Almost all discrimination and inequity stems from ignorance and misunderstanding. My philosophy is to address inequity and discrimination through the provision of information and through the telling of personal stories.
I was born in a small sugar cane growing town in North Queensland. From about the age of six, I knew I was different. I remember telling a group of boys, when I was eight that I was a girl. That did't go well, and I never spoke of it again.
By the time I was 25, I had learned about transgender people. I immediately recognised myself and knew I had to transition. I knew this would not be accepted by my father and so I made a pact with myself to transition only after he passed away.
I built a career and several businesses and got married. I forged a believable hyper-masculine identity based on the bushman skills of my father grandfather and uncle. By the time I was 50, I had been suffering depression for a decade at least. It finally became anxiety and panic attacks that were inescapable. My partner and I lost our business, our personal wealth and our marriage. We do however remain best of friends who support each other possibly better than we ever did.
In August 2015 I began my medical transition. In late November 2015, I flew to Sydney presenting as a man- it was a Friday. On the following Monday, I began working in my affirmed gender. My time in Sydney has been incredibly positive. Life is never without challenges as a transgender woman but mostly life is great.
I also run the Trans Employment Program Australia and the associated #EmployTrans campaign.
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