Gender and sexual diversity

“Equality and freedom from discrimination are fundamental human rights that belong to all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or because they are intersex. On 1 August 2013, the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 was amended to make discrimination on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status against the law.”

Australian Human Rights Commission

Studies have found that non-heterosexual people face up to twice as much abuse or violence (including physical, mental, sexual or emotional) than their heterosexual counterparts. source

Almost half of all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people [Australia] hide their sexual orientation or gender identity in public for fear of violence or discrimination. source

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights: combatting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is an international issue and this site gives great information, current news and legal obligations.

Stop Think Respect (Beyond Blue): “Why should anyone be made to feel like crap, just for being who they are?” – videos and personal stories about discrimination.

Reach Out: get the facts, ask questions (anonymously), and find support.

Minus 18: Australia’s largest youth led organisation for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans youth.

Intersex Human Rights Australia is an excellent site to learn more about intersex people. It covers a broad range of associated issues and includes videos and current news and events.

Transhub and Transcend are Australian websites that provide lots of useful information for trans or gender diverse young people.

Writing Themselves In 4 is a national study on the sexual health and wellbeing of same sex attracted and gender questioning young people in Australia. It’s easy to read and thoroughly researched.

Free and Equal: United Nations fact sheets on the human rights challenges facing LGBTI people.

Check out our YouTube playlist for some short videos on gender and sexual diversity.

Take a look at the United Nations infographic, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Throughout History.

Amnesty International: “We all have the right to be treated equally, no matter our sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Stop Think Respect: “Being lesbian, gay, bi, trans or intersex is no different to being born left handed, it’s just who you are.” Get involved by joining, donating, blogging or just reading the information.

It Gets Better: take action and take the pledge.

The Gayby Project is a documentary that has polarised some sectors of the community – find out about it here and have your say.

Working it Out: a specialist service to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people and their families across Tasmania.

Qlife: Anonymous, free telephone counselling, information and referrals for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex communities of Victoria and Tasmania.

Equal Opportunity Tasmania provides education and information sessions on equal opportunity and promoting non–discriminatory practices. Their website has fact sheets on a wide range of discrimination issues. 

Other learning resources

A Fairer World has posters, classroom activities, books, DVDs and bookmarks on global issues such as gender and sexual diversity. Members are encouraged to contact us for a complete list of resources on this topic which are available free or on loan.

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