Tasmania Police sends message of Support to LGBTI Tasmanians

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This message of support for Tasmania’s LGBTI community was delivered by the Tasmanian Commissioner of Police Darren Hine via social media yesterday, August 21st, 2017. Working It Out Inc also encourage everyone who experiences or witnesses bullying, discrimination or harassment to report it. While it’s not always possible or desired to follow up specific incidents, it provides a statistical record of the number of incidences happening, as well as the time and location, which is all very valuable information and can lead to increased protections in the future if needed.

 

Tasmania Police

Tasmania Police promotes respect, equality and inclusion of all members of our community.

We recognise that attention and debate around the upcoming vote on same sex marriage may cause some LGBTI people to be feeling vulnerable.

We work closely with the LGBTI community and want to reassure LGBTI people that Tasmania Police officers are committed to supporting them if they need our assistance.

We encourage all members of the community to maintain respectful behaviour.

Tasmania Police recognises that LGBTI people can be reluctant to come forward to seek help. We have trained LGBTI liaison officers to provide advice and assistance. They can be contacted via the Police Assistance Line 131 444.

LGBTI people who experience bullying, discrimination or harassment can also report it to Equal Opportunity Tasmania (the office of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner) on 1300 305 062 or through the Equal Opportunity Tasmania website at www.equalopportunity.tas.gov.au/home

Darren Hine
Commissioner of Police

The Gender Centre

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The Gender Centre, NSW

The Gender Centre offers a wide range of services to transgender and gender diverse people, their partners, families and friends in New South Wales. It includes links to current news items related to issues around gender diversity, and a range of fact sheets. They also publish the quarterly magazine Polare, and have an archive containing articles from all past issues. The resources published by the Gender Centre are also relevant to people outside of New South Wales.

 

Monash Gender Clinic

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Monash Gender Dysphoria Clinic (http://www.monashhealth.org/page/gender_dysophoria)

This website provides a summary of the services provided by the Monash Gender Dysphoria Clinic based in Melbourne. It also provides a clear description of what is meant by ‘gender dysphoria’.

About The Clinic

“The Gender Dysphoria Clinic is part of the Monash Health network, in Melbourne, Victoria Australia. It also has links with the Monash University Department of Psychological Medicine. The clinic is the only government-funded clinic of its kind in Australia, and it also receives referrals from neighbouring States. The clinic aims to provide an assessment and treatment service for patients experiencing Gender Dysphoria.
The clinic’s primary client-base are those patients who have a strong and persistent wish to live as their non-birth-assigned gender, as well as a desire to make their body as congruent as possible with their affirmed gender. The clinic assesses patients and, where appropriate, assists them with the “transition process” from one gender to another, often through various gender reassignment steps including psychotherapy, hormone therapy and surgery.
The clinic has several permanent part-time staff members, as well as several clinical associates. All clinical staff, including associates, meet regularly in order to evaluate the progress of patients.
Procedures within the clinic are consistent with the Standards of Care guidelines published by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health and endorsed by ANZPATH (Australian and New Zealand Professional Association for Transgender Health – www.anzpath.org).”

Transcend

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Transcend

Transcend is an online information hub for parents and families of transgender children. It was founded by parents who felt clear and concise information would help others access appropriate support for their transgender children. Has a range of information including legal, articles, books, news and family stories.

 

Guidelines for Supporting Sexual and Gender Diversity in Schools and Colleges

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Guidelines for Supporting Sexual and Gender Diversity in Schools and Colleges, produced by the Tasmanian Government Department of Education, provides guidelines for Tasmanian schools to enable them to be inclusive of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex students, families and staff. The guidelines include information regarding legislation, research, providing a supportive school culture, and how schools will be measured on their improvement.

Visit the website: Tasmanian Government Department of Education

Download the Guidelines for Supporting Sexual and Gender Diversity in Schools and Colleges [PDF]

 

Growing Up Queer

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Growing Up Queer was a national research study released in 2014 looking into the issues facing young Australians who are gender variant and sexuality diverse. It demonstrates the need for greater community education, training of educators, doctors and health professionals about the health and wellbeing issues facing young Australians who are gender variant and sexuality diverse.

Visit Growing Up Queer

Download Growing Up Queer research report (2014) [PDF]

 

Sexuality Is Not A Choice

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The ‘Sexuality is Not a Choice’ booklet is written with the intention of assisting parents, families and friends to gain more understanding of concerns and fears many parents experience when a loved one discloses their sexuality. The booklet is produced by PLFAG Brisbane who also provide a range of booklets and resources with different focuses.

Download ‘Sexuality is not a choice’ booklet

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