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The fight for fair and equal birth certificates for all trans people isn't over yet

In May 2020 new laws about how we can change the gender markers on our birth certificates will go into affect. We've talked before about how these laws will make it easier for trans people to have accurate ID, and about how we must ensure that trans kids are part of that. 

Trans young people aged 17 and under will need the consent of a parent or guardian and a letter of support from someone else. Along with other trans advocates we're working to make sure that the letter of support can be written by someone who trans kids feel comfortable with. Ygender and Transgender Victoria have put together a survey on who you think should be allowed to write a letter of support. Fill it out and share it with other trans youth! 
Take the survey
What We Wrote

I’m Intersex and Trans: Here’s What That Means To Me
“Finding out I was intersex lead to me finding a word to describe my complex relationship with gender and transitioning. Intergender is a broad term, but it basically means my intersex status has a huge impact on my gender and expression. The two are intertwined for me.”

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 17th November, 2-4pm - Queer Crafts: Collaging!
We're making collages! Come along for a chilled out craft day with trans & gender diverse young people and their allies as we break out the paper, magazines, markers and glue to make super cool pieces of art.

Sunday 24th November, 6-7pm - #TransChat: Gender Expression
Monthly twitter chat. Share your thoughts and read other people’s! Our November topic will be Gender Expression. A list of questions is published at the link above, with details on how the chat works. You can check out previous chats here!

Monday 25th November, 6-8pm - Let’s Talk About Transition
This month we're talking about what transition might look like for different people within the trans community and how we can support each other, whatever our transition pathway might be. Connect and share with others in a relaxed discussion evening.

This event will be AUSLAN interpreted.

Sunday 1st December, 2-4pm - Board Games Day
This happens on the first Sunday of every month, and is a great time! Board games!!!!

Other Events

Monday 18th November, 7-9pm - Due West: Black Divaz
This is a film screening. It is not captioned. Registration required - concession and child free, adult $. “This event is wheelchair accessible.”

“BLACK DIVAZ goes behind the glitz, glamour and hot glue guns of the inaugural Miss First Nation pageant. Over five steamy days, contestants battle it out on stage in a series of challenges that will stretch more than just their wardrobe choices.”

Wednesday 20th November, 6-9pm - Trans Day of Remembrance Vigil
Free, “mobility accessible, but please note that the main entrance (Napier St) has stairs. There will be a staffed non-stair entrance via Fitzroy Library (Moor St) and volunteers/staff will be escorting patrons through the library to the lift.” All-gender bathrooms.

Yarra Libraries and Teddy Darling present a community vigil for the international trans day of remembrance (TDOR) at Fitzroy Town Hall. This is a night for anyone who needs it: whether you are seeking company, sanctuary, reflection, or expression on this difficult day.

Sunday 24th November, 1-4pm - Iridescent Social: QPOC Disability Meetup
Free, wheelchair accessible, wheelchair accessible bathroom.

A social meetup for QPOC living with disabilities to catch up, hang out and chill out with new and old friends.”
What We're Talking About

Our Luggage: A Non-Binary Ode to The Good Place’s Janet
“I often long for characters who fall somewhere outside the gender binary simply because they do. They are gloriously, blessedly human and still defy the contextual categories of the society that has raised them. Such characters are few and far between.”

I'm non-binary and bi+ and I feel like people don't know how to make sense of me
“There are occasions where I feel gender euphoria and life feels just a little bit easier. When I am in bi+ specific spaces or when someone uses my correct pronouns, I feel like I can let out a little bit of the breath that I have been holding for years.”

Candid portraits explore the lives of LGBTQ African migrants
“Shooting and interviewing dozens of LGBTQ African immigrants, nine of which are featured below, I found that every individual had experienced a similar sense of rejection on all sides. This body of work is a collaborative response between me and my community to redefine what it means to be an immigrant, African and queer.”

What People Get Wrong About They/Them Pronouns
“Pronouns describe one’s identity. They don’t define it.”

Beauty Brands Want to Sell Queer Expression, But It Shouldn’t Be for Sale
“When I watch someone sell makeup under the auspices of queer self-love, regardless of how well intentioned they might be, I can’t help but feel as if a story like mine is being packaged and sold to young queer people desperate to find confidence in their own identity.”

How Curators Are Queering Art History
"Museums and historians are leading a movement to write overlooked queer artists into art history. That means rethinking what counts as "art history.""

Celebrate Your Kid’s Transition. Don’t Grieve It.
“Grief as a reaction to transition is a form of transphobia; it reduces a person’s very being to their gender, and reveals that a loved one cares more about a phantom image than for the trans person they supposedly love, who is right in front of them.”
 

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 this November - if not, we'll be coming to you again, hot off the email presses, in December!
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