Film tells transgender story

Australian actress, writer and transgender rights advocate Georgie Stone. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health’s WayOut program will be hosting a free screening of the short documentary, The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone on Thursday, October 26.

The film looks back at the actor and writer’s life, her historic fight for transgender rights, and will be followed by a panel discussion.

The panel will be made up of parents and carers of trans, gender diverse and non-binary (TGDNB) young people, speakers with lived experience and professionals working with TGDNB youth.

WayOut senior worker Mez Lanigan said TGDNB young people need agency over their own bodies, narratives and lives.

“We know the benefits to health and wellbeing when young people are supported to safely explore their gender identity and expression in an affirming environment,” Mez said.

“It is up to us all as families, community members and services to respect and advocate for the voices of gender diverse young people.

“While we know that each individual’s journey is unique, we hope that having the opportunity to listen to and speak with our panel members, will help people in their own journeys.”

The event will be held from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, and is aimed at parents, carers and guardians, youth workers, school staff, other relevant professionals and young people.

It will include light refreshments prior to the screening, and is free thanks to funding from a VicHealth Big Connect grant.