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As You Are: A Trans Teen Story

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Earlier this year, in an interview for Australian Story, Melbourne teenager Georgie Stone described the confusion of her early childhood. She was a girl, inside the body of a boy. ‘I felt like a mythical creature,’ she said. ‘I wasn’t really real’.

For transgender and gender-diverse youth, the disparity between the way they see themselves and the way they are seen by others can be the cause of intense distress. In addition to that – and the prospect of bullying from their peers – transgender youth in Australia face a specific set of medical and legal hurdles. Australia is the only country in the world where it’s necessary to apply to court to access puberty-blocking hormones.

When Georgie was 11, she became the youngest person in this country to be granted this permission from the courts. Now a thriving 16-year-old, Georgie is fighting to spare other children and teenagers from the distress and cost of the court process.  

Georgie will be joined by her mother and founder of the Transcend support network, Rebekah Robertson,  Campbell Paul, a child psychiatrist specialising in gender dysphoria and host, Jacinta Parsons. Join us at the Wheeler Centre for a conversation with an exceptional young Australian about gender, courage and making history.

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Georgie Stone

Georgie Stone, 16, was the subject of the recent ABC TV Australian Story episode ‘About a Girl’ (2016) and the Four Corners report ‘Being Me’ (2014). Her landmark court case, Re: Jamie, changed how trans adolescents access medical support in Australia. Georgie is a determined advocate for tr... Read more

Rebekah Robertson

Rebekah Robertson founded Transcend – the first peer led nationwide support network for transgender children and their families – in 2012, and has been community building and advocating since 2007. She has been at the forefront of transforming the landscape for families of trans kids. Her daught... Read more

Campbell Paul

Associate Professor Campbell Paul is a consultant infant, child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, and Honorary Principal Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne. As a child psychiatrist at the Children’s Hospital, he has seen an... Read more

Jacinta Parsons

Jacinta Parsons is a broadcaster, writer and public speaker who currently hosts the Afternoon program on ABC Local Radio Melbourne. She released her debut memoir, Unseen: The Secret Life of Chronic Illness in 2020 and recently released her second book A Question of Age: Women, ageing and the forever... Read more

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176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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