Transgender community celebrates ATSAQ Christmas party

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The Australian Transgender Support Association Queensland (ATSAQ) capped off a stellar 2015 at their annual Christmas lunch over the weekend.

Held at the Sportsman Hotel, QNews was proud to be the event’s media sponsor. The event sold out well before the date. Local politicians Vicki Howard and Grace Grace both attended to show their support.

Each year the day serves as a fabulous social get together for Queensland’s transgender community. ATSAQ organise a family-style Christmas that not all members of the transgender community are able to enjoy on 25 December.

While spirits were high during the day’s festivities, the room also took time out for a moment’s silence to pay respect for the countless transgender lives needlessly lost to violence and suicide.


The Australian Transgender Support Association of QLD Incorporated (ATSAQ) helps, advises and assists the transgender community in Queensland. Run by transgenders for transgenders, it provides emotional and moral support for people with Gender Dysphoria, and also their families and friends.

ATSAQ also works to dispel misunderstandings and combat discrimination. Unfortunately, transgender people still commonly experience discrimination in Australian society. Additionally, ATSAQ liaises with government to assist in better policy practices. The organisation is a confidential, non-profit, non-government-funded organization, relying on donations and membership for financial support.

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