Sexual Politics

A Litany of ABC Transgender Myths

On May 24, the ABC’s Australian Story told of children rescued from disaster by Dr Michelle Telfer, attractive, dedicated, youthful paediatrician, mother, former gymnast, and head of the gender dysphoria clinic in Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Having been born into the wrong body, but now given ones by Dr Telfer that would match their minds, the children appeared set to live “happily ever after” (and I hope they do), as blessed by the husband and wife pastors of “progressive” Christianity (though resplendent in the black regalia and white dog collars of yore) whose own child is amongst the transformed.

Gratitude for salvation was as exuberant as condemnation of evil. How dare some describe the salvific process as “experimental”? How dare the Australian newspaper seek evidence for hormonal resurrection? How dare an old, white male paediatrician raise the spectre of “castration” when reproduction may surely be achieved by taking biopsies of ovaries and testicles before their damage by chemicals, or their removal in surgery, in frozen expectation of the later miracle of in vitro fertilisation? Or by the emergence of a baby from a uterus hidden in a masculinised corpus to suckle amongst the foliage of a hirsute chest?

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In such stories, as of old, the listener might expect the emergence of some clear principles of life, some signposts to truth. Better still, the fairy grandmother might share the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth: certainties upon which you could stand secure. Sadly, “A Balancing Act: Michelle Telfer” is poorly named.

 

The first imbalance: the effects of blockers are reversible

To the upturned face of a trusting eleven-year-old natal boy who had become “sick of living in her body”, and who just happened to ask “How do puberty blockers work?”, Dr Telfer explained that the drug “gives you time to think about what you want to do in the long term without you having to worry about your voice dropping or going hairy or any of those things”.

She reassured the child, “puberty blockers are reversible. The only risk is that [they] can affect your bone density and, if you decide in a couple of years … [you] don’t want to be a female … we can stop this drug and your body goes back to how it would have been”. To a wider audience, she declared blockers provide “time to … mature cognitively and emotionally” so that “when the time comes she would be competent to make that decision on her own”.

Blockers suppress the vertical cascade of hormones, from hypothalamus to pituitary to gonads and then to body, that bring about the changes of puberty. If stopped, the process may resume, giving partial justification for the word reversible. Problems, however, lie in the associated blocking of the broader, say horizontal, functions of Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone (GnRH), as it is named, whose receptors are found throughout the brain, in regions involving cognition, emotion, memory, reward and sexuality.[1][2][3] Extensions of the nerve cells producing GnRH in the hypothalamus actually extend horizontally into the limbic system, while distribution of their product to other regions may occur through cerebro-spinal fluid.[4]

International research refutes the claim of “reversibility”. For example, researchers in Glasgow and Oslo universities have long demonstrated sustained, deleterious effects of blockers on peri-pubertal sheep (whose lengthy period of puberty is relevant for human comparison). Blockers invoke pathological enlargement of components of the limbic system, associated with interruption of the function of many genes in the amygdala and hippocampus whose role should be the preservation of the integrity of neuronal cells. In consequence, there is lasting reduction in spatial memory and increased emotional lability, reducing performance in mazes.[5][6][7][8][9][10] Male sheep become more gung-ho, females more fearful in their confusion.

Recently, from New York, researchers report “behavioral and neurological” effects of blockers on mice. The sexual behaviour of rodents might seem esoteric, but the authors explain that the model “has the potential to isolate the biological effects of GnRH … on brain function and behavior from the dysphoria and psychological distress associated with incongruence between gender identity and natal sex”.

In females, blockers resulted in “profound effects” on behaviour, interpreted as depression (despair-like behaviour), and on the neural activity in the hippocampus, “a brain region crucially involved in stress processing, depression and cognition”. Blocked males exhibited “pronounced differences in locomotion [they were hyperactive] and social preference [they preferred the company of males, and showed none of the usual interest in the opposite sex], and increases in neuroendocrine responses to stress”.

