Rainbow Families have today launched a crowdfunder to support the development of ground-breaking resources for and with transgender and gender diverse parents.
Mat Howard, Co-Chair of Rainbow Families said: “For families where one or more parents are transgender or gender diverse, the everyday challenges of raising children can be intensified by experiences of misunderstanding, exclusion or even hostility and hatred.
“There are very few resources available to provide guidance, and we want to change that.”
Working with their transgender and gender diverse parents, Rainbow Families NSW will create a series of ground-breaking and life-affirming resources designed to assist with the process of transitioning in community, relieving much of the pressure they experience to educate and inform others.
The resource will aim to provide clear information around common struggles faced by transgender and gender diverse, including:
Finding the best way to include their partners, children and extended families in the process of transitioning;
Educate and inform teachers, health workers, colleagues, friends and other members of the LGBTIQA+ community about the experience of being transgender;
Mediate and support children's experiences at schools, child-care centres and sporting clubs;
Practice self care and support themselves through the process of transitioning and beyond; and
Find ways to celebrate the diversity of their families .
$10,000 will allow us to work with experts and consultants in health, education and social work, to devise informative and supportive resources. $10,000 will also allow us to print and distribute resources, including to NSW libraries.
“While we celebrate our community's support for marriage equality, we must remember that marriage remains unequal for many transgender and gender diverse couples, with antiquated laws in NSW forcing transgender or gender diverse residents to undergo invasive medical examinations and to divorce their partners in order to apply for a marriage certificate.”
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