Community members have agreed that improving medical services, identity recognition, education and training are priority areas for Australia’s sex and gender diverse community.

In the first meeting of minds on issues facing the sex and gender diverse community, a group of people representing a range of interests and community organisations met on June 18 and 19 as part of the National LGBTI Health Alliance’s first national roundtable on the topic.

Alliance diverse sex and gender working group convenor Peter Hyndal said the meeting was historic.

“For the first time in Australia, transgender, intersex, and other people of diverse sex and gender, along with those working on their behalf, have gathered to discuss a program for change,” Hyndal said.

“There have been a number of positive developments in recent years, there are still a large number of reforms required to ensure equal and appropriate treatment for all people of diverse sex and gender.”

The group developed an action program for key areas including health, the law, and social services. The meeting was held at the Australian Human Rights Commission in Sydney. A report will be released on the discussions.

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