Websites and resources
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Trans* and gender diverse people
People coming out as trans have thankfully never had so much access to information as they do now, however it can still be hard to find good quality information.
You’ll find a wealth of great information on the Gender Centre website.
Those in Victoria are encouraged to check out the Transgender Victoria website.
A website set up for trans guys in Australia, FTM Australia, has some excellent information relevant to both trans men and women, including very clear information on the steps required for changing legal documentation as part of the gender affirmation journey.
Health and medical information
The Brisbane Gender Clinic has posted on their website some great information to assist M2F and F2M patients in their understanding of the process of medical transitioning. There is also some great information to be found on a range of health and fitness topics on the trans-health website. Victorians should also check out the Monash Gender Dysphoria Clinic website, which includes a helpful downloadable information pack.
Parents of trans and gender-diverse children and young people
Making sense of what’s happening for kids and young people who don’t fit gender norms can be very confusing for the uninitiated, and parents trying to enter and understand their child’s experience and world thankfully now have more support and resources available to them. For support from other parents, there is this peer support network. The gender help for parents website is a great aggregate of information for parents. There is also this handy guide for parents of trans youth, put together by a service in Canada.
A new service for parents is the Parents of Gender Diverse Children (website here), which is based in Melbourne but has contacts and meet-ups across Australia. The Brisbane Gender Clinic has posted this helpful information to assist parents and others in getting their heads around what gender diversity may mean for children under 18 years old. Parents of children and young people might like to particularly check out this section of the Brisbane Gender Clinic website for additional information and resources.
Any medical and allied health professionals seeking to offer support to a trans person are strongly encouraged to familiarise themselves with the Australian and New Zealand Professional Association for Transgender Health, which includes vital information on the recommended standards of care. We can also recommend the gender identity australia website, which is a hub of evidence-based information in the area of trans health.
Same-sex-attracted or gender-diverse youth
A fantastic website created for LGBTQI youth is Minus 18, and this website is stuffed full with good resources, including videos, posters, and links to online support.
Brisbane LGBTQI young people might like to check out the drop-in centre at Open Doors, which is a youth service for rainbow kids up to 18 years of age.
The following two books also come recommended for parents:
– Beyond Acceptance: Parents of Lesbians and Gays Talk About Their Experiences (by Carolyn Welch Griffin, Marian J. Wirth & Arthur G. Wirth), and
– My Child is Gay: How Parents React When they Hear the News (edited by Bryce McDougall)
Parents looking for information and support should make their first stop PFLAG, which is a great starting point for parents of not just lesbians and gays, but other rainbow young people as well.
LGBTQI people from a religious background
If you’re a chaplain, pastor, or other service provider working with LGBTQI people in a religious or faith-based organisation, we thoroughly recommend Matt Glover’s Theological Course.
It is easy to feel isolated when coming from a religious background and identifying as LGBTQI. The following websites may be of interest:
– This is a closed online group created as a safe space for queer Muslims
– Seventh Day Adventists are encouraged to check out this website
– Christians could check out freedom2b and gay Christian network
– Jewish people who identify as LGBTQI have created the online community keshet
– Anglican LGBTQI people might wish to visit this website
The following books also come recommended for LGBTQI people who also have a faith, spirituality, or religious beliefs:
– Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays v Christian Debate (Justin Lee)
– Being Gay, Being Christian: You Can be Both (Dr Stuart Edser)
– Coming Out, Coming Home: Making Room for Gay Spirituality in Therapy (Kenneth A. Burr)
– Ministry Among God’s Queer Folk (David J. Kundtz & Bernard S. Schlager)
– Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians (Candace Chellew-Hodge)
LGBTQI people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background
As a gay man from a Middle Eastern background and a very religious family upbringing, one of Jacques’ passions is working with CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) LGBTQI people. His story, shared here, is one of many. QuAC’s Rainbow Bridge website was set up for people who identify as LGBTQI, who also happen to come from a CALD background.
If you’re looking to make your mental health service or practice more inclusive, or if you’re new to working in this area and wish to understand the unique challenges and factors relevant to service delivery in this area, we heartily recommend this resource, developed for service providers by QuAC in 2015.
Professionals and community services are also strongly encouraged to attend training in this area. Matt Glover runs an excellent Encountering the LGBTI Community training course, and Relationships Australia also run Affirmitive Training for human services providers.
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health is an international treasure trove of information and resources for professionals, organisations and service providers. Both Chris and Jacques are members of the Australian and New Zealand chapter of this association, ANZPATH.
There is also some information for mental health and suicide prevention on the QuAC website well worth checking out.
And if you’re a chaplain, pastor, or other service provider working with LGBTQI people in a religious or faith-based organisation, we can thoroughly recommend Matt Glover’s Theological Course.
People born with atypical physical/anatomical characteristics do not fit into the traditional “male” or “female” categories, and the Intersex Australia website is dedicated to information and resources for this population.
Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community have rates of substance abuse higher than those of the general population. Their daily battles with discrimination and stigma cause high levels of stress that may push them toward drug and alcohol use. Those impacted by drug and alcohol dependence are encouraged to check out the LGBTQI-specific information and resources here and here.