Transexual woman ran out of town
12:00a.m. 11th December 2008 | By Amy Remeikis
A transexual has fled the Sunshine Coast after an alleged vicious attack on a Caloundra street left her afraid to venture outside.
Alice (not her real name), was born male but has identified as a female since she was five.
On Tuesday evening, Alice, 40, said she and her daughter, 13, set out along Landsborough Parade in Golden Beach to buy groceries to prepare for dinner.
Sometime before 5.30pm, Alice said she passed a small group of women pushing a pram accompanied by a gentleman who she alleged was abusive to her as she walked by.
Alice said she heard what the man said and questioned the man about it.
"He just started screaming abuse at me, swearing and calling me a 'trannie fag'," Alice said.
Alice said she had been previously advised to record such attacks.
"I held up my phone to record what he was saying and he turned physically abusive," she said.
She said the man chased her into a nearby playground where he allegedly threatened anyone who came to her aid.
She alleged the man smashed a bottle and hit a man who had tried to protect her.
Another car arrived at the scene and a man holding a base ball bat stepped out of the car and allegedly chased Alice down the street.
Alice said she called for help from those driving by and a family eventually stopped and took Alice to the police station.
She said she had lived full time as a woman since she was 14 and has medical approval for a sex change operation but can not afford the surgery.
Alice, her best friend and her daughter have spent the past 18 months travelling around Australia.
She says once knowledge of her transsexual nature is made public, she is chased from the towns.
The Sunshine Coast, she said, had been no different.
"We are leaving the Sunshine Coast though because I am afraid to walk down the street," she said.
"I don't want to leave my room.
"I can't understand why normal people act like this.
I harm no one but I am always subjected to people's abuse because they don't like me for who I am."
Police have charged a man with one count of public nuisance and two counts of common assault.
He will appear in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on January 6.
The story has since been condensed and re-written, but is available at the Sunshine Coast Daily. No other paper has picked it up.
I've contacted the reporter, Amy Remeikis, as follows:
Re : Your recent story about "Alice" atATSN and ATSA(Qld) have been informed.
Could you please inform her about some resources that may be of help:
Australian Transgender Support Association of Queensland Inc.
ATSAQ can be contacted on -
Phone: +61 7 3843 5024 (8am - 6pm)
PO Box 212
NEW FARM QLD 4005
(Qld) LGBT Police Liaison Officers
Police Liaison Officers to the GLBT community are available to discuss your issues in confidence. For details about the officers located at the closest police station.
Mobile: +61 419 768 732
Australian Transsexual Support Network
Feel free to give "Alice" my e-mail address, or at least refer her to my website:
My thanks for writing this story, and I hope you can tell her that she's not alone, and that she doesn't have to go through all this.
Regards, Zoe E Brain
This is not acceptable in this country. And we're not going to accept it. Nor let the story be buried in a regional newspaper.
One thing though... perfect strangers came to her aid. We must remember that - that some exist who are willing to put themselves at personal risk to help us. And that number is increasing. If any of them get to read this article, then I hope they will accept my thanks.