1st Sex and Gender Diversity (SGD) Human Rights and Dignity Conference –Australasia. 2011 - Sydney Friday 2nd December , 2011
Redfern Community Centre, The Block, Sydney
Easy transport links
Opening speaker Norrie May-Welby

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Sex and/or gender diverse (SGD) people are made up from many differing groups including people who are intersex, transexed, transsexual, transgendered, androgynous, without sex and gender identity, cross dressers and people with sex and gender culturally specific differences. They are people who experience variations in physical presentation and social behavior that is other than stereotypically male or female. Each group may have its own physical, psychological, social, legal and political issues that may not necessarily relate to any of the other groups.

The conference is presently being organised by the Australian Sex and/or Gender Diverse Alliance (ASAGDA) a group of organisations working in coordination with each other.

Admission fees and sponsored by The Australian Health & Education Centre
Admission all day $30, unwaged $15, Government sponsored organisation $200 (up to 4 entries and may have a stall)

To book follow the steps
1/ Pay the relevant fee into this bank account.
ANZ online saver account name Tracie Fances O’Keefe. Branch Broadway ANZ Sydney. BSB number 012030. Account number 262232864. Profits from admission fees will go to a door ticket prize for a disabled SGD person. (Tracie only collects the money for the prize as this is a not for profit event.)
2/ Send to our email address a copy of the online receipt.
3/ A description of what entrance fee you are paying and for how many people.
4/ Whether you require a stall.
5/ State what workshop you are booking for and whether you are attending the opening and/or the plenary. The opening has a capacity for 100 people. In the morning there are three workshops at a time with capacity of 50 people in each workshop. In the afternoon there are two workshops at a time with a capacity of 50 people each. The plenary has a capacity for one hundred people. You can only nominate your workshop when you book and it is first served first allocated.
6/If you want to you can give us 20 words about yourself that can go into the attendance programme, including name, where you are from and why you are attending. This is optional.

Due to logistics we are unable to accept cash booking
Food and refreshment included

Norries Bio: I've been active in social justice movements since being a flamboyant queen at university, when homosexuality was illegal, and joined the management committee of the Gender Centre after staying there before and after sex change surgery. I became critical of the models used to oppress sex or gender diversity when I realised the binary was a hoax, after reading Anne Faust-Sterling's “The Five Sexes”. The NSW Registrar of BDM recognised my sex as non-specific, but this is now under legal dispute. In the meantime, I picked up the first Australian passport under the new rules with “sex: X”.
8:30am Registration
9:00am Acknowledgement to country: Rusty Nannup
9:20am Community healing
9:30am Workshop Children And Youth Workshop
Mish Glitter Pony & Vanessa Fuller-Lewis
Bio:Mish Glitter Pony is a young trans* womanesque queer sex worker activist. this year they were the elected international sex worker spokesperson for scarlet alliance, australian sex workers association, as well as holding the title of whore of the year as elected by their peers. they have presented at numerous conferences around australia on trans and sex worker issues. they are a founding member of still fierce, sydney sex and/or gender diverse collective, and have also done work with young people through ACON and twenty10. more recently they attended the international congress on AIDS in the Asia Pacific in south korea, and have been working with the sex worker organisation in papua new guinea.
9.30am Workshop
Workshop coordinators
Legal changes
Tracie O’Keefe
Natalie Ross
Bio:Tracie O’Keefe is a sex educator, researchers, therapist and campaigner for the rights of sex and/or gender diverse people for over forty years. In the UK she was part of the campaigning group Press 4 Change fighting for rights of transsexual and transgender people. In the 2001 after coming to Australia she was a founding member of Sex and/or Gender Education (SAGE (Australia) a group that campaigns for the civil rights of all sex and/or gender diverse people. She is an intersexed and transexed women in an eighteen year relationship with her partner the journalist Katrina Fox and author and editor of books and articles on sex and/or gender diversity. For more information about me, please visit my website at
9.30am Workshop
Religion and Spiritual
Sujay Kentlyn
Norrie May Welby
Karl Hand
Bio:Sujay Kentlyn is the newly-appointed Health Policy Officer at the National LGBTI Health Alliance in Sydney, with a particular focus on Ageing, and Sex and Gender Diversity. Zie is also a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the University of Queensland, looking at the emergence and negotiation of Genderqueer identities. Previously zie conducted training in sexuality, sex and gender for health care and community sector workers throughout Queensland, and was secretary of Freedom! Gender Identity Association. Sujay was married to a Pentecostal pastor for 22 years and was a missionary in the Philippines. Zie has two adult children and is the doting grandparent of four-year-old Zachary.
11:00am Break - Cheescake by rubyfruit Boutique Bakery
11:30am Workshop Service Providers
Gender Centre - Katherine Cummings
ACON - Russ Gluyas
Bio:Katrina Fox is a freelance writer and editor who has been in a relationship with a trans woman, Tracie O’Keefe, for 18 years. Katrina has written extensively for the gay, lesbian and queer media locally and internationally since the 1990s. She is the co-author of the book Trans-X-U-All and the editor of three other books covering sex and/or gender diversity and sexuality
Bio:*Mish Sparks is an urban Koori woman and media producer at MOD Productions,
the creative studio she founded with her partner, Michela Ledwidge. She has
been in a sustaining transgendered relationship for 14 years and married in
the UK but struggles with the loophole and the privileging of some
relationships over others. She has a background in community development and
health promotion, program management and activism, as well as in insurance
and finance. For her spirit she loves walking in nature and singing with
Block Harmony, a community singing group that grew out of Redfern Community
Centre. *
2:00pm SGD Sex Workers
Mish Glitter Pony

