Transgender Victoria (TGV) was founded in the late 1990s to achieve justice, equity and quality health and community service provision for trans and gender diverse (TGD) people, their partners, families and friends. TGV educates organisations and workplaces on how to provide better services for TGD people, and seeks ways to provide direct services to the TGD community, whether in partnership with others or independently.
TGV also works with and for the TGD community to create positive change in human rights and policy development. We represent the TGD community in challenging discrimination and assist in the empowerment of TGD people so that they may lead full and meaningful lives.
TGV recognises the right of each and every member of the TGD community to equality in all areas of life including housing, education, work, health services and legal representation. Since we began, TGV have been pivotal in raising awareness of issues that affect TGD people; TGV remains dedicated to facilitating social and legislative change on behalf of the TGD community.
The TGV committee celebrates diversity within the TGD community and the communities of its allies. While TGV does not represent people experiencing intersex, we have a strong relationship with intersex organisations such as Organisation Intersex International Australia and Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group Australia Inc.
Who does TGV refer to when referring to trans and gender diverse people?
TGV uses TGD as an umbrella term to describe people whose gender identity or expression is different from that which was assigned at birth, or that which is expected of them by society. All people have a right to express the gender with which they identify. TGD people however, often experience discrimination due to ignorance around gender diversity, and/or an expression of gender that varies from society's expectations.
TGV also acknowledges that each person does, and has to right to, express their gender in a way that represents their sense of self. This may be male, female or somewhere in between.
Some people may make a permanent physical transition through medical processes such as surgeries and hormones, while other forms of gender expression may be achieved by a legal change of name, or by changing their style of dress.
There is no one 'correct' or 'complete' way for TGD people to express themselves. Choices may be made dependent upon a range of factors including health, finances or personal preference. TGD people include (but are not limited to) those who describe themselves as trans, transgender, transsexual, FTM (female to male), MTF (male to female), genderqueer, transman, transwoman, boi, crossdresser, androgynous, third gendered, two spirited, Sistagirl / Brotherboy.