In humans given blockers to reduce the provocative effect of sex hormones in such diseases as endometriosis and prostate cancer, research has long reported unwanted effects on cognition, emotions and executive function, though conclusions are rendered difficult by the confounding effects of age, disease and other treatment.[11][12][13][14][15][16][17]

Studies on the developing brain of adolescents are very limited but should temper claims of reversibility. In one transgendering adolescent, two years of blockers prevented expected brain development, and were associated with some reduction in operational memory. The authors speculated on disruption of the synchronic development of the brain.[18]

Outside the brain, biopsies, investigating the increased incidence of intestinal symptoms in women receiving blockers for endometriosis, have revealed marked a reduction in the nerve cells directing peristalsis[19], adding clinical weight to laboratory contention that GnRH has a widespread role in maintaining neuronal integrity.[20][21]

Thus, there is no evidential support for the fulsome assurance of “reversibility”. To the contrary, there is evidence and strong suggestion of damage.

 

The second imbalance: they provide time for wisdom

The claim that blockers provide time for the gaining of wisdom regarding sexuality and the capacity for informed consent to massive intervention is biologically implausible.

Sexuality. Sex-specific organisation of the brain occurs within weeks of conception, to await further organisation and activation of specific centres during puberty. Blockers neuter the latter process.

Decades ago, a “primary” mid-brain centre was identified which, when activated by GnRH in immature animals, resulted in sexualised behaviour. Denied that activation, sexualisation did not occur.[22][23][24]

As well, researchers have long known that “socio-societal effects” can stimulate sexualisation in animals. It is known as the “ram effect”, in which a range of olfactory, auditory, visual, tactile and social stimuli was found capable of inducing ovulation in females.[25][26] Still not well understood, this sexualisation is dependent on GnRH.[27]

In humans, the secondary effects of the GnRH-dependent gonadal sex hormones, testosterone and oestrogen, range from behaviour, to cognition and emotions, to physical manifestations and, of course, sexualisation and libido.

The question is, how can a child establish sexual identity when denied the creative effects of primary and secondary centres upon which it depends, and when neurons are interrupted in the brain centres that integrate sex with cognition, emotion and experience?

The brain. Enormous developments begin with puberty and continue into early adulthood, with GnRH and the sex hormones being members of a chorus of stimulants. Maturation of various regions, however, is not synchronous. For example, the forebrain usually lags behind the limbic system, resulting in the risk-taking of adolescent males and the reticence of females. Wisdom, however, depends on a balance of cognitive, emotional and experiential factors.

Society recognises the imbalance of adolescence and denies adolescents access to alcohol, tattoos, driving cars and joining the army. To the contrary, the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne insists on a special exemption for gender-confused children: they should be granted special “agency” for massive intervention of lifelong importance, despite lack of supporting evidence and the growing ranks of “desisters” who regret they were not protected from their immaturity.

Two other biological factors are relevant to consideration of the capacity for informed consent in children on hormonal intervention. First, the observation that almost all children who start on blockers proceed to cross-sex hormones is argued to be confirmation of maturity of decision. But, studies on blocked sheep[28] and rodents[29] suggest an alternative, iatrogenic explanation: blockers interfere with the limbic system, reducing exploration and increasing fearfulness. The animals prefer the familiar to the novel: they avoid change. Thus, the decision to progress to cross-sex hormones may not represent wisdom, merely the role of chemical tram-tracks.

An associated psychological pressure to proceed to cross-sex hormones is that of the difficulty of rejection of the adopted persona in the face of all those authority figures in the family, the school, the web and the hospital.

Second is the effect of cross-sex hormones on the brain. Researchers have found the adult male brain shrinks at a rate ten times faster than ageing after only several months of exposure. The female brain hypertrophies.[30] The effect on the growing brain of adolescents can only be imagined: there are no studies. And the adolescents are likely to be on them for life. Can straight thinking be presumed in an altered brain?

The question is, how can society permit agency for such massive interventions when the vagaries of cerebral development are already known, and there is established proof of interruption to function and structure by the very chemicals about to be administered?

 

Some external balance

Lately, some major authorities have concluded, contrary to the Melbourne hospital, that children do not possess the capacity for informed consent for hormonal and surgical transgendering. Sadly, the ABC is not the place to obtain a balanced view of these things.

In June 2020, the Council for Choices in Health Care in Finland, having declared that “gender re-assignment of minors is an experimental practice”, insisted that

first-line intervention … is psycho-social support … [which] should be provided in school and student healthcare and in primary healthcare for the treatment of gender dysphoria due to variations in gender identity in minors.

Gender identity assessment may be considered only after “other psychiatric symptoms have ceased and adolescent development is progressing normally”. Rigorous research should “collect extensive information on the diagnostic process and the effects of different treatment methods” and no “irreversible treatment” should be initiated.

