Support group for transgender Australians established

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  • Trans Health Australia had moved from simply a Facebook-based information and news group to a national organization that advocates for transgender equality in Australia.
  • Created in 2012, its founders include Melody Moore, journalist Jesse Jones, researcher Lisa Mullin, editor Zoey Campbell, faith advocate Jo Inkpin, lawyer Phineas Hartson, and musician Jamie Page.
  • The group had currently pushed for the abolition of laws that compel transgender people to undergo divorce, access to testosterone for transgender men on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), and protection on the country’s anti-discrimination laws.

A new advocacy group that will provide support and assistance for transgender individuals living in Australia had been established according to the latest transgender news  by Q News posted on April 16.

Trans Health Australia had moved from simply a Facebook-based information and news group to a national organization that advocates for transgender equality in the country.

National platform

Founded in 2012 by Melody Moore, journalist Jesse Jones, researcher Lisa Mullin, editor Zoey Campbell, faith advocate Jo Inkpin, lawyer Phineas Hartson, and musician Jamie Page, the group was created to campaign and to serve a national platform for the rights of transgender and non-binary individuals across the country.

On its website, the group’s purpose is to focus on social justice, human rights and healthcare services for trans and gender-diverse Australians by speaking to stakeholders such as the government, business and society.

In addition, its goal was to ensure that the members of the transgender community would be able to move forward, to provide holistic peer support, and provide referral information to healthcare providers through regional peer support groups on their Facebook page.

With its beginnings on social media, the group has already started campaigning for key national issues that confront members of gender-diverse communities.

It had currently pushed for the abolition of laws that compel transgender people to undergo divorce, access to testosterone for transgender men on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), and protection on the country’s anti-discrimination laws.

Moore said in an interview, “Trans Health Australia will be there to campaign for rights, services, inclusion and justice for our community.”

“We hope to provide a dynamic Australia-wide organisation which will speak effectively for trans people in regional Australia,” Campbell explained. “Trans Health Australia is proud of the diversity of the Australian trans and gender diverse communities.”

Representation

Representing transgender people living in Australia including regional and rural areas, Trans Health Asia aimed to become a community that would speak on behalf of its members regardless where they reside, raise their visibility and educate the public their issues and struggles.

“There has been so much unnecessary harm and hurt inflicted on trans and gender diverse people,” Inkpin stated. “Now is the time for us to come together and work purposely and in partnership for effective healing.”

Currently, the organization would be forming a national advisory committee that would advise the organization on key areas of initiatives and programs.

The committee would be composed of experts and community activists that would assist in shaping policies, campaigns of the organization, and support the work of the group.

Present members of the committee were physicians, social work academics, parents and family activists, members of the indigenous community, and other professionals and advocates.

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