The Victoria's Trans History Report provides an overview of the legislative, medical, and social histories of trans and gender diverse (TGD) people in Victoria.
The report explores:
structural and legal barriers that have disadvantaged TGD people
processes that led to legal, health and social reforms to improve the lives of transgender Victorians
strategies that transgender people deployed – either as individuals, within organisations or as activists – to challenge discrimination and support each other
successes and shortcomings of past reforms
changing priorities, challenges and needs of TGD people in Victoria
The main sources for the report come from:
oral history interviews with TGD Victorians, especially past and present activists
oral history interviews with health practitioners who played significant roles in the history of transgender healthcare provision in Victoria
newspaper reports, accessed through Trove (National Library of Australia), interview participants’ personal archives and online database Factiva
personal archives kept by activists, which include newspaper and magazine articles; organisational records from past and present transgender organisations (e.g. Seahorse Victoria, Transgender Victoria, Victorian Transsexual Coalition, YGender); correspondence with parliamentarians or bodies like the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission; committee minutes of LGBTIQ+ advisory groups or organisations
papers in the Public Records Office Victoria, National Archives of Australia and University of Melbourne Archives
mainstream newspapers, the LGBTIQ+ press and personal papers kept at the Australian Queer Archives (formerly Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives)
TGV operates across lands belonging to the Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung, Taungurong, Dja Dja Wurrung, and Wathaurung peoples of the Kulin Nation. Transgender Victoria pays its respects to Elders past, present, and emerging, and acknowledges that sovereignty has never been ceded.