On December 2020, the UK High Court concluded, on the basis of “limited evidence … of efficacy or purpose” for hormonal “affirmation”, that:

There will be enormous difficulties in a child under 16 understanding and weighing up this information and deciding whether to consent to the use of puberty blocking medication. It is highly unlikely that a child aged 13 or under would be competent to give consent to the administration of puberty blockers. It is doubtful that a child aged 14 or 15 could understand and weigh the long-term risks and consequences of the administration of puberty blockers. For ages between 16 and 18, the court considers it advisable to request a court approval before starting hormonal treatment, since the treatment should be regarded as experimental.

In consequence, the NHS discontinued initiating hormonal treatments in children under sixteen.

In April 2021, the government of Arkansas banned hormonal “affirmation” and surgery for children under eighteen, and other US states may follow. In May 2021, Sweden’s Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital stopped prescribing blockers and cross-sex hormones to children under eighteen.

Meanwhile, in February 2021, the Victorian parliament approved legislature to incarcerate for up to ten years and inflict crippling fines on anyone seeking to “change or suppress” another’s sexual orientation or gender identity, thus mandating referral of a dysphoric child to Dr Telfer’s clinic.

 

The third imbalance: hormonal “affirmation” is not the only treatment

The ABC’s Australian Story promotes the idea that “affirmation” is the only therapy available and that “doing nothing” increases the suffering of the child, leading to self-harm and even suicide. This promotion is false on two accounts: no one advocates doing nothing, and individual and family psychotherapy with attention to social and co-morbid mental disorder does not equate with “nothing”.

To the contrary, such therapy is associated with the statistical reality that the large majority of dysphoric children re-orient to congruity with chromosomes as they progress through puberty. Such psychotherapy has long been practised in Australia. For example, in Western Australia, child psychiatrist Robert Kosky admitted to hospital the eight children referred to the gender service between 1975 and 1980, reporting a “generally good outcome” and warning that the disrupted “familial and social context … should counteract undue emphasis on the aberrant behaviours themselves”[31]. International literature confirms such therapeutic intervention[32] and must underpin the recent decisions by Finland, Sweden and elsewhere to consider it “first line”. Perhaps the best-known program of psychotherapeutic intervention is that of the Canadian psychologist Kenneth Zucker, who was amongst the first to report that most dysphoric children will orientate to congruence with chromosomes.

It is worthwhile comparing Zucker’s program with that of Melbourne, as described by Dr Telfer in Australian Story. In his review of the Biopsychosocial Model of Care[33] that had been offered to the 590 children referred to his unit in its thirty-five years of existence, Zucker details an exhaustive approach of telephone discussion, at least six child/parent interviews, and evaluations of some twenty checklists, questionnaires and school reports. Subsequent therapy involved scores (sometimes hundreds) of counselling sessions, over many years, whose aim was to help the child become “comfortable in the skin” in which it was born.

Dr Telfer reported that 473 children had been referred to her Melbourne clinic in 2020 alone, though, perhaps defensively, she assured us that “more than 20 per cent never go beyond the first assessment”. Of those “who do feel that medical affirmation is necessary for them, they will see either a psychologist or a psychiatrist at least three times before they see anyone like a paediatrician or an endocrinologist who might start to consider whether a medication is going to be something to help”.

In Melbourne, numbers have soared, assessment appears rudimentary, psychotherapy is absent, and the goal appears different: more about making the skin fit the brain. Dr Telfer’s enthusiasm is indicative: she recalls thinking, “I can help this [natal girl] child have a boy’s body … how many people can do that?”

Zucker’s intensive and prolonged program (and similar programs) became known, inaccurately, as “wait and see”. That misleading description appears to have facilitated the program’s derogation to “doing nothing”: except, of course, to warranting criminalisation in Victoria. What is the ideological compulsion behind that criminalisation?

 

The fourth imbalance: childhood gender dysphoria and suicide

There is no doubt: those evincing the distress of gender dysphoria are suffering, vulnerable children, usually emerging from broken homes and burdened with co-morbid mental disorders, including autism.

