Trans women and cisgender men in intimate relationships can now see themselves reflected in a new online resource.

Last week, Transfemme, a new website to promote healthier relationships and to prevent violence against trans women, was launched by Victorian trans and gender diverse advocacy organisation, The Zoe Belle Gender Collective (ZBGC). The website was funded by Rainbow Health Victoria.

According to Starlady, Program Manager for ZBGC, this is the first such resource with “such a breadth of content that aim to change the behaviors of cis men who are romantically or sexually involved with trans women.”

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“We want trans women who date cis men to know that they are not alone in their experiences and deserve to be treated with respect [and] we want cis men to know that many men are attracted to or are in relationships with trans women, you are not alone,” she continues.

Call For Men To Be More Active Allies

Ultimately, for Starlady, the website issues a call to arms for men to be more active allies. She says, “Trans women are doing too much of the work to create social change and address our experiences of violence and discrimination, it’s time for men to step up and support us more openly.”

Acknowledging the purpose of the website, Jenni Shoring, Operations Manager for Canberra based trans and gender diverse community organisation, A Gender Agenda, says, “It is a resource that helps to reduce the stigma, to answer some of the uncomfortable questions, and empower trans women to be themselves. It supports trans women with regards to safety when considering relationships with cisgender men and  also helps to support cisgender men dispel some of the myths, and provide confidence and support to ensure safer, happier relationships with trans women.”

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In developing the website, the ZBGC interviewed diverse trans women and cis men in the Melbourne metropolitan area.

Mitigating Negative Stigma

Amao Leota Lu and Anastasia Le, trans community advocates wrote the racial stereotypes and objectification content for Transfemme.

Leota Lu hopes it will help mitigate “the negative stigma that is also attached to dating a trans individual, let alone the complexities of cultural nuances and… the high number of violence against trans women, in particular trans women of colour.”

Le stresses, “No matter the skin colours we come in, which village we came from, the hardships we have overcome, we all deserve loving and healthy relationships. We need to de-stigmatise relationships of diversity, period.”

Visit Transfemme at transfemme.com.au

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