At StartOut we want to see everyone free to be themselves and reach their potential irrespective of sex, sexuality or gender. We encourage anyone to apply to speak to a mentor with us, but in some cases we won’t be able to match you up straight away with someone to chat to.
We’ve seen an increase recently in requests to speak to trans mentors, and we’re working on growing our mentor base in this area, but in the meantime we wanted to share some great organisations that you might like to get in touch with while we find someone for you!
Transcend – https://transcendsupport.com.au/
Transcend was founded in 2012 by Rebekah Robertson. It is a grassroots, unfunded support network and was the first parent led peer support network for the families of transgender children in Australia. In 2007, when Rebekah was desperately searching for information and support in regard to her child, Georgie Stone’s gender identity there was none to be found here in Australia.
Run on a totally voluntary basis, Transcend has worked alongside other community organisations to promote and support programs which help trans and gender diverse kids reach their full potential. Among these organisations are the Royal Children’s Hospital Gender Service, Justice Connect, Safe Schools Coalition and the Victorian Government LGBTIQ Reference Group.
The Gender Centre (NSW) – https://gendercentre.org.au/
The Gender Centre Inc. is the peak state-wide multidisciplinary centre of excellence providing a broad range of specialised services that enables the exploration of gender identity and assistance with the alleviation of gender dysphoria.
They support trans and gender expressive people at every stage of their journey as they explore their authentic sense of self.
Qlife – https://qlife.org.au/
QLife provides an Australia-wide anonymous, LGBTI peer support line for people wanting to talk about a range of issues including sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.
QLife services are free and include both telephone and webchat support, delivered by trained LGBTI community members across the country. Our services are for LGBTI individuals, their friends and families, and health professionals in Australia.
Beyond the telephone, QLife offers webchat for people who prefer online interactions or for whom the phone is impractical.
ACON offers and refer to a range of trans-affirming resources, programs and services delivered by caring people who genuinely understand the health issues affecting trans people.
YGender (VIC) – http://www.ygender.org.au/contact
Ygender is a peer led support and advocacy organisation for trans and gender diverse young people. We were established in 2010 by a group of trans young people who realised that our community needed an autonomous space to support each other and advocate for our rights.
Trans101 – https://www.trans101.org.au/
Trans 101 is a starter pack designed to help support trans people around you!
It’s all about helping people better understand what it means to be trans, and how to make the world and better, safer, happier place for trans and gender diverse people!
Transgender Victoria (VIC) – https://transgendervictoria.com/
TGV is Victoria’s leading body for trans and gender diverse advocacy. They work to achieve justice, equity and inclusive service provision for trans and gender diverse people, their partners, families and friends.
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