Sexual Health Guide
Choosing what language best suits and represents our diverse communities is never a finished or final process. Only fairly recently, have we seen resources from interstate and on a national level targeted at Trans, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary communities, and historically we have not been seen in everyday health messaging. We saw a National Australian Transgender and Gender Diverse Sexual Health Survey conducted in 2018, which provided data to what our communities had been saying for a very long time, which was further confirmed in data from the Private Lives 3 and Writing Themselves in 4 reports.
However, we have noticed that a lot of the resources targeted to our communities are from international sources, and this doesn’t always reflect the needs and preferences of our communities in a local way. There also isn’t a defining list of terms accepted by everyone when talking about sexual activities or genitalia, regardless of where the resource is written and by whom. We have opted to use clinical/medical terms such as “vagina”, “penis” and “anus” when talking about genitalia and bodies. The reason we have done this is so you can get an idea of which parts of our bodies we are talking about.
We apologise if we have used language that may not reflect your body, identity and/or presentation, so please feel free to use your own terms as we want this information to be useable and relatable.
This is a safer sex guide for Transgender, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary people, their partners, lovers, and allies. This website aims to cover anyone and everyone within the Trans, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary communities and those that are making their own way through the world. We also acknowledge that it may not for some folk, we apologise if it does not do that for you. Resources such as this often evolve at a community level, feedback is welcome.
When it comes to safer sex, there aren’t many resources available for the Trans, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary communities especially within Australia. As a broad community, we need to be able to talk about our bodies, identities, and expressions, in a respectful, affirming, and relatable way, and be able to have open and honest conversations about who we are and what we want and need in different settings and environments.
This resource aims to raise awareness, assist in giving people language and improving health literacy when it comes to safer sex and sexual health. This resource has been created to be respectful of the diversity we have regarding our bodies, identities, expressions, and sexualities.