Transgender Writers and Writers with Intersex Variations in Australia aims to increase, in Australia’s public conversations, the presence of writers who are transgender or who have intersex variations.
I released the first edition of this much-needed resource in September 2015. I compiled the list with assistance from writer Morgan Carpenter, who is also president of OII Australia, a national body by and for people with intersex variations.
The resource was initially created in response to a long-standing problem with major media reportage about transgender people and people with intersex variations: these conversations about us are frequently staged without us. In particular, we are rarely solicited as authors. Importantly, the resource also aims to put more trans and intersex voices, including those of emerging writers, into smaller publications and public arenas.
The document lists writers whose professional backgrounds span various fields – media and communications, academia, creative writing, health, and more. Since its release, the list has been requested by those working in the arts, publishing, and the media, including editors at book publishing houses and literary journals, literary festival directors, and producers of major radio shows. As well as increased awareness of writing talent, the use of the list has led to various public outcomes, such as the publication of commissioned essays in literary journals and the acquisition of a young adult novel by Echo Publishing.
In October 2017, I handed over the running of the list to Sydney-based writer Kaya Wilson. If you have any queries about the list (e.g., you are a writer who would like to be added to the list or you would like a copy of the list), please get in touch with Kaya via his Facebook page.Contact Kaya Wilson