FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Premier’s announcement of his Government’s intent to implement measures for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) communities in Victoria if re-elected in 2010 fails to adequately address the needs or concerns of Victoria’s gender diverse community (that is, transgender, transsexual and other gender diverse people in Victoria).
TransGender Victoria (TGV) spokesperson Sally Goldner said today:
“Not one measure specific to the gender diverse community is included in the Premier’s announcement. We are very disappointed that the Premier has not shown any willingness to specifically address the needs of some of the most disadvantaged members of the Victorian community.”
TGV and Zoe Belle Gender Centre (ZBGC) also have significant concerns about the lack of gender diverse-youth or intersex-specific measures in the Premier’s announcement.
TGV and ZBGC therefore call upon the Premier to immediately:
- consult with the Victorian sex and gender diverse community about its needs and aspirations; and
- commit to working with ZBGC and establishing and funding a community driven and controlled Gender Centre in Melbourne to improve the physical and psychological welfare and rates of social inclusion of sex and gender diverse people.
Currently being established, the Zoe Belle Gender Centre will be a centre to support and improve the health and wellbeing of Victoria’s sex and gender diverse population. ZBGC currently has an online presence at www.gendercentre.com.
Sex and gender diverse people in Australia have reported experiencing widespread disadvantage and discrimination in their daily lives. The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society’s 2007 Tranznation report revealed that of the 253 transgender participants:
- 87.4% had experienced at least one incident of stigma or discrimination on the basis of their gender identity
- 50% reported verbal abuse, social exclusion and the spread of defamatory rumours • 33.33% had been threatened with or were victims of violence.
It has also been estimated that:
- the suicide rate for sex and gender diverse individuals (particularly transgender people) is around 125 times that of the general Australian population.