A joint statement from MCRI and the RCH

We are proud to lead Australia’s largest clinical and research program providing care for trans children, adolescents and their families, and investigate their long-term health outcomes.

In light of recent displays of hatred in Melbourne, we affirm our belief that no child should experience discrimination or the threat of discrimination.

Through our research and clinical work we know trans and gender diverse children and adolescents are some of the most vulnerable in our community. They need and deserve our support, our respect, our affirmation and our protection.

Any action that leads to their exclusion and increases their vulnerability will likely cause unacceptable harm.

We must speak up. We call out and reject intolerance and vilification.

We celebrate our society’s diversity, and stand with our trans patients, research participants, their families, our colleagues and the broader trans community.

More information on how trans and gender diverse children and adolescents can be supported is available:

To speak to a Lifeline Crisis Supporter, phone 13 11 14
To speak to the Kids Helpline, phone 1800 55 1800
To speak with an LGBTQIA+ peer counsellor, contact Rainbow Door 1800 729 367

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