Wednesday, 02 December 2015

New book helps young children understand gender diversity

A new picture book for children is helping kids and their families understand gender diversity and deal with the issues faced by transgender children.

The Gender Fairy, which was presented for the first time yesterday at St Kilda Primary School, was written by local author Jo Hirst, the parent of a transgender child at the school.

The book tells the story of two transgender children who are educated and comforted by a fairy who talks to them about the importance of being true to who you are. The story approaches the subject with insight and simplicity, helping to start a conversation around what it means to be transgender.

The Gender Fairy also highlights issues around gender identity, such as gender stereotyping, and how they can be overcome through the support of family, friends and the community.

Designed as an educational resource for both children and adults, the book has been endorsed by Dr Michelle Telfer MBBS, Paediatrician Director at The Royal Children’s Hospital Gender Service.

To access services and support for parents of transgender children visit
Learn about Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights or the Fair go, Sport! program, promoting gender and sexual diversity in sporting clubs and schools.