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2014 looking back and 2015 looking further up

31 Dec , 2014  

2014 looking back and 2015 looking further up

(small trigger warning for ableism at one point)

If I had to do the elevator phrase for 2014 it really was a year of out with the old debris and in with the new foundations. More…

World AIDS Day 2014

30 Nov , 2014  

World AIDS Day 2014 getting underway here in Australia. Thinking beyond our shores to those trans and gender diverse peeps with I met and to whom I listened at ‪#‎AIDS2014‬.
Think global act local has had much more meaning since then.
Standing together in solidarity and equality with our siblings worldwide.

“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

Calvin Coolidge

Back…to the Future: speech at Health in Difference 18 April 2013

13 Sep , 2014  

I thought I’d share a speech/presentation I gave last year at Health in Difference 8. Unfortunately, the audio recording didn’t quite work; I hope the words can at least give the sense of sense of vision and possibility. And a few things have changed since, but I’ll post it as it was delivered.

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A little bit of binary busting

30 Aug , 2014  

As a trans/gender diverse (and increasingly BGILQT) trainer/educator, I love what I do. I say that after a session I walk out on air 30 cm above the ground.

Increasingly, there are days when I walk out 40…or 50… or…60 cm above the ground. How so, you ask?

It’s when I have a “two-way street” experience. That’s where someone comes up with (in the words of Daffy Duck) “a little wrinkle that I’ve never thought of.” I have to stretch myself and I learn something new. More…

A brief update re #AIDS2014

21 Jul , 2014  

a brief update re #AIDS2014 and pre-conferences

Sharing stories is amazing and strengthening – as always…

I am hearing amazing human strength from trans and gender diverse people around the world – resilience, courage, persistence, determination among others in the face of huge discrimination, often on multiple attributes e.g. sex worker, HIV as well. More…

MindOUT! Conference 26-27 June: When worlds collide…clearing a head-on crash at my queer intersection

5 Jul , 2014  

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I started writing this the morning after…really early morning after two days of the MindOUT Conference. The fact that that I was awake and starting my creation of this piece at 530 AM after two days of the usual rainbow conference combination of adrenaline and brain drain speaks volumes at volume about how deeply I’m feeling what I’m feeling. More…

The Australia I want, I really really want #ozIreallywant

20 Jun , 2014  


An Australia that celebrates human diversity, fully understands that dignity and respect are vital for all and that that totally understands this needs different paths for different people to achieve dignity and respect.

An Australia that recognises that with compassion and empathy, people who are vulnerable can often be guided to their own strengths and ideas, thereby improving their own situation so they are safer.

An Australia based on celebrating each individual’s freedom to be unique while simultaneously achieving social responsibility and community.
An Australia that knows the best solutions to issues give equal to consideration to both people and dollar signs.
An Australia that realises that careful thought and discussion are always the best approach to move things forward.
An Australia where all sectors including business, community and public,  work together and value each other’s unique perspective to find the best ideas to make lives better.

An Australia that combines thought about economy and environment to find the best ways to grow.

A trans message of love

9 Jun , 2014  


Dear beautiful, amazing, awesome and uniquely gifted trans, gender diverse and allied people
I am thinking of and feeling very much for everyone at the moment.
I totally understand that there are tough times for many individuals and that collectively too, there are many pressures.
I state that I have been in those difficult places myself. Wherever my life is now – which on every level is hugely the best it has ever been – I remember it was not so easy in past times. I felt I was stuck right in the middle of downtown hell.

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LGBTIQ and person with a disability: Australian Research

8 Apr , 2014  


LGBTIQ…D?

Do you identify as a person with a disability and as Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans*, Intersex and/or Queer?

You are invited to participate in a PhD research study exploring the experiences of people who identify as having a disability and as LGBTI or Queer. More…