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PBS to remove common testosterone hormone replacement therapy

PBS to remove common testosterone hormone replacement therapy

The Department of Health, through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), has announced that from February 1st they will no longer subsidise Primoteston Depot, the most common form of medical transition available for transgender men and non-binary people assigned female at birth. “Primoteston Depot (testosterone enantate 250 mg injection) will be deleted from the Pharmaceutical Benefits […]

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David Leyonhjelm worried about marriage debate descending into litigation

David Leyonhjelm worried about marriage debate descending into litigation

Liberal Democrat member Senator David Leyonhjelm is worried that following the change to the marriage laws gay activists will target conservative businesses and drag them through court. While proponents of ‘traditional marriage’ will target new businesses trying to exclusively cater the the LGBTI market. Writing in Fairfax Media the federal representative said he was disappointed […]

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Ryan Murphy on coming out and his new queer ballroom series Pose

Ryan Murphy on coming out and his new queer ballroom series Pose

TV super-creator Ryan Murphy has kicked off the hype over his latest series Pose, which will focus on the queer ballroom scene of 1980s New York. The show will make history for its inclusive casting, featuring the largest number of trans and gender diverse actors in the main cast. MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Hailie Sahar, Angelica […]

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Jackson Bird on how to talk (and listen) to transgender people

Jackson Bird on how to talk (and listen) to transgender people

Jackson Bird is a transgender rights activist who uses digital storytelling to help educate people about what it’s like to be transgender. He recently gave a TED talk. In his funny, frank talk, he clears up a few misconceptions about pronouns, transitioning, bathrooms and more. “Being trans is awkward,” he says. “And not just because […]

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What will the new marriage law mean for our community?

What will the new marriage law mean for our community?

  I’ve been out as lesbian since I was 18 and an advocate for many people in situations where they were not able to do so themselves. Several months ago, anticipating changes to the Marriage Act, I started to think about the necessity of having nurturing, understanding service providers who could provide for us from […]

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Local queer poet Jesse Oliver wins Australian Poetry Slam

Local queer poet Jesse Oliver wins Australian Poetry Slam

Slam poetry is the competitive art of performance poetry. You could also say it’s the competitive art of being brave and authentic with yourself, of having the audacity to get up on a stage and allow an audience to judge your words, your poem. After all, there is certain amount courage required in revealing the […]

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Trans advocates seek info on discrimination in homelessness support

Trans advocates seek info on discrimination in homelessness support

Local trans and gender diverse advocates are seeking participants for a survey which identifies discrimination in the homelessness sector due to religious exemptions. Perth’s Kai Schweizer is circulating a survey to gather information to determine what steps need to be taken to improve housing support for trans and gender diverse people in need. If you […]

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Family Court: Trans teens no longer need court approval for treatment

Family Court: Trans teens no longer need court approval for treatment

The Full Court of the Family Court have ruled that young Australians seeking treatment for gender affirmation will no longer have to receive court authorisation to move forward. Following continued criticism from health experts and trans activists, young people will now be able to have hormone treatment prescribed by their doctor in accordance with the […]

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WA government announces funding boost to LGBTI Health

WA government announces funding boost to LGBTI Health

The Western Australian government has announced it will be providing $120,000 for the development of a LGBTI health strategy. Co-ordinated through the Department of Health, the strategy will provide a framework to raise awareness of the specific health and mental health challenges of LGBTI people. The funding will be used to engage relevant stakeholders and […]

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Marriage bill passes the senate without amendments

Marriage bill passes the senate without amendments

Senator Dean Smith’s marriage bill has been passed without any of the proposed amendments being accepted. The bill passed the senate with 43 senators voting in favour and 12 voting against. Cheers of celebration echoed around the chamber as the result was announced. As the bill was read for the final time, Senator Smith said […]

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