Authors from the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, emphasise that their developmental pathways “are shaped, at least in part, by adverse childhood events (including maltreatment), loss of family stability and cohesion” as well as socio-economic factors. They note that “co-morbid psychiatric diagnoses” occurred in 87.7 per cent, and that histories “of self-harm, suicidal ideation, or symptoms of distress were also common”. Of relevance to the discussion above, the authors declare:

 

treatment interventions … require a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment with the child and the family, followed by therapeutic interventions that address, insofar as possible, the breadth of factors that are interconnected with each particular child’s clinical presentation.

Would such interventions land the authors in jail in Victoria?

Although it is well known that children suffering social and mental burdens may harm themselves and, therefore, demand special attention, there is no evidence that gender dysphoria per se leads to suicide and therefore justifies the massive intervention of hormonal transformation. To the contrary, there is epidemiological evidence that transgendered adults suffer a rate of suicide some twenty times higher than the general population.[34][35] Thus, one way for prevention of that tragedy might be helping the child to become more comfortable “in the skin in which it was born”.

Proponents for “affirmation” blame ostracism for the high rate of adult suicide, but of equal importance might be associated mental disorder, failure to find expected gold at the end of the rainbow (ask any of the growing crowd of desisters) or, dare it be said, the alteration of pathways vital to a sense of well-being by iatrogenic administration of chemicals.

The problem is evaluation of the contribution of associated fellowship in the process of “affirmation” in childhood. Rightly so, in the gender clinics, the suffering of the children is likely to be enwrapped in unprecedented encouragement, attention, compassion and care, indeed, in the love of many adults, not to mention psychological affirmation from friends, the web, acknowledgment at school and even promotion in the media. What childhood suffering would not be blessed by that warmth? The danger, according to statistics, lies in the cold, lonely years of transgendered adulthood. May the children in Australian Story never face such challenges.

 

The imbalanced ABC

Impartiality is claimed to be “one of the most fundamental elements of content making in the ABC”. Its stated goal is to ensure audiences will receive “fair and unbiased information which will help them to gain a reasonable understanding of an issue and to make up their own minds”.

This “fundamental element” is lacking in the ABC’s portrayal of gender dysphoria in children. Its repeated proclamation to the masses of a few simple, unquestioned, one-sided assertions better deserves the appellation, “propaganda”.

Suppression of alternative opinions characterises all revolutions. Will it be cancelled in such platforms as the Australian? Remember: powerful activists in Victoria have proclaimed the need to abolish “public broadcasts” that hinder the “affirmative” model of hormonal therapy for confused children[36].

How long will the tax-funded ABC remain a voice for cultural revolution?

Dr John Whitehall is a professor of paediatrics at a Sydney university. He has written extensively on this topic in Quadrant over recent years.

 

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17 comments
  • STD

    It makes good business sense.
    Just like Abortion and Euthanasia , Transgendering is just another growth industry- growth- grow the economy stupid. It makes good business sense to move children to their desired gender rather than marrying their design DNA (FACT) with the psychology and thus the psychological hormones that entails and needs , I would have thought you would employ patience for a start, on account of the fact , that in Puberty the designers hormone ratios are in limbic (limbo- as in no man’s land).
    “Blockers suppress the vertical cascade of hormones from hypothalamus to pituitary of gonads and then to the body that brings about the changes of Puberty”.
    This tells me that normal processes of being a child are being interfered with- this is left leaning form of child abuse, just like the same poor intellectual efficacy being metered out to kids by way of poor education coupled with left leaning indoctrination.
    This is garbage – children need discipline in order to understand the concepts and limits of freedom goods- this is how it is ,the world doesn’t necessarily function the way the left wing or children like it- bring back good old fashioned punishment and values, that’s better ,where back on track.
    I suspect if children were doing their homework, they would have bugger all time to contemplate this nonsense
    By the way who is actually footing the bill for this , is it teat priming, is it Medicare?

  • gareththomassport

    The woke Left have a great ability to simplify even the most complex problem into simple “good versus bad” ideology. In climate change, CO2 is the baddy (or the 3% produced by human activity)- solar activity, cloud activity, alterations in the earth’s orbit, the 97% of CO2 not produced by human activity are ignored. Windmills and solar panels are “good”. In Covid- lock downs are good, deaths from pathology related to lock downs are ignored. Critical Race Theory suggests the amount of melanin in one’s skin determines whether you are “good or bad”.
    Similarly in transgender ideology- complex biopsychosocial pathology is reduced to “the child is always right”. Unfortunately the ABC (and MSM, and public service, and many of the medical profession) have been so comprehensively schooled in simplistic “good versus bad” ideology, that no examination of the issues is possible, especially by an “old, white, male paediatrician”.

