UPDATE: Harmful SA parliamentary inquiry withdrawn!
Independent MLC Frank Pangallo has officially withdrawn his motion proposing a Parliamentary inquiry into gender affirming care!
Thanks to the SA Labor Party, the SA Greens and Michelle Lensink MLC who publicly committed to voting down the inquiry, the motion lacks the numbers to pass the Legislative Council.
We thank all MLCs who trusted the medical experts and listened to the voices of trans and gender diverse South Australians.
Most importantly, this wouldn’t have happened without the members of our community who stood up for what matters!
Since the motion was first announced in November, over 1,200 South Australians signed our petition calling out the unnecessary dangers of this inquiry.
Your support provided us with a platform to amplify trans and gender diverse voices, the very people who are impacted most by this debate, through mainstream media.
While we know this isn’t the last of debates like this, we’re proud to see our community come together to protect trans kids and we’re committed to continuing to stand up for an inclusive, healthy and safe South Australia.
Thank you for all you do.
We need life saving gender affirming care to be accessible for all trans and gender diverse South Australians.
Everyone deserves to be supported to live as their authentic and best self.
For trans and gender diverse people this often means getting help from health professionals to medically affirm who they are, for example through hormones, affirming therapy and other supports.
While health and medical professional currently provides safe quality care in line with evidence based Stanadards of Care, trans and gender diverse South Australians face continued politicisation of their healthcare.
We need our political leaders to make gender affirming healthcare accessible for trans and gender diverse South Australians who need it.
What’s happened on this issue?
Our communities have advocated for many years for the South Australian Government to improve gender affirming health services for trans and gender diverse people across our State. Check out the below timeline of key events.
7 February 2024
Harmful parliamentary inquiry defeated
After SA Labor Party, SA Greens and Hon Michelle Lensink MLC publicly committed to oppose it, the Hon. Frank Pangallo MLC withdrew his parliamentary motion to establish an inquiry into young people seeking assistance for gender dysphoria in South Australia.
Feb 6, 2024
Health professionals & human rights experts reject harmful motion
We released a joint statement along with health professionals, human rights experts and parents to call on South Australian MLCs to vote down the harmful and unnecessary parliamentary motion into gender affirming care.
Together we amplified the voices of trans and gender diverse folk in mainstream media like Jace who shared their story of accessing gender affirming care as a teenager with 9 News.
15 November 2023
Motion for parliamentary inquiry
The Hon. Frank Pangallo MLC tabled a parliamentary motion to establish an inquiry into young people seeking assistance for gender dysphoria in South Australia.
Sep 1, 2023
Model of Care releasedAfter years of advocacy from trans and gender diverse communities, the South Australian Government announced the Statewide Gender Diversity Model of Care for the delivery of gender health services for people who are TGDNB or gender questioning in South Australia.
Jun 1, 2022
Meeting with Health Minister
Trans community advocates met with Health Minister Chris Picton MP. SA Health released their draft model of care later that day, with proposed funding for services to be confirmed.
Mar 8, 2022
We wrote to all political parties in the lead up to the 2022 SA State Election.
"Labor supports improved access to healthcare for trans and gender diverse South Australians. We condemn the Marshall Liberal Government's inaction in response to SARAA and Transcend SA's continued advocacy to improve awareness of and access to these services in South Australia - despite the clear recommendation of doctors."
- Premier elect Peter Malinauskas,Letter to SA Rainbow Advocacy Alliance, 8 February 2022
Vision for SA Pride
We released our Vision for SA Pride, a unified vision of LGBTIQA+ inclusion and equality for South Australia informed by voices of over 600 LGBTIQA+ South Australians and their allies.
80% of respondents rated gender affirming healthcare as an extremely or very important priority.
Sep 1, 2021
SA Health project update
SA Health published an update on the development of the statewide gender diversity model of care, reflecting outcomes from community consultation.
Jul 1, 2021
LGBTIQA+ priorities report
We released our LGBTIQA+ Community Advisory Group report to government, outlining gender affirming care as a key priority for improvement.
May 1, 2021
Public consultation begins
SA Health hosted a Statewide Gender Diversity model of care workshop attended by representatives from SARAA and the trans and gender diverse community discussing their healthcare needs.
Feb 6, 2024
No budget allocation
SARAA wrote again to then Minister for Health expressing our disappointment in the lack of action in regards to healthcare for trans and gender diverse young people following the 2020-21 State Budget. Yet again, we received no response.
SA Health business case
May 23, 2020
Letter to Minister Wade
Commissioner for Children and Young People SA released the First Port of Call Report calling for gender affirming health services to be made available when children need them, along with greater visibility, training and information about gender diversity in healthcare.