what I do"
                      This is a wonderful story, that we need to hear more of.
                      See the Advocacy page for more information.

2011-10-07 - Historic High Court decision.
                      First the passport and now this. It would appear that
                      our problems are at last being listened to with good
                      outcomes. Now for staying married after surgery.

                      See the Advocacy page for more information.

2011-10-06 - Please look at Additional Links to find
                     'The Transgender Resource Guide' at the Date Hookup website

2011-09-28 - A readers review & response to Kathy's NEW Book.
                     
See the New Book page for more information.

2011-09-20 - Getting a passport made easier for sex and gender
                     diverse people.
                     Good to see that the Passport Office is now in line
                     with Immigration and Citizenship, as they both
                     recognise 'Non Surgery' We now need more from
                     the other government areas.
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2011-09-19 - Mother of boy who returned to school in a skirt
                     bravely tells her extraordinary story.
                     I think this is a beaut story and the support from
                     the parents is fantastic. Shame that there are
                    
those who show their ignorance in such bad ways
                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2011-09-19 - We thought John had retired, but he is still there for us
                     
See the Psychiatrists, Psychologists page for more information.

2011-09-09 - Lack of Knowledge
                     I think this speaks for itself where all are concerned,
                     who are supposed to help Trans people.
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2011-09-09 - Legislators and legislation
                     Again, there is much that needs attention in order to
                     fetch the Trans community in from the cold.
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2011-09-09 - ARC UN Human Rights Council Correspondence
                     I find this totally unbelievable that there are so many
                     problems that are not even being addressed.
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2011-08-26 - Understanding Transitioning Gender in the Workplace
                     I think this is an excellent outline for Trans people facing
                     Transitioning at work.
                     
See the Articles page for more information.

2011-08-15 - Law versus the Trans community (DFAT)
                     this is a very interesting outcome from the Passport Office,
                     so please read about it, especially the review  asked for by
                     Mr Rudd.
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2011-08-11 - A Passport Identifies Who a Person is
                     At last we are to have a review of passports for Trans people
                     on the instructions of Kevin Rudd MP and Foreing Minister
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2011-08-11 - This is a new group in Western Sydney that will offer support
                     to the Trans community.
                    
See the Support Goups page for more information.

2011-07-29 - Wives, Spouses & Partners
                     For too long they have never been recognised for the support
                     they give to their Trans partner. Government has never even
                     thought about their plight and even created them as part of a
                     "Same Sex Couple"
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2011-07-14 - Passports Application for UK passport
                     Nice to find out about this
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2011-07-06 - Just how much more are we to discover that affects us on
                     review of legislation. Far from our lives becoming easier,
                     government seems hell bent on making it worse.
                     
See the Advocacy page for more information.

2011-06-08- Drug 'DES' Caution & information. More information on the
                    
 Articles page or 'For Parents or Gender-Varient young' page.

2011-06-06- Great news, and it is all free! Cubas first transsexual gets surgery
                    
 To view this information please go to the Articles page.

2011-05-09 - This is a very important website for all Trans people...
                     To view the site please click this link or click on the logo in
                    
 the left column of this page titled 'Pacific Center for Sex & Society'.

2011-05-06 - Addressing sexual orientation and sex and/or gender identity
                     discrimination. See the Advocacy page for more information.
                     This is of significant interest to all in the Trans community,
                     please read carefully.

2011-05-06 - Youngest Australian to have sex change therapy at age 10.
                     See Parents of Gender-Variant Young page for more.

                     This is another very important step in the recognition of young
                     Trans people and Puberty blockers.

2011-05-06 - The Star Observer interviews Kathy about her new book.
                     Visit the 'New Book' page for a link to listen to the interview.

2011-04-20 - ABC Radio interviews Kathy about her new book.
                     Visit the 'New Book' page for a link to listen to the interview.

2011-04-14 - UK Government Equalities Office - Transgender e-Bulletin
                     See the Advocacy page for more information.
                     Why oh why can't we have similar in Australia and NZ?

