transgender prison forum

A forum to be held this Friday in Brisbane will look at the medical needs of transgender inmates in local prisons.

The Transgenders in Prison seminar will be held at the Kurilpa Hall in Musgrave Park, South Brisbane Jan 22nd 2016 from 6-9pm with speakers from the Prisoner’s Legal Service, the Anti-Discrimination Commission and Sisters Inside.

Dr Wendell Rosevear, a prominent Queensland doctor and LGBTI advocate, will also speak at the event.

He called on Queensland Corrective Services to end the ban on transgender people commencing gender dysphoria treatment in prison.

“To maintain the ban is discriminatory, not consistent with community or medical standards and damages individuals,” Dr Rosevear said.

“It does not make society safer to continue the ban. All inmates deserve the same standard of medical care that one expects in the community.”


Panel line up:

MC – Miranda Sparks

Miranda Sparks is a transgender activist and entertainer from Brisbane, Australia. When not writing a million and one articles she’s appearing as a host on 4ZZZ’s intersectional feminism show, Megaherzzz.

Max Mackenzie:

Max is an accredited mental health social worker and clinician who has worked in numerous settings for over a decade. Max is a man of transgendered history and is an activist and commentator as well as the proud foster parent of a young transgender woman with lived prison experience.

Matilda Alexander:
Matilda is the principal lawyer for the LGBTI Legal Service and has coordinated Prisoners Legal Service from 2007-2014. She is currently working at the Anti Discrimination Commission and will be speaking about the legal situation for transgender people in prison.

Terri is a transgender person with lived prison experience. Terri is a graduate of the School of Hard Knocks

Dr. Wendell Rosevear:
Dr. Rosevear co-founded the Gay & Lesbian Health Services in Brisbane in 1990. He has worked in prisons from 1975 to 2005 and in HIV/AIDS since 1985 before we had anti-virals. He has supported many members of the Transgender and Intersex community while incarcerated and post-release.

Cate McGregor

& more TBA

DJ sets by Busty Beatz!

6:00pm Doors open

6:15pm Welcome to Country – Aunty Dawn Daylight

6:30pm Panel Discussion

9:00pm Shorts & film

This event also aims to build a long term letter writing campaign to trans people on the inside after this event.

Email to become involved.

There will be stalls from a variety of orgnaisations including Wendybird, Sisters Inside, Anti-Discrimination Commission QLD, Respect, the LGBTI Legal Service & Open Doors

When: 22nd Jan 2016
Time: 6pm – 10pm
Where: Kurilpa Hall, West End

This is an alcohol free event, soft drinks will be available for purchase

Wheelchair accessible. Please msg one of the admins of this facebook group if you have any accessibility needs.

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