Posts tagged ‘LGBTI’

Link: “Michelle Telfer has been a lifesaving advocate for hundreds of trans children. But her work doesn't come without controversy”

Original post found at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-24/michelle-telfer-trans-children-health/100137192

Watched this item the other night on Australian Story and it was truly uplifting. There’s tragically a lot of fearmongering about trans kids accessing appropriate medical care but this story made it clear how essential it is – and, I think, was also very reassuring about how careful and stepped treatment is (e.g. puberty blockers are given early on, hormones started years later, surgery available only once kids have turned 18 – with informed consent needed every step of the way). Very glad trans kids in Victoria have access to this resource.

Link: “Phyllis Papps and Francesca Curtis came out on national TV in 1970. Their actions changed Australia forever”

Original post found at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-15/phyllis-papps-francesca-curtis-lesbian-activists-share-story/13234670

Viv and I watched the documentary that this article summarises last night. It’s truly flooring that not so long ago – 1970 is certainly within my parents' memories – lesbians had to ensure such vitriol and even psychiatric abuse. Such brave women. And as much as things have changed, of course, we know there’s yet more work to do.

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