Yesterday the WA Parliament removed outdated laws that forced Trans people to divorce if they wished to update their birth certificate to reflect their gender identity. In the old system, Transgender people who applied to have their birth certificate updated to their affirmed gender could not remain married. Ever since the Marriage Equality Laws were passed the Trans community and advocates have been campaigning to rectify this situation. The law has finally been changed!
The festive season can be a lovely time, but for many people it can be stressful, exhausting, may trigger depression or anxiety or be a reminder of grief and loss. Click this link from Psychology Today on surviving the festive season. In addition to those tips, I would also add to be mindful of not allowing perfectionistic tendencies to take over, particularly if you know you are a people pleaser and get anxious about trying to make everybody else happy. In all likelihood, the demands of family get togethers and managing different personalities or relationships mean you won’t be able to make everyone happy anyway! Try to focus instead on keeping it simple for yourself. Try to also be kind to yourself and recognise that this time might also bring feelings of grief or sadness, especially if you have lost someone or can’t help comparing how things are now to how things maybe used to be (or an idealised idea of how you’d like them to be).
All that being said, hope you enjoy yourself whether that be with family, friends, or something else.
Please note that Lovell Psychology will be closed over the festive period from 24 December through to the 7 January.
If you require assistance during this time, you may find these resources helpful:
Lifeline 13 11 14
Crisis Care 08 9223 1111 or 1800 199008 (for outside Perth metropolitan area)
If you feel unsafe, go to the hospital emergency department. If life is in immediate danger call 000.
We already know that LGBTIQ young people face much higher rates of mental health issues than their non queer peers. A part of this at least is likely due to discrimination or fear of discrimination. The last thing young LGBTIQ youth need is a public debate about whether Private Religious Schools should have the legal right to exclude students and teachers based on sexuality or gender identity. I can’t believe we’re even having this debate in contemporary Australia, knowing what we know about the risk factors for mental health, suicide or self-harm for LGBTIQ youth. This from an article in Junkee.com published yesterday.
“Most of all we need to remind the nation that Australia is a better place for having anti-discrimination laws, and we will be a better place still when we improve those laws to offer ever more protection for vulnerable people.”
This morning our Prime Minister tweeted a very harmful tweet regarding Transgender children:
“We do not need ‘gender whisperers’ in our schools. Let kids be kids.”
His tweet was reportedly in response to an article in The Daily Telegraph. It concerns me when news publications and Politicians promote inaccurate and harmful information about transgender identity and care. However, Sam Langford from Junkee published this piece, which is informative and well researched in response. I can’t say any of it any better myself, so instead I’ll just post the article here.
Juliette returned from Maternity leave in early 2018. She is practicing part-time from West Perth Medical Centre on Mondays and Wednesdays. Juliette has previously practiced in Como, O’Connor and Attadale.