It is essential that students experiencing this situation are appropriately supported and the school is sensitive to the young person’s needs.
Transgender is a general term applying to individuals whose gender identity and experience does not match dominant cultural expectations about what it means to be male or female. This includes a person whose gender identity does not ‘match’ their physical/biological sex ‘assigned’ at birth, who may identify as ‘transsexual’.
Intersex refers to a characteristic of a person who is born with reproductive organs, genitalia and/or sex chromosomes that are not exclusively male or female. There are many different intersex states which may or may not be visible or diagnosed.
Western Australian Equal Opportunity Commission:
Other national government resources:
Complex Learning and Wellbeing
Statewide Services Centre
T: 9402 6133