2011-04-08 - Anomolies Concerning Laws in Australia in regard to Trans
                     People's Rights and Discrimination. See Advocacy page for more.
                     We have a situation where details were not sent to the Senate
                     Committee from the Federal Attorney-General's Office, which
                     have had a huge impact on the outcome of this. It means that
                     
we are still discriminated at State and Territory levels, if
                     
remaining married after surgery. No change of birth certificate
                     allowed.

2011-04-04 - New anti-homophobic bullying video from Ireland.
                      View it on the Articles page.

2011-04-04 - WPATH: Eliminate requirements for identity recognition that
                     require surgical procedures. See the Advocacy page for more.
                     As a member of WPATH, I can release this as requested by them.

2011-03-31 - Proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Registry.
                     See the Advocacy page for more.
                     Please take note of this, as it isa very important change.

2011-03-25 - Review of Government collection of sex gender information.
                     See Advocacy for more. I suppose this is a start. I hope that
                     we as stakeholders will be consulted as well.

2011-03-25 - State Legislation Query. See Advocacy for more.
                     If this is true, it is unbelievable that the AHRC cannot intervene
                     in State legislation.

2011-03-25 - Email from Human Rights Commisioner. See Advocacy for more.
                     This outlines some much needed answers, but more needed.

2011-03-21 - WA Appeal denies transsexuals gender change. See Advocacy page.
                     This really was a foregone conclusion. Until all Governments in
                     Australia determine what constitutes reproductive organs, this
                     situation will continue. All legislation states 'The alteration or
                     removal of all reproductive organs, but do not specify what they
                     consider them to be' Ask any doctor, and they will explain what
                     are and are not reproductive organs help the Trans community
                     to send details of problems to.

2011-03-16 - These are all items of interest. See Articles page for more.
                      'QLD Trans Woman Makes a Difference', 'Insuring Transition'
                     
& '...Here Come the Ladyboys'.

2011-03-16 - SADLA BILL. See Advocacy for more.
                     This has dimayed us all, for as usual, nothing has been done to
                     help the Trans community to send details of problems to.

2011-03-16 - "My core identity is NON-GENDERED", by Christie Ellan-Cane
                     This is an important area of concern now, please take time to
                      look at the web site on the left hand column of Home Page or
                      on the Advocacy page.

2011-02-24 - True Colours website is a new addition to our list of Support Groups.
                     Specially for Australian families with young trans people.
                     See the Advocacy & Support Groups pages for more information.

2011-02-22 - Letter from the Federal A-G. See Advocacy for more.
                     Please note the Emain address to apply to be listed and also
                     to send details of problems to.

2011-02-21 - I am overcome by this, as it recognises me as female at last in
                     Queensland.
This is one honour that I did not think would materialise.
                     See the Articles page for more information.

2011-02-14 - Endocrine Treatment of Transsexual Persons
                     See the Technical page. This is really a must to read.

2011-01-31 - Well worth listening & reading about this area of Trans people
                     from ABC Radio. See the Technical page for more.

2011-01-31 - Kathy's submissions added to the legal and constitutional affairs site
                     (update). See Advocacy for more.

2011-01-31 -Legislation, Discrimination & a Page from Kathy's Book
                     See the Advocacy page for more information.
                     I think this takes the biscuit, as they want to have abet each way

2011-01-31 -Germany's Bundesverfassungsgericht declares sterilisation unconstitutional
                     See the Advocacy page for more information.
                     Another move in Germany that will surely have World wide repercussions.

2011-01-18 -Transgender Activist Karina Samala Honored with WeHo’s
                     ‘Keeper of the Dream’ Award. See Articles page for more.
                      A truly remarkable woman, who deserves this honour.

2011-01-11 - Latest links. See Parents of Gender-Variant Young page.
                      There is plenty of interest here, as it opens up to many other sites.

2011-01-11 - Working with Transexual Patients. See the Advocacy page.
                      It is about time that this was discussed in depth. I hope that it is the start
                      of something good people and one of the Trans women she has helped.

2011-01-11 - Transgender support in the UK. See the Articles page.
                      This is a wonderful story about a beautician in the UK helping Trans
                      people and one of the Trans women she has helped.

2011-01-04 - Delaying puberty could help gender confused teens. See Articles page<