Geelong puts trans and intersex health care on the agenda
LGBTI youth organisation GASP played host to a forum in Geelong last week to address inequalities in health care faced by young trans, intersex and gender diverse individuals in regional and rural areas.
A host of international speakers gave sessions on topics such as disparities in the health system, health and law advocacy and a social model of health.
City of Greater Geelong Education and Youth portfolio holder Cr Jan Farrell said the conference will play a vital role in bridging gaps in the current health care system.
“Everyone should have equitable access to appropriate healthcare pathways. It is simply an issue of human rights,” Farrell said.
Gavi Ansara from the National LGBTI Health believes the forum marked a significant step forward for the representation of intersex, trans and gender diverse people in public discourse.
“We hope that the forum will be the beginning of a conversation in earnest about how we, as a responsible society, can address the very real needs and challenges of young intersex, trans and gender diverse people who live in rural and regional areas, and ensure that they can thrive in their communities and families,” Ansara said.