3:30pm Break - Cake by Addiction Food

3:50pm Discussion Panel "What We Need as SGD for the Future"
Panel Members: Mish Glitter Pony, Rusty Nannup, Simon Maynard

Simon Maynard is a disabled trans guy from Victoria. Have worked in disability services and runs a charity helping kids in crisis "Bears who Care". Currently a Consumer representative and advocate in Ballarat's Mental Health system. Very interested in meeting and sharing with other people, as I live in a small rural town so I am usually isolated from this kind of thing. Looking to take Conor’s challenge up here in Victoria as I can't have a hysterectomy in the public hospital system as it's not medically necessary, and can't afford to pay for one privately

5:20pm Closing performance by sex and/or gender diverse people – Freedom song

5:30pm Conference close.
We acknowledge and pay tribute to the 1love Conference that will be held on Sunday the 4th. December and the rally for Equal Marriage on the 3rd.
If you would like a volunteer at the conference please contact us.
Bio:Pastor Karl Hand is the pastor of CRAVE Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), and has also been a pastor at MCC Sydney. He is a doctoral candidate and sessional lecturer at the School of Theology in Charles Sturt University. He is an activist, who has been on the organizing committees of Community Action Against Homophobia in Sydney and in the Blue Mountains, and was also a member of the NoToPope Coalition. Karl is a cisgendered gay man, who hopes to bring to the panel some experience about surviving discrimination from spiritual and religious groups without losing faith.
11:30am Partners & Families
Katrina Fox
Mish Sparks
Bio:Katherine Cummings is a freelance writer and editor who has been a transgender activist since 1986, when she transitioned. Her autobiography, _Katherine’s Diary_ won the Australian Human Rights Award for Non-Fiction in 1992. She is currently employed by the NSW Gender Centre, as a resources/information worker, and edits the quarterly magazine _Polare_ for the Gender Centre. She takes part in gender-related events when she can and guest- lectures to university and TAFE college classes on the subject of transgender and related topics. She has a simple mind and keeps her voice down, no matter how passionate her views.
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9:05am Conference opening Norrie May Welby
Rusty Bio:I am a Noongar / Yatjarri identified women my sir name is Nannup and its from the language of my fathers people who are Noongar. I was raised in the country of my mother who is a strong Yatjarri women we following of the women ‘s side of the tribe. My life was no different from all of my females in the family. As I was told by a male relative that I was always like this and that you are still the same. I have found out that I am the mother of 2 adult son’s who have given me 5 grand son’s and 2 grand daughter’s and I count my self a very lucky lady. I have lived my life to the fullest and have no regrets. I am 50 year’s of age and I feel very comfortable in my own skin and what I have in life. The achievements that that I worked hard for is nothing than being a parent and a grand mother. they love me and I love them
11:30am Workshop Disability Services
Matthew Bowden
Bio:Matthew Bowden has worked for over 20 year in the areas of disability, sexuality, gender diversity and human rights in the UK and Australia. He has undertaken work specifically relating to HIV and the sexual and reproductive health of people with disability in various roles through training, education, counselling, policy development, health promotion, resource development and advocacy. Matthew is currently an Executive Director in People with Disability Australia’s Leadership Team, heading up their individual advocacy work in New South Wales and Queensland.
1:00pm Lunch by Black Rose Freegans’

2:00pm Mental Health
Tracie O'Keefe
Trish Kench
Bio:Trish Kench is a Registered Nurse with a Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing. She trained originally as a psychologist and this equipped her well for her subsequent careers in investment banking and charitable fundraising. Now, as a mental health nurse, Trish is philosophically, politically and practically passionate about improving the service experience and outcomes of S/G diverse identified service users.
Bio:Natalie Ross is a Senior Solicitor and Team Leader at Redfern Legal Centre. Her main area of work is discrimination law.
Natalie has worked and volunteered in NSW community legal centres since the mid 1980s. She was a management committee member of the NSW Disability Discrimination Legal Centre when it first opened in the early 1990s. When she was Principal Solicitor at Inner City Legal Centre from 2002 to 2008 she had a significant discrimination practice for gay and lesbian clients and gender diverse clients. She has also worked as an Investigation and Conciliation Officer at the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Bio: Russ Gluyas has been a counsellor with ACON's After Hours Counselling Program for 3 years and is currently Co-Manager of Counselling and Enhanced Care Services at ACON. Russ maintains a private practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist in Waterloo seeing a diverse range of people. Russ is a cisgendered gay man with an ongoing desire to better understand all the challenges and concerns faced by Sex and Gender Diverse people.
Bio:Vanessa Fuller-Lewis is a Casework Specialist with Family and Community Services, based in Strawberry Hills. She has worked within the agency for 10 years and has held various roles including Caseworker, Manager Casework, Senior Policy Officer, Senior Project Officer and Casework Specialist. In her current role she works with staff to improve the quality of casework and develop their professional skills, in order to improve outcomes for children and families.