discminitationWhile it is against the law in New South Wales to discriminate against somebody because they are, or it is assumed that they are transgender, a high level of discrimination, vilification, harrassment and physical violence toward transgender and gender questioning people still exists within our society. This treatment often stems from the high levels of ignorance, prejudice and bigotry leveled towards transgender and gender questioning individuals.

Another form of discrimination - institutionalised discrimination, i.e. unjust and discriminatory mistreatment of an individual or group of individuals by organizations such as governments and corporations, financial institutions, public institutions like schools, police forces, healthcare centres and other societal entities, also plays a large part in the often overwhelming level of discrimination, both subtle and overt, but nevertheless commonplace, faced by transgender and gender questioning people in society today.

The Discrimination section of the Gender Centre's website contains a number of articles about discrimination in relation to transgender and gender questioning people and in time this section will also include other resources such as books, book reviews, research papers, videos, links to other anti-discrimination related services and more. The articles below are just a few of the articles currently on the Discrimination page of this website.


Article appeared in Polare 27, October 1998

The Left Alliance members within N.O.W.S.A.at R.M.I.T. move to exclude transgender women from their feminist organising women's movement amid widespread opposition from the Melbourne Star Observer, campus women's collectives, e-mail networks and queer collectives 

An Interview with Transgender Athlete, Lauren Stewart

by Cassandra Guidice Article appeared in Polare magazine: May 2015.

Cassandra: What insights have you been able to glean about the participation of transwomen in sport? Lauren: According to a number of women I have spoken to, sport and group physical activity allowed them to finally feel connected with themselves and aided their transition. These women were finally able to be true to who they are and be involved in a sport and group physical activity that interested them. Both sport and group physical activity were seen as facilitators to feeling connected with not only other people, but with oneself...


Article appeared in Polare 48, October 2002

In September 2002 the Human Rights Campaign announced the findings of a pollthat focused on public perception of transgender issues. The results of this poll show that while most people accept that a person can indeed be transgender, more public education is needed ...


Article appeared in Polare 14, August 1996

Recently, the Inner City Legal Centre acted for a person who was refused a rebate on the cost of hormone therapy because his birth certificate said female and the hormones in question were male hormones and the rebate was not available for females ... 


Article appeared in Polare 19, June 1997

Stephen Whittle provides some hate mail that was distributed throughout his neighbourhood and was directed at his family. The letter didn't however have the desired outcome with many of the recipients that it was aimed at angering actually joining together for a party ...

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