Launch of landmark Transgender children’s book – The Gender Fairy

The Gender Fairy Jo HIrstMinister for Equality Martin Foley has launched a new children’s book designed to increase understanding of the lives of transgender children.

“Transgender children should never face any prejudice and they should be celebrated as much as any other child,” says Minister for Equality, Martin Foley. “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 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.

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.

The number of transitioning gender-diverse children using the Royal Children’s Hospital gender service has increased dramatically in recent years. The Andrews Labor Government is investing $6 million over four years to reduce waiting times at the hospital’s gender clinic.

The Andrews Labor Government is committed to providing support and services to trans and gender-diverse people and their families, said Minister Foley.

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Image: The Gender Fairy by Jo Hirst