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“The unifying trans experience is rejection and repudiation.” So says Cate McGregor’s character in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production Still Point Turning: The Catherine McGregor Story.

This one line summarises a sad reality of life for trans and gender diverse people. Despite coming from different cultural, religious and class backgrounds; despite there being so much diversity of opinion and politics; and despite expressing their gender identities in so many ways; what unites them is having experienced stigma and denigration.

2018 05 00 BradfordIn Tell Me I’m Okay, author and retired sexual health doctor David Bradford relates a remarkable set of stories about growing up as a gay child in a strongly Christian family, struggling with his sexuality, serving as an army doctor in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, working as Director of the Melbourne Communicable Diseases Centre at the time of the arrival of HIV/AIDS, and in private practice with hundreds of AIDS patients, many of whom did not survive.

180425 CBR CateMcGregorGordonRamsayCoverCate McGregor and Gordon Ramsay MLA laid a rainbow wreath paying special tribute to brave LGBTI personnel who have served with honour and to commemorate the sacrifice of all Australian and New Zealand soldiers, sailors and airmen.

The rainbow tribute in Canberra was a joint collaboration between the ACT Government and DEFGLIS.

Cate McGregor, the most senior transgender member to serve in Defence, placed the rainbow wreath on behalf of the DEFGLIS association and reflected on the rich diversity of veterans who have fought and died for their country.

2018 05 18 IDAHOTMay 17 is IDAHOT Day and the theme is "Alliances for Solidarity."

Putting the focus of the Day on Solidarity and Alliances can create a valuable opportunity for all of us to reach out to our current partners to reinforce our bond, to reach out to new partners to raise awareness of our commonalities, and to engage in collective action around the Day.

2015 11 02 prep

PrEP, the preventative medicine that radically reduces the risk of HIV transmission, will be subsidised via the Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule (PBS) from 1 April 2018.

The Australian government made the announcement in a press release today to provide $180 million of benefits to assist the fight against HIV.

The treatment involves taking PrEP once per day in order to reduce the risk of HIV infection for people who are a medium to high risk of HIV infection.

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