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Trans and Gender Diverse Language Guide


ACON (AIDS Council of New South Wales)


The downloadable, simple and easy-to-share guide explains key terms and offers examples of preferred language that can help us build safer, more inclusive environments for TGD communities in Australia.

The resource has been developed by trans staff members at ACON and is being made available on Transgender Awareness Week, which culminates on Transgender Day of Remembrance.

ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill said the resource aims to provide support to TGD communities, as well as increase knowledge and understanding of service providers and employers.

“Trans and gender diverse communities are disproportionately affected by prejudice-motivated discrimination and violence,” Mr Parkhill said.

“We also know that the health and wellbeing outcomes of people with trans and gender experiences are directly related to transphobic stigma, prejudice, discrimination and abuse, including when incorrect language is used, often unknowingly.

“This new guide, developed by ACON’s trans staff members, aims to support communities, service providers and employers build their understanding of TGD communities and strengthen inclusive language.

“We know that many organisations in Australia want to get inclusion right for their trans and gender diverse staff, clients and service participants and this guide will support them in this important effort.”

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