The right to make decisions about one's own body has always been problematic for transgender and gender questioning people as bureaucracy in various forms have often intruded, claiming to be acting in the best interests of the transgender individual themselves.
Nowhere is this as evident as among transgender and gender questioning youth, especially when it comes to expressing their innate identity in settings such as schools and among activity groups, and with the inevitable introduction of hormone blocking treatment and later hormone therapy.
However, human rights for transgender and gender questioning people include much more as can be evidenced by the articles and other material in this section of the Gender Centre's website. In time this section will also include books and book reviews, videos, links to other transgender human rights websites and articles and more. The articles below are just a few of the articles currently on the Human Rights page of this website.
... AND KATHERINE RESPONDS TO THEIR OUTRAGEOUS CRITICISM
Article appeared in Polare 57, May 2004
Polare editor Katherine Cummings responds to print media sensationalism and Australian Catholic ethicist Nicholas Tonti-Filippini's outrageous criticism of an Australian court's decision to grant a thirteen-year-old permission to commence treatment to delay puberty ...
FROM THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Article appeared in Polare 105, October 2015
Learn more about the human rights challenges of intersex people and the actions that can be taken to protect their human rights and tackle violence and discrimination. ...
MOVING BEYOND LEGISLATION
Article appeared in Polare 55, January 2004
This paper by Tasmanian transgender woman Roslyn Houston was presented to the Amnesty International Global Human Rights Conference in Sydney in 2002 and recounts some of the advances made in the protection of transgender citizens against harassment and discrimination ...
RECOMMENDING RELATIONSHIP RECOGNITION AND DOCUMENTATION CHANGES
Article appeared in Polare 91, April 2012
O.I.I. Australia has made a submission to the Attorney General's Department consultation on the National Human Rights Action Plan with recommendations including changing legal documentation on sex or gender, gender notation on passports, data collection and relationship recognition ...
HISTORIC DECISION AT THE UNITED NATIONS
Article appeared in Polare 88, July 2011
In a groundbreaking achievement for upholding the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity ...
A HIGHLY SIGNIFICANT HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE
Article appeared in Polare 94, January 2013
In 2012, the U.S. District Court ordered that an inmate be provided with sex reassignment surgery. This article rationalises the decision in the context of rights of inmates to medical treatment in situations of necessity ...
A CUTTING-EDGE BOOK FULL OF NEW INFORMATION AND IDEAS
Article appeared in Polare 73, October 2007
They say "knowledge is power" but acquisition of knowledge doesn't bring power, discourse is what defines a civilised debate and this book has plenty of discourse. It gives voices to many trans heroes and thinkers who have stood up and challenged the status quo ...
AT WHAT AGE ARE HORMONE TREATMENTS AN OPTION?
Article appeared in Polare 69, November 2006
The Andersons love their child and want to let her express herself. At first, they told Nicole that she could be a girl at home but needed to be neutral in public. After a while though, they gave up and friends note that the introverted Nicholas has become the shining personality of Nicole ...
THE CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN EXPERIENCE
Article appeared in Polare 82, January 2010
Young people with transsexualism face huge challenges accessing medical treatment and supportive school environments, however an increasing number of parents are pursuing their child's right to live according to their affirmed sex, writes Rachael Wallbank in this report ...