Gender and gender identity is one of the most fraught issues of our time. We run into gender stereotypes everywhere from nursery rhymes to department store catalogues, and much of our lives is ordered around the categories of male and female - school uniforms, bathrooms, and Olympic sporting events are just a few examples.
But there’s a group of people for whom none of this is straightforward - people who experience gender dysphoria, and identify as transgender.
In this episode of Life & Faith, we explore this topic with Australian sexologist Dr Patricia Weerakoon in the broader context of identity, sexuality, and culture. Plus, we speak with “Joan” about her experience of gender dysphoria and what it’s like to live as a transgender woman.
If these conversations raise questions for you, cause any distress, or if you want to talk to someone about the issues we’ve discussed, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14, or use their online chat service at www.lifeline.org.au.