  • STJOHNOFGRAFTON

    Romans 1:21-22 describes this perversion via ABC dogma:

    “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, ….”

    and also in 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12:

    “… and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. ” (ESV)

  • STD

    Bring back common sense and the senses of the divine- thanks GTP and STJG.

  • Harry Lee

    Yes, the pharmaceutical industry -that exists so successfully only in free enterprise environments- provides solutions for people who do not feel comfy in their skins.
    And then there’s the IVF industry which solves hard problems for others, including male-hating, anti-Europeanist, marxist-inspired, anti-free enterprise lesbians, some of whom might soon become foreign minister.
    What blessings -for wokeist virtue-seekers and malign Big Statists who now dominate all of our institutions and who consequently are close to controlling all details of the daily lives of law-abiding, striving, self-reliant, heterosexual, pro-Western, pro-free enterprise Westerners.

  • STD

    Harry your forthright honesty is very unwoke and secularly very unbecoming and very much Australian.
    PS , women would find this type of manly behaviour very sexy with a certain type of French word for appealing!

  • Ian MacKenzie

    It is no surprise that the ABC is promoting this unfolding tragedy. After all they’re still the only government funded body to have ever promoted pedophilia. If a woke meme is out there to be promoted, the ABC is up for the challenge and prepared to sacrifice any minor in order to signal its virtue.
    Frankly I’m ashamed that taxes I’ve payed have helped fund this appalling travesty of a national broadcaster.

  • Stephen Due

    The widespread support among doctors for transgender procedures, abortion and euthanasia will eventually erode the public’s faith in the medical profession. The fact that a doctor is perfectly willing to destroy your unborn baby, or mutilate your child, or assist in bringing about the deaths your elderly relatives, does not exactly inspire confidence. In fact it shows that the profession has abandoned its sacred calling to protect the life and bodily integrity of the patient. When doctors no longer adhere to the Hippocratic principles and Christian moral standards that have protected the public and exalted the profession for over two thousand years, they are losing their most valuable asset. They are reducing themselves to the status of mechanics who dish out drugs and implement procedures. Once a doctor becomes just another merchant of therapies, the relationship with the patient is degraded beyond recall, and with that will go the prestige and trust that was earned and carefully guarded by many previous generations.

  • Stephen Due

    STD re “transgender is just another growth industry. Yes, and it is also a brutal form of scientific experimentation on people who are not told the ‘treatment’ is experimental – and who are essentially incapable of giving informed consent because in principle they cannot fully understand what the consequences are going to be. This is what happens when reality goes out the window and the minds of people in power are taken over by a perverse ideology.

  • gareththomassport

    Stephen you are spot on regarding the medical profession.
    As a 40 year medical veteran I am frequently appalled at the views of younger doctors regarding transgenderism, euthanasia and abortion. Conservative views are seen as outdated and not taken seriously. Unfortunately our medical schools, like other university faculties, are largely responsible in inculcating our young doctors with post-modernist ideology. The teaching of actual medicine takes a back seat.

  • STD

    Stephen and garethomassport , totally agree.
    Do we even know what it is to be human anymore. I think of Malcolm Muggeridge’s book on Mother Teresa- SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL FOR GOD
    Left wing and amoral( immoral )corporate dogma have commodified every waking inch of people’s lives. We don’t bring warmth or compassion to people’s lives we actually divest them of the remaining vestiges of hope.
    We have arrived at that point ,the rejected stone the builder thought was a waste of time and effort.
    The vanity of the self beguiles the immeasurable value of real human worth – true nature…. in other words the measurable (quantity) judges the immeasurable (quality).

  • STD

    “The depravity of man is at once the most empirical verifiable reality, but at the same time the most intellectually resistant fact.” Malcolm Muggeridge .
    But there is hope…..
    “Every happening great and small , is a parable whereby God speaks to us , and the art of life is to get the message” Malcolm Muggeridge.
    If my memory serves me as it should ,Malcolm Muggeridge was ignorant of God (agnostic) before coming round to the reality of the creators gist.

