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Georgie Stone calls for better protection for transgender people amid uptick in hate speech

Trans activist and actor Georgie Stone has called on governments around the nation to do more to protect transgender Australians.

Stone said a recent uptick in hate speech against the trans community has made her genuinely fearful for her safety.

Speaking at the National Press Club, she said governments needed to act now to ensure there were protections for the transgender community from hate speech and ensure easier access to gender-affirming healthcare.

Stone and her mum successfully removed one barrier from the process in 2017 when they successfully challenged a rule giving the family court say over if a young trans person could begin cross-sex hormones.

Before puberty, gender affirming healthcare consists of things like accepting a child's gender and respecting their preferred name and clothing choices.

Then, just prior to adolescence, people can seek to go on completely reversible puberty blockers and after at least 12 months on blockers, and if they're over 16, they may then be able to take cross-sex hormones.

Before 2017, young trans people had to get approval from the family court for this but Stone and her mum successfully managed to get that changed.

During her address Stone again called for legal change, this time to the requirement that young people need permissions from both parents for gender affirming healthcare. 

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