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happyWellbeing: the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy. Experiencing good health, happiness, comfort, security, safety and prosperity. Wellbeing is not just the absence of disease or illness, it is a complex combination of a person's physical, mental, emotional and social health factors. A conscious and subconscious goal of most people, not only transgender and those questioning their gender options although these people may encounter unique barriers obstructing their wellbeing goals.

The Wellbeing section of our website contains a number of articles about wellbeing from a transgender and gender questioning perspective and includes a number of articles written by transgender and gender questioning people and our allies. In time it will also include other resources such as books and book reviews, videos, links to other wellbeing related services and more. The articles below are just a few of the articles currently on the Wellbeing page of this website.

A PROJECT SEVEN YEARS IN THE MAKING

Article appeared in Polare 77, October 2008

Trans People in Love is a remarkable book that started with a pilot study of trans people and their partners. The final result reflects the care with which Katrina Fox and Tracie O'Keefe chose their subjects and the creativity with which they collected their material ...

WE ARE NOT THE ONES WITH GENDER ISSUES!

Article appeared in Polare 24, April 1998

As a community, we have become more empowered and less comfortable with the idea that we are the ones with gender issues.Indeed, many of us are comfortable with our identity and note that any troubles that others have with our identity is a result of their own gender issues ...

OH HOW I LOVE BEING ME!

Article appeared in Polare 10, December 1995

This is what normal is to me. Why am I different? Why during earlier periods of my life, was I different? For all my being, I was a girl. I was a child, I was a human. So what's to be made of differences, when there are so few compared to our sameness as human beings? ...

A BUDDHIST TEACHER GIVES UP HIDING

Article appeared in Polare 25, June 1998

Caitriona has been out among friends for about twenty years, but to truly come out has always meant coming out to her Buddhist community of students and fellow teachers. Only now does she realise how incomplete she had been because she hadn't had the courage to do that...

NO LONGER A SHROUD OF CLOUDED ROLES

Article appeared in Polare 78, December 2008

What does this feeling have to do with what I think? This feeling of liberation I have had since I finally accepted myself as I am. My identity remained hidden behind closed doors, behind walls, in prison. Not even I would allow myself to embrace the sanctity of self ...

THE UNREALISTIC AND UNATTAINABLE IDEA OF BEING CONSTANTLY HAPPY

Article appeared in Polare 91, April 2012

Gender Centre Counsellor Anthony Carlino writes that the idea of being constantly happy is both unrealistic and unattainable and that humans are happiest when we are working towards something of meaning, which helps us exist in a way that feels fulfilling ...

STUDY AFTER STUDY REVEALS THE FOUR COMMON TRAITS OF HAPPY PEOPLE

Article appeared in Polare 22, December 1997

Heather Jean has always been, at least during her adult life, a generally happy and optimistic person In this article, Heather comments on a Scientific American article about happiness, people who declare themselves to be happy and people with high self-esteem ...

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I FEEL WHOLE

Article appeared in Polare 8, August 1995

For the first time his life Sean feels balanced and content with himself. He discovers what a wonderful feeling it is to be honest with himself. Emotionally and spiritually he is a man who accepts his feminine side ...

MAINTAINING HARMONY WITHIN THE BODY

Article appeared in Polare 25, June 1998

Ib writes that Yin is the masculine force and signifies the earth, death and the darkness of night. Yang is the feminine force and signifies the sky, birth and the light of day. Maintaining harmony within the body and soul is to maintain the balances of the Yin and Yang ... 

REACHING OUT AND BEING VULNERABLE

Article appeared in Polare 88, July 2011

Gender Centre Counsellor Anthony Carlino writes that when we take the risk to try something different, to reach out and be vulnerable in the presence of another, we potentially learn another way of being in the world ... 

MAINTAINING YOUR TRANS* NEEDS WHILEH.I.V. POSITIVE

Article appeared in Polare 49, December 2002

What happens when a transgender person becomes H.I.V. positive and stigma is placed on top of stigma? Many oppressed transgender people have difficulty with self-acceptance, yet one of the keys for transgender people to take better care of themselves is empowerment ...

TRANSITIONING IS BEING GIVEN THE TOOLS AND KNOWLEDGE TO ASK THE QUESTIONS WHOSE ANSWERS SET THEM FREE

Article appeared in Polare 33, October 1999

Transitioning is being given the knowledge to ask the questions that help the old artificial persona fall away, revealing a brand new self. However transitioned people appear to others, to themselves they are happy, and sometimes for the first time, whole individuals ...

SACRED SEX FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

Article appeared in Polare 73, October 2007

Barbara Carrellas guides us step by step through self and other pleasuring. She presents us with lots of exercises to practise with including masturbation for fun. She also talks about hetero, gay, singles, couples, and group sex in a most encouraging and practical way ... 

A GREAT WAY TO LET OFF STEAM!

Article appeared in Polare 94, January 2013

Maggie had wrestled as a teenager and younger, so when she saw an ad for Harbour City Wrestling Club, she couldn't wait to get involved in this fantastic form of exercise and a way to let off steam ...

 
 
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