Understanding the Intersex Community

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Intersex people are born with a variety of differences in their sex traits and reproductive anatomy. According to experts, upper estimates are that nearly 2% of the general population is born with intersex traits (more than the entire population of Japan!). There is a wide variety of difference among intersex variations, including differences in genitalia, chromosomes, gonads, internal sex organs, hormone production, hormone response, and/or secondary sex traits.

This resource was produced in collaboration with InterACT, an organization that uses innovative strategies to advocate for the human rights of children born with intersex traits.

Learn more at the Human Rights Campaign here

Coming Out in Families

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Coming out will be a different experience for different people. Some young people will have struggled with their sexuality or gender identity, and may find it difficult to tell friends and family. Others may find it liberating to be able to express themselves freely. But whatever the situation, coming out to a parent, sibling or other family member can be extremely stressful.

Learn more at Beyond Blue here

Parent Support Options – Working It Out

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Need someone to talk to in relation to a family member’s diverse gender, sex or sexuality (see below for people 18 or under)? Trying to work out what it all means? Wanting to learn more about how you can support a loved one?

Free, confidential support sessions are available to learn more and to talk through concerns and issues.

Sessions available in Burnie, Hobart and Launceston or by phone, online video or other methods by negotiation.

Learn more here

Understanding Sexuality

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The teenage years are a time when many young people start to discover their sexuality. Sexuality includes feelings and attraction on all different levels – not just who you have sex with. While this is a common part of teenage life, it can also be a confusing time for young people and their families. Find out more about the concepts of sexuality that your child might be dealing with, how to support them during this time, and how to recognise any signs that they may need your support.

Learn more at ReachOut.com

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