In a historic first, a new Nike ad features the first transgender athlete on the US national team

The first openly transgender athlete on a US national team is being honored by Nike, in a new commercial timed to the Rio Olympics.


The 30-second spot follows duathlete Chris Mosier as he runs over bridges, pedals on the bike, and trains in the gym. “How’d you know you’d be fast enough, or strong enough to compete against men?” asks a voiceover narrator. “How’d you know the team would accept you? Or that you’d even be allowed to compete? Did you ever just want to give up?”


“Yeah,” Mosier responds, without breaking stride. “But I didn’t.”

Advice To Parents and Friends of Transgender Individuals

Joe Ivester Educator. Racial and LGBTQ civil rights advocate.

Our son is transgender. We welcomed him into the world 26 years ago as a daughter, but he is now our son. What does that mean? Three years ago he had surgery to give himself a more masculine body. Two years ago he began hormone treatment, which led to male puberty. He changed his name from Emily to Jeremy and asked that we use male pronouns. We are proud of him and love him.

As the parent of a transgender man, I am sometimes asked for advice. I offer the following as a way to help others who have someone trans in their lives

Transgender teen ‘Quinn’ to have double mastectomy before becoming male

A TRANSGENDER 15-year-old, who has large breasts, will have a double mastectomy so he can look more masculine as he transitions from female to male.

While “Quinn’’ is yet to have male hormonal treatment, doctors have recommended he have “top surgery’’ first to remove his E cup breasts and give him a male chest, the Family Court heard.

World transgender health guidelines recommend hormonal treatment for at least a year before chest surgery, to allow an adolescent to adjust to the transition from female to male.

But the psychiatrist, other doctors and Quinn’s parents agreed he needed his breasts removed as soon as possible and on July 29 a judge decided Quinn was competent to consent to the surgery.

His mother told the court her child had dressed as a boy from the age of four and was becoming more depressed as time went on without the surgery.

She said he had fully researched the surgery, understood it would be painful and would have consequences for his ability to breast feed if he changed his mind in future.

The surgery will leave Quinn with the physical look of a male chest.

Quinn told a doctor it meant he would be able to go swimming, play sport and go to sleepovers.

“I’ll feel better. I don’t belong in this body like it is ... won’t have pain from the binder, I’ll be able to breathe properly,’’ he said.

“It will give me a chance to identify more as myself.’’

Quinn wants to go to TAFE as part of his Year 11 studies next year and said if he had the surgery he would not have to worry about new friends seeing his breasts.

Later, when he worked in his chosen trade, he said: “I’ll be more muscly and have a stable job.’’

Quinn was aware of the disadvantages of surgery, including pain, risk of infection and limited mobility for weeks while healing, but said it would be worth it.

He told the doctor he might have to miss his end-of-term school formal, but he would “just have to stay on the couch and watch Netflix for weeks’’.

The WHO says being transgender is a mental illness. But that could soon change

According to the World Health Organisation, being transgender is a mental illness.

But that could soon change, as WHO prepares a new edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), its global codebook that influences national disease diagnostic manuals worldwide. The current version, ICD-10, has been around since 1990 and ICD-11 is expected to be approved in 2018.

Seminar: Aron Arnold and David Azul


Wednesday 03 August 2016 04:00 pm (Add to calendar)


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Aron Arnold and David Azul

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The production of vocal gender in social interaction: Insights from a transdisciplinary multi-method study with transmasculine speakers

Aron Arnold, Laboratoire de phonétique et phonologie, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris
David Azul, Discipline of Speech Pathology, La Trobe Rural Health School, Bendigo

Chris Mosier: 'I finally feel very comfortable with my body'

Chris Mosier is a history maker. The duathlete is the first known out transgender athlete to qualify for a U.S. national team and now the first transgender athlete to appear in the Body Issue. Mosier spoke with ESPN's Christina Kahrl about how he finally became comfortable in his body and how he's working to advance transgender rights for the next generation of athletes

Rainbow eQuality

LGBTI inclusive practice guide for health and community services

The Victorian Government values and celebrates diversity. It affirms the right to equality, fairness and decency for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Gender Diverse, and Intersex (LGBTI) Victorians and is committed to removing discrimination from Victorian laws, services and society.


Single-sex schools in transition as transgender students gain acceptance

Jeremy Beach was the only male student at his Catholic girls' school.

He had short spiky hair, hated wearing the school's checked skirt and in Year 12, the Avila College student came out as a transgender male.

"I presented as quite masculine. I didn't fit in. I wasn't going on about boyfriends and about make-up," the 19-year-old said.


IDAHOT 2016: Media Statement

Once again this year, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia truly deserves its title of a "Global Celebration of Sexual and Gender Identities". Beyond the rather narrow notions of "Homo", "Trans", "Bi"; the day offers a fantastic display of diversity, which mirrors the many facets of human sexualities and gender identities and expressions.

All over the world, advocates and their allies are fighting for what matters most to them: the right to be free from criminalisation, persecution, stigmatisation. Sometimes the right simply to live, as in many countries people have to fear for their lives.

This year specifically, we are seeing the "fault-line" deepening between places where activism is increasing and those where it is repression that is on the rise.

In many cases, activism is indeed increasing, with more and more visible events and strong support from institutions, which the Day has always been a good framework for. This year once again many official buildings will be lit in Rainbow flag colors, such as the Chilean Presidency building or the Brisbane city bridge. Rainbow flags will be flying over public buildings too, especially all over the UK and Australia where this action has become a national IDAHOT favorite.

