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Are you coming to the protest?

Last month we talked about why the draft Religious Freedom Bills are bad news. The bills package will roll back existing anti-discrimination law, erode years of work in areas including abortion access, anti-racism, queer and disability rights, and work against antisemitism and Islamophobia, and enshrine a right under law for people to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against queer people.

It is clear that these bills must be stopped. At a time when so many members of our community are particularly at risk from things like rising transphobia, antisemitism, Islamophobia, and racism, we cannot afford to become more vulnerable. We cannot lose our rights. 

It has been speculated that if Labor stood against the bills, the Morrison government would be forced to redraft them. We urge you to write to your federal members of parliament. We also urge you, if you are able, to attend the next #KillTheBills protest. Click the link below for more details.
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What We Wrote

Trans Wrestler Candy Lee Showed Me That Wrestling Can Include Trans People
"Seeing another trans person in a sport that I love and work in has given me so much hope and inspiration. It showed me that it’s possible to be out as trans and be safe and respected in the wrestling industry. In the past I’ve been scared of my physical and emotional safety in wrestling environments as a trans person, but better representation of trans people in sports has made me feel safe to be myself."

Bisexuality is Not Transphobic
Ygender volunteer and non-binary bi advocate Kochava clears up some misconceptions about bisexuality and gender diversity.

Trans themed Crossword
Reuben has made a crossword for newsletter subscribers! Download it in PDF or Word format and enjoy!
 
Events

Our Events
All of our events are free, do not require registration, and are wheelchair accessible. We have gender-neutral accessible toilets, and a quiet space available. Our events are not fragrance free, but we ask attendees to avoid wearing strong scents if possible

Sunday 6th Oct, 2-4pm - Board Games Day!
This happens on the first Sunday of every month, and is a great time! Board games!!!!

This event will be AUSLAN interpreted.

Wednesday 23rd Oct, 6-8pm - Halloween Movie Day: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Gather round, friends, because it's time to kick back and get a little spooky with other trans & gender diverse young people and their allies. Join us for a chilled out movie day watching The Nightmare Before Christmas!

Sun 29 Oct, 6-7pm - #TransChat: Activism
Monthly twitter chat. Share your thoughts and read other people’s! Our October topic will be Activism. Click the link above for a list of questions and details about how the chat works. You can also check out previous chats here!

Sunday 2nd November, 2-4pm - Board Games Day
This happens on the first Sunday of every month, and is a great time! Board games!!!!
 
 
Ygender will also be at PAX in the Diversity Lounge! Come and see us on 11-13th October. The Lounge is open from 10am-8pm on the Friday and Saturday, and 10am-6pm on the Sunday.
 

Other Events

Thursday 3rd & 17th & 31st October, 5.30pm - Queer international student classes
Free, registration required, wheelchair-accessible, snacks provided, prayer room available. Limited spaces - RSVP via the (private) Facebook signup or message inVisible.

"Come to The Drum's reoccurring Queer English Practice Workshop for 2019!

In these workshops, we will practice and improve our English together using group activities with a fun approach. They can range from social topics, legal working advice, visiting places and group study sessions.

Queer international classes are open for all LGBTQIA+ individuals and allies, especially international students and migrants."

Saturday 5 October 6.30-9pm - Reservoir Leisure Centre TGD Community Night
$, no registration required.
“RLC is a one-level, accessible venue with reserved disabled parking at the front of the centre. There are three individual all gender, accessible change spaces in the pool hall and four accessible change rooms. We have recently installed a pool hoist which can be used for all aquatic spaces, excluding the spa.”

"On Saturday October 5 and Saturday November 9 we will again be extending opening hours for members of the trans and gender diverse community to enjoy our facility. So if that’s you, come along, get some exercise or just hang out and socialise and in a safe and supportive environment!

This event is intended for TGD people of all ages, and friends, partners and families are welcome."

Thursday 31 October 7-10pm - Tilde Program Launch
Free, registration. Wheelchair accessible.

tilde is Melbourne’s only trans and gender diverse film festival. “tilde's 2019 Program is being unveiled at Hares & Hyenas and we're very excited to invite you to join in the launch of this year's festival. After many long hours of curating this year's lineup of films and the aesthetic for the festival, tilde is proud to share what's in store for the beginning of Summer!”
What We're Talking About

My Gender is Mind Your Business
“My privacy matters more to me than being seen 'correctly' in a space inhospitable to empathy, where nonbinary people are already subject to abuse and violence on a daily basis.”

My Queer Chinese Comrades, in My Mother Tongue
“The word for father, here. The word for nephew, the word for sister-in-law, the word for your mother’s third-oldest brother. The words for lover, a pair of lovebirds, a husband’s husband, a wife’s wife. The words you’ve forgotten, in a language you can only recall in blurry shapes, where everything has a structure, and a place, and a name.”

As the private lives of trans people are dragged into public debate, it’s time for facts
Content warning: mention sexual violence/coercion.
“Never before has a study this size been conducted by so many members of the trans and gender-diverse community, and the results of that level of involvement are clear, not only in the number of participants but in the generosity of information and stories entrusted to us.”

Gender Isn’t Binary, and Neither is Anatomy
This is a comic. It is not image described. Content warning: nonconsensual surgery, intersexism.
“It’s time we accepted intersex bodies and stop forcing unnecessary surgeries on kids to fit them into our conception of gender.”

How My Community Showed Me I Could Be Both Muslim and Queer
Content warning: discussion of the accidental death of Mohammad Ramzan.
“But these identities don’t necessarily need reconciliation in the first place. It was Islam and my relationship with faith that slowly paved the path for me to embrace my sexuality. [...]
It was this Islam, the Islam of authenticity, community, justice, and love, that showed me how to be a truer version of myself.”

Video games were the queer training wheels I needed
“I knew I was different, but I also knew better than to speak up about it. Rather than talk to my friends or family, I searched for signs of queerness in the hidden cracks of my day. I lurked on online forums in the middle of the night while my family was asleep, and I snuck queer books from the library, reading them in solitary secrecy. The one place truly that alleviated my feelings of being trapped and alienated was, however, video games.”

Crip Queer Pride with Daisy Wislar
This is a video. It has closed captions, audio description, and a transcript.
“I started connecting with people who are unapologetic about being both queer and disabled. I met people who took rules about what men and women were "supposed to do," or how bodies were "supposed to look," and rewrote them, revised them, or threw them away entirely. And then I realized that I could apply the same thing to my own life, not only in terms of my queerness, but in terms of my disability as well.”
 

That's it for this month! If there’s something you want to see in here, reply to this email and we might work it into next month’s newsletter!
Hopefully we'll see you at an event or protest this October - if not, we'll be coming to you again, hot off the email presses, in November!
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