Families like mine is a guide for parents and families of young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, gender diverse or who are questioning their sexuality or gender identity.
Your child, friend, family member or loved one may have recently shared with you that they are attracted to people of the same sex or that they feel the gender assigned to them at birth doesn’t fit with who they are. They are not alone, around 11 per cent of Australians identify this way.
Intersex Peer Support Australia is an intersex peer support, information and advocacy group for people born with variations in sex characteristics and their families.
This website may be helpful to you if you have a new baby, or if you’re planning a pregnancy, or you’ve recently discovered that your child has an intersex variation.
The Tasmanian Gender Service (TGS) is for children and young people (Up to 18 years), and their families, who are experiencing gender related issues. It is a specialised service which offers help for families living in Tasmania. They also work closely with the Gender Service at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and link in with other specialist gender services across Australia.
Minus18 have provided some advice on what to do if you want to start binding your chest, or if you’re doing so already and need some guidance.
It is recommended you talk to a health professional before you start binding.
Sometimes it’s hard to know where to go to get helpful, credible information about mental health for trans or gender diverse young people. Telethon Kids Institute has set up a list of helpful resources.
Justice Connect has provided a resource for trans and gender diverse young people and their families to understand how to update their gender status on formal documents in Tasmania.
This fact sheet answers some common questions trans and gender diverse young people, and their families, have about self-identification on formal documents.
Choices around self-identification should be respected. By reading this resource you will get a better understanding of the options in Tasmania.
Twenty10 incorporating GLCS NSW works with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse, intersex, questioning, queer, asexual and more, LGBTIQA+ people and others of diverse genders and sexualities, their families and communities.
They have a “gender diversity crash course” available through their website, for folks who have trans people in their lives.