Our History

The need to establish a gender centre in Victoria has been informally discussed within the local transgender community for decades. In discussing our history, we acknowledge the work of those before us who have attempted to establish a gender centre for Victoria.

In July 2007, a group of people met to discuss the possibility of establishing a Melbourne-based centre to support and improve the health and wellbeing of Victoria’s sex and gender diverse population. After further meetings, this working group held a community consultation in October 2007. Consisting of a public meeting and an online survey, the consultation collected valuable information to guide the group’s work.

On 15 January 2008, a member of the working group, Zoe Belle, passed away. In tribute to Zoe Belle and her activism, the proposed gender centre became known as the Zoe Belle Gender Centre (ZBGC), with the working group known as the Zoe Belle Gender Centre Working Group.

In May 2008, {also} – a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer community organisation – offered to provide some facilities for ZBGC’s operations. Now ZBGC is based online where we are continuing to work towards the goal of establishing a gender centre for Victoria.

[Note: You can read more about ZBGC and its history at the Wikipedia entry on ZBGC.]