And while we're on the subject of education, here's the latest news:
Thank you for your interest in the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's project on sex and gender diversity.I intend being there - but then, I'm not Stealth. I know at least one person who won't be attending, merely making a written submission, as the social consequences of disclosure can be dire. I honestly can't blame them.
You may recall I emailed you to advise you about the public meetings held by the Australian Human Rights Commissioner in Melbourne and Brisbane in June. Thank you to everyone who participated.
I now would like to advise you of a public meeting being held in Sydney. A meeting is also being held in Canberra on either the 23 or 24 July 2008. I will provide more details on the Canberra meeting shortly.
We will not be holding meetings in other states or territories due to resource constraints. However, we are planning an online blog which we hope will be able to reach many people across Australia. We think it will be possible to continue many important discussions about the sex and gender diversity project online. I will have more information to release about this shortly.
Please forward details of the meetings to anyone who may be interested in attending.
If you have any questions, please contact me on 02 9284 9650.
Sex and gender diversity consultation - Sydney
The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) is looking at the human rights issues facing people who are transgender, transsexual or intersex.
For more information on HREOC's project see
The Australian Human Rights Commissioner would like to meet with people from the sex and gender diverse community.
When - Monday 21 July, 6pm - 8pm.
Where - Human Rights Commission at level 8, 133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney.
RSVP and Questions - Sarah Winter, Policy Officer, HREOC on 02 9284 9650 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The meeting will be an opportunity to explain the project, for participants to share some personal stories and to discuss human rights issues and possible solutions.
The Human Rights Commissioner is particularly interested in hearing about the difficulties faced by people in changing official documents.
Some food will be provided.
Sarah Winter : Policy Officer, Human Rights Unit :
Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission :
( +61 2 9284 9650 : * email@example.com
I do urge those who are either out, or semi-stealth like me, to attend and show the very human reality behind the dry statistics. To educate people who have shown open minds on the issue. That should make a change from the usual.