New ‘Trans @ School’ resource

 LGBTI Legal Service, Legal Aid Queensland and the Queensland Human Rights Commission, in consultation with the Queensland Children’s Gender Service, 2020

This resource has been developed in consultation with the Queensland Children’s Gender Service, young people, parents and educators.
School is an important part of life for children and young people. Schools not only have an ethical duty, but a legal responsibility to provide a safe and supportive environment that protects all students, including trans and gender diverse students. As such, schools need to know how to support trans or gender diverse students, and understand that each will have specific needs.
This guide is for trans and gender diverse students, and aims to help them navigate the complex issues that can arise at school.

Trans @ Work: a guide for trans employees, their employers, and colleagues

Queensland Human Rights Commission, 2019

This information is for trans and gender diverse employees, their employers, managers and colleagues who are seeking guidance on issues associated with transitioning at work.

The guidelines suggest ways to:

  • work together the achieve a successful transition in the workplace;
  • address pre-employment issues; and
  • provide ongoing support to trans employees.

Why is a trans inclusive workplace important?

For the employee:

  • staying in employment;
  • maintaining self-respect;
  • having financial security.

For the employer:

  • improving staff satisfaction and retention through modern, inclusive workplace policies;
  • enhancing public image of the organisation;
  • reaching new client groups;
  • improving teamwork and increasing productivity;
  • complying with state and federal discrimination legislation

The document also contains some real-life stories.

Free legal resources for young trans & gender diverse people

Justice Connect, 2019

Justice Connect have released a suite of free legal resources for young trans & gender diverse people and their families. These are available state by state to make it easier to understand the different legalities between each state and territory.

Breaking Down LGBTIQ Discrimination Takes Time

By Dr Niki Vincent, the Commissioner for Equal Opportunity in South Australia, in The Conversation

Some of the recent changes to our state legislation will deliver the kind of equality so many people have longed for — but many have not lived to see. These include ways to make it easier for trans and gender diverse people to change their registered gender on documentation, including birth certificates (with their rights to privacy being maintained), and the full legal recognition of relationships regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity — including the right to access IVF and adoption.

While changing legal structures like these is a huge leap forward, it’s just the beginning of breaking down a history of discrimination and injustice for LGBTIQ people. What needs to follow now is a profound change in community attitudes that should see LGBTIQ people readily accepted across all areas of society, without fear of discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.

Inquiry into the Sexual Reassignment Repeal Bill 2014 (S.A.)

Parliament of South Australia: Legislative Review Committee, 13 April 2016

On Tuesday 12 April 2016, the Report of the Legislative Review Committee into
the Sexual Reassignment Repeal Bill 2014 was tabled in Parliament.

The referral to investigate the Bill was brought in the Legislative Council in late 2014 by the
Hon. Tammy Franks MLC. The report recommends the passage of the Sexual
Reassignment Repeal Bill to repeal the Sexual Reassignment Act 1988 (SA) (the
‘SRA’).

Presiding member of the Committee, Gerry Kandelaars, said that the report recognises a particular need for law reform to improve the health outcomes experienced by the ‘gender diverse’ (meaning gender questioning, queer, androgynous, non-binary, transgender, or transsexual) community in South Australia.

Read more – download press release (PDF) MEDIA RELEASE – LEGISLATIVE REVIEW COMMITTEE – INQUIRY INTO THE SEXUAL REASSIGNMENT REPEAL BILL 2014

Study finds that risk of suicide in transgender community may be reduced by changing policy and societal factors

HealthCanal, 9/6/2015

Researchers have determined that policy and societal changes may prevent  thousands of transgender adults in Ontario from attempting or seriously considering suicide.

  • Read more of the press release here
  • Read the academic paper here