Transgender Communities, Law Reform and Feminism
Free Public Lecture
Carrillo Gantner Theatre
Sidney Myer Asia Centre
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Recently the Victorian Births, Deaths and Marriages Act 1996 was amended to allow transgender and gender diverse (TGD) people to change the sex on their birth certificate without first being required to undergo invasive and potentially unwanted surgery. The reform was met with some public debate and backlash, including from a small number of feminists and conservatives.
Taking the birth certificate law reform and its significance to TGD communities as a starting point, this event will interrogate:
- ‘Bigger picture’ questions relating to TGD communities, such as how we work towards building a community that is inclusive, welcoming and safe for TGD people
- The politics and colonialism of dominant approaches to understanding sex and gender
- The relationships and tensions between transgender and queer scholarship and contemporary feminist thought.
The discussion aims to progress discussion on these issues in an inclusive way, without shying away from challenging or contested issues. It also aims to bring academic debate into conversation with the lived realities of TGD individuals in a space of mutual learning and respectful engagement.
The panel discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A. Questions for the Q&A will be submitted via an online platform to help ensure that the event is respectful and inclusive, and a diverse range of questions can be posed.
Everyone is welcome to attend this event, however transphobia, homophobia, biphobia, sexism, ableism and racism will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Anyone engaging in such behaviour will be asked to leave.
Content note: this event will likely contain some discussion of transphobia, racism, and sexual and other violence.
This event is co-supported by the Criminology and Gender Studies disciplines in the School of Social and Political Sciences.