A new group for intersex and/or gender diverse (ISGD) Victorians has been set up and members are set to attend their first rally in Canberra on May 11.

Still Fierce Melbourne — based on the Sydney group of the same name — has called for ISGD Melburnians and their supporters to attend what will be the first national rally for intersex and gender diverse rights.

ISGD is a recently coined term that stands for intersex, sex and/or gender diverse people including those who are transsexed, transsexual, transgendered, cross-dressers, androgynous, genderqueer, without sex and gender identity, and people with sex and gender culturally specific differences.

The term is being used instead of transgender, transsexual, intersex and cross-dressers in an attempt to unite gender diverse people to become a more inclusive and visible collective.

Still Fierce Melbourne say they are interested in political lobbying for ISGD rights at a national level and to raise awareness of the issues ISGD people face in the wider community.

The Melbourne chapter held their first ‘no label’ picnic at the Edinburgh Gardens, Fitzroy last month to celebrate the second International Intersex, Sex and/or Gender Diverse Day.

The group plans to head to Canberra, joining with their Sydney counterparts, to call on the  Gillard Government to implement recommendations made in the 2009 Australian Human Rights Commission’s Sex Files Report.

The group will also call for full Medicare funding for medical and psychological procedures for ISGD people, an improvement to federal laws to protect ISGD people from discrimination and full marriage rights.

A bus from Melbourne to the rally in Canberra is being organised. Tickets start at $20.

To confirm a seat on the bus or find out more information about the rally, email stillfiercemelbourne@gmail.com

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