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By Damien Riggs, Flinders University For any person needing medical care, informed consent is vital. Yet for transgender people, informed consent may be hindered by how medical professionals share information. This is especially the case in the context of reproductive health, where speaking about reproductive materials is often highly gendered. Both the World Professional Association …

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Allowing transgender young people to use their chosen names significantly reduces their risk of depression and suicide, according to a new study by the University of Texas. Researchers interviewed 129 US transgender young people aged 15 to 21, asking if they were able to use their chosen names when at school, home, work, and with …

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Australian children with gender dysphoria will no longer require court approval to undergo surgery if they have parental and doctors’ permission, in a landmark ruling by the Family Court of Australia. The Family Court made the ruling in the case of a 16-year-old boy, known under the pseudonym Matthew, who sought the court’s consent to …

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Brisbane’s Open Doors Youth Service has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Suncorp’s Community Giving Program. Open Doors’ Jelly Beans program was started in 2010 and is a social support group designed for transgender, gender variant and gender queer young people, aged under 24. General Manager Pam Barker said Open Doors was very grateful to …

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A transgender student in the US has won an $800,000 settlement from his former school district over “humiliating” transphobic discrimination he suffered while at school. Ashton Whitaker (pictured, right), who is now in college, identified as male while at school in Wisconsin and filed the lawsuit in 2016 after staff continually referred to him as …

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The Family Court of Australia has delivered a landmark ruling that allows young people with gender dysphoria to undergo hormone treatment without court approval. Australia was the only country in the world that required transgender youth to face court to get approval for their “stage two” hormone treatment, a process with a waiting period of …

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Australia’s postal survey on same-sex marriage is “not an acceptable decision-making method”, the United Nations Human Rights Committee has said. In a report, the committee recommended Australia urgently legislate for same-sex marriage regardless of what result is announced next week. “The Committee is concerned about the explicit ban on same-sex marriage in the Marriage Act …

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Trans youth campaigner Georgie Stone has been named the 2018 Victorian Young Australian of the Year. She made history when, at 10 years old, she became the youngest person in Australia to be granted permission by the courts to take hormone blockers, and has since become a tireless advocate for other transgender young people. Georgie’s …

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