A new children’s book designed to increase understanding of the lives of transgender children has been launched in Melbourne.
The Gender Fairy was written by author and parent of a transgender child, Jo Hirst, and tells the story of two transgender children who are taught by a fairy about the importance of being true to who you are.
The book has been designed as an educational resource for both children and adults, and has been endorsed by the paediatrician director at The Royal Children’s Hospital Gender Service, Dr Michelle Telfer. It tackles issues such as gender stereotyping, and how it can be overcome through the support of family, friends and the community.
Victorian Equality Minister Martin Foley helped launch the book at St Kilda Primary School today.
“Transgender children should never face any prejudice and they should be celebrated as much as any other child,” Minister Foley said.
“The Andrews Labor government is committed to providing support and services to trans and gender-diverse people and their families. It is wonderful to see The Gender Fairy children's book so warmly embraced by the local community, and the government will likewise continue to support diversity, fairness and equality."
The Victorian government is investing $6 million over four years to reduce waiting times at the hospital’s gender clinic.
Hirst said she will be bringing out another book next year explaining the gender spectrum to young children.