Coffee with my J dude is a special treat. Yes we do ignore each other until the coffee arrives, focusing on the screens of our phones, but when the coffee hits the table we are all talk and focus. Yesterday we took some time to reflect on the amazing journey that we had this week.
I was so proud on Monday to stand with parents of transgender children at Parliament House as we talked to politicians about the urgent need to change the Family Law Act so that transgender children do not have to go to court to get permission to be treated by their physicians. It is no longer an issue that affects us, our journey however has never just been about us.
For the last three and a half years I have watched families struggle, I have seen marriages end, I have provided advice and support to those who struggle with single parenthood and a transgender child. I have held my hand out to young people who have become disconnected from their families. I have received support and love from people who have become friends that may be around the corner or on the other side of the world.
Last Monday was an amazing step for Australian transgender children. We participated in a formal event where we heard medical and legal information about what needs to change. Then we heard two moving stories from beautiful young women, one whose mother has fought for years and through her tenacity changed Australian law via a full bench of the Family Court challenge (and subsequent decision) for the benefit of all transgender children, then another for whom the clock is ticking and who needs the law to change for teens like her. Meeting these mothers was like homecoming, because at the very start of my journey I was connected to them by their stories. I was sitting in an office at the RCH and asked if Jeremy would just stop all this and go back to being normal. Instead I received reassurance and the story of these two families, de-identified. Last Monday I realised that it was the stories of these two families that helped give me the strength to keep going.
Over three years later we still keep going, because there is so much to do. Access to appropriate treatment for transgender youth in Australia for a start, agitating for the removal of treatment of gender identity disorder from the list of special medical procedures in the Family Law Act,many conversations need to be had. But there are many voices to join me.
As part of this week’s spectacular events Jeremy spoke openly on radio about what not being able to access cross hormone treatment did to him physically and emotionally. He was joined by the awesome Georgie, please, enjoy. Life Matters – 22022016