In Albania, the now traditional “Bike (P)ride” has already been a huge success last week end. Brussels Pride, always celebrated on the Saturday closest to IDAHOT, drew tens of thousands onto the streets. Trans activists in Canada are getting ready to crown years of advocacy efforts as the Government announced it will introduce groundbreaking legislation on May 17th. In Cuba, the IDAHOT week is again celebrated throughout the country. All over the planet, from Moldova to Bhutan, campaigns will take it online and onto the streets to mark the Day. Concerts, flashmobs, film festivals, Transgender beauty pageants, same-sex wedding ceremonies, conferences, lectures, community events and many more have been announced and will be reported on via our social media channels.

But in some other contexts, spaces for expression are on the contrary shrinking, with increased social and state repression acting to silence advocates for sexual and gender diversities. In some cases activists have asked not to disclose information about their actions for fear of backlash, even in countries where conditions were relatively safe in previous years. In Lebanon for example, the public conference organised by Proud Lebanon had to be cancelled under pressure from opposition.

In some places, this reaction comes as a backlash against stronger visibility of sexual and gender diversities but in some others, there is increased State and social repression even though the levels of activism have not seen any significant change.

This might be a sign that highly visible recent victories, and some severe defeats, on LGBT issues on several fronts have increased the focus of moral and religious fundamentalist movements on sexual and gender rights. Activists from the sexual and gender minorities movement now have to struggle against increasingly well funded and well organised movements, which are getting much better than before at occupying the ground of values that appeal even to otherwise socially progressive constituencies.

Luckily, international organisations and progressive States are more than ever showing support. Local activists in dozens of countries are supported by Embassies and representations from international organisations.

The United Nations’ Free and Equal campaign has released a special “Why we Fight” music video for the Day. European institutions have held their annual IDAHO Forum, hosted this year by the Danish Government. Unesco is about to open a two-day inter-ministerial meeting on Education sector responses to homophobic and transphobic bullying.

The United Nations have also taken a specific stand this year on the global IDAHOT focus issue on “Mental health and well-being”, as a large alliance of UN experts have issued a joint declaration to end the pathologization of LGBT people,  highlighting the many harmful impacts of human rights violations. In over 30 countries, this issue of Mental health and well-being will be a central part of the IDAHOT discussions.

As we see all the fantastic energy and creativity which the activists deploy around May 17, it is more than ever urgent to increase the capacity and resources of activists to stand their ground and promote positive social change.

- The IDAHO Committee

May 16, 2016


Note to editors:
The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia (IDAHOT)
The IDAHOT was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally.
In under a decade, May 17 has established itself the single most important date for LGBTI communities to mobilise on a worldwide scale.
May 17 is now celebrated in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal, with 1600 events reported by almost 3000 organizations in 2015. These mobilisations unite millions of people in support of the recognition of human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is not one centralised campaign; rather it is a moment that everyone can take advantage of to take action.
The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.
The International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia has received official recognition from several States, international institutions as the European Parliament, and by countless local authorities. Most United Nations agencies also mark the Day with specific events.
The Day originated in 2005 with the acronym IDAHO, standing for International Day Against Homophobia. The T was added in 2009 to highlight the inclusion of Transphobia.
Some organisations use other acronyms or denominations for this Day, such as IDAHOTB, IDAHOBIT, etc.
For more details, see
The IDAHO Committee was created in 2005 by the founders of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
For the past 10 years, the IDAHO Committee has worked to make the Day become the single biggest LGBT global annual mobilization moment.
Our main missions are to:
·         Develop the scope, diversity and moral authority of the Day
·         Give the global mobilisation visibility in its diversity and creativity
·         Support organizations to take action during the Day
Twitter: @may17IDAHOT

Victoria Continues To Lead The Nation On Equality

An Australian first Pride Centre is the centrepiece of the Andrews Labor Government’s continued investment in services and facilities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Victorians.

A total of $15 million will go towards the Pride Centre, which will showcase LGBTI art and history, co-locate LGBTI advisory, health and support services, and feature community spaces which will provide a safe environment for LGBTI Victorians to meet and socialise.

It will be bigger than a similar centre in San Francisco and will attract Australian and international tourists.

The final design, location and timeframe for the establishment of the Pride Centre will be agreed in consultation with the LGBTI community. The $29 million package also includes:

  • $4 million for a grants program to strengthen the sustainability of LGBTI community organisations and to support LGBTI community leaders who help Victorians live free from discrimination
  • $2.5 million for initiatives that combat homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. This includes a rural and regional program led by the Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality to provide LGBTI community members living outside Melbourne with better access to support and the delivery of LGBTI education and training for mainstream services
  • $6.4 million for the expansion of gender dysphoria health services to address increased demand and more comprehensively meet the needs of Victoria’s transgender and gender diverse population
  • $1.15 million which will go towards expanding the Healthy Equal Youth grants which provide positive mental health programs for young people in the LGBTI community

The funding boost cements the Government’s commitment to LGBTI equality, building on initiatives such as the creation of Victoria’s first Gender and Sexuality Commissioner, an LGBTI Taskforce and a program of reform to remove discrimination from Victoria’s laws and services.

It comes ahead of the formal historic State apology to the LGBTI community in Parliament on 24 May 2016 for those convicted under unjust and prejudiced laws against homosexual acts.

Quotes attributed to the Minister for Equality Martin Foley

“The Pride Centre is long overdue and will attract people from across Victoria, Australia, and the world.”

“It will be a great gathering place for the LGBTI community and allow for much greater collaboration between services and community organisations.”

Quotes attributed to the Minister for Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy

“We know people have been waiting too long to access specialised gender dysphoria services. This extra funding will ensure people can access these important services sooner.”

“We’re making sure that transgender and gender diverse people get the treatment and care they need and deserve.”


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