  • Harry Lee

    Now here’s good news:
    The ALP has announced -on its own media platforms, the ABC and SBS- that the ALP’s next parliamentary leader will have these main characteristics:
    Multi-gendered; person-of-several colours; essentially parasitic; deeply resentful that their family of origin did not endow them with power, social prestige, and money; with experience in promoting anti-Westernism; and zero capability in empiricism, just good wokeist-style virtuousity.
    And several Green politicians have already announced that they will switch to the ALP, in expectation of being handed the top job.
    Runners up will be handed senior sinecures in other ALP-affiliated entities -including the unions, the public services, the legal system, and the ALP/union-controlled superannuation fund.

  • STD

    Harry your being naughty.
    Superannuation caught my i .
    Super is a scam- it is quarantined income- someone is telling us what we can do with our money. Furthermore we lend our money to mandated people who charge us for the privilege.

  • guilfoyle

    Amazing article- thank you. You touch on a few issues that get me thinking: First, the reference to ‘broken homes’ belies the play on pride and self- affirmation that our culture provides the generation who insist that children are happier when parents divorce than in unhappy marriage. While nobody disputes that a violent home is one to be avoided/fled from, the reality is that a sexual revolution generation of men who have not viewed marriage as the commitment for life that it is, and a generation of women who view their husbands as the enemy of their fulfilment and who are more than willing to trade a perfectly good husband for another, has resulted in two generations of traumatised children. All this is completely unacknowledged by (my) generation who seem to think it is perfectly acceptable to expect their kids to parent them through their divorces and never complain.
    The second issue is, again, bemusement as to why we fund the ABC, which seems to see its role as the purveyor of propaganda. It is perfectly feasible for the federal government to make it subscription, surely?
    The third issue is this: the idea of ‘gender reassignment ‘ was first promulgated by a colleague of Kinsey, Dr Money (both of whom were paedophiles). Money conducted cruel and horrific experiments on two twins, one of whom he changed sex and both of whom committed suicide. The gender experiments conducted by Dr McHugh at Johns Hopkins University were discontinued in the early 1980’s because studies showed that they were a complete failure as far as the mental health of the patients was concerned. Gender reassigned have a huge likelihood of suicide – this is not a fact that can be dismissed by political platitudes whereby the fault is sheeted to ‘society and acceptance’. To perpetrate these programs is to participate in an evil manipulation of the lives of these young people.

    These factors (which have been known since the 1980’s) are never mentioned by any media outlet, even though Dr McHugh has been vocal in his views on the process and even though the facts about Kinsey et al are also publicly available. So, if the ABC were the ‘investigative’ body they claim to be, with the ‘courage’ they claim to have, (or, at least claim Louise Milligan has), they would investigate and report on matters that cut across the claims of the powerful, rather than using their privilege of a tax-payer funded public voice to impose untruths and to mandate that the population both subscribe to these untruths and affirm them.

  • Elizabeth Beare

    “I can help this [natal girl] child have a boy’s body … how many people can do that?”
    This woman should be called Dr. Mengele. She is equally as deluded, immoral and grandiose.
    She is clearly impervious to the scientific literature, holding only her own opinion, a political one.
    The ABC have done a terrible disservice to Australian children with this pandering piece.

  • john.lyndon

    If the bias of the ABC concerns you, have a read of the Trans@School guide for students published by the Queensland Human Rights Commission.
    https://www.qhrc.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/24629/QHRC_TransAtSchool_forstudents.pdf
    In part it says:
    “Toilets and change room facilities.
    You have the right to use toilets and change rooms that match your gender identity.
    There is no legal basis to deny a student access to a toilet that matches their gender identity.

    Gender fluid and non-binary students should be allowed to use the toilet facilities that they feel are appropriate and safe for them, understanding that this choice may change depending on the day and how safe they feel at the time.

    Gender-specific activities, camps and excursions.
    Schools sometimes organise events and activities where girls and boys attend separate classes, such as classes for sex and relationship education, sexual health, and sporting activities. You have the right to attend with the group that matches your gender identity.

    For overnight events such as camps, you have the right to access the same sleeping facilities as other students of your affirmed gender, if you choose to do so and feel safe in the circumstances. In advance of the camp you might want to tell the school which peers you feel most comfortable with.

    If you are a gender fluid or non-binary student, you should communicate with the school about the group with which you would be most comfortable and feel the safest.

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