IQ2: Society Must Recognise Trans People’s Gender Identities

  • City Recital Hall 2 Angel Place Sydney NSW 2000 Australia

Presented by The Ethics Centre

This program will explore gender identity and subject matter which may be triggering for some people. If you or someone you know is feeling distressed, in need of support or would like to talk to someone, please contact:

  • Lifeline: 13 11 14 – for urgent support, 24/7
  • QLife Australia: 1800 184 527 – LGBTI counsellors 3pm to midnight
  • The Gender Centre: 02 9519 7599 – transgender counselling support 9am – 4.30pm
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636 – national 24/7 helpline  


Peter Hyndal: Society’s obsession with categorising people by gender unnecessarily limits all of our lives. Policing trans identities is damaging and prevents us from exploring these structures in more useful and complex ways.

Andrea James: Deeply held beliefs and subtle biases often hinder this ethical imperative. Overcoming these will lead to a healthier society where everyone is freed from oppressive gendered expectations.

John Haldane: What is reasonable to expect or demand in a liberal society? Diversity, comprising different cultures, traditions and value systems, restricts what social stance can be expected, let alone required.

Bronwyn Winter: Gender isn’t about personal identity, it’s social and political. It’s not about how you feel, it’s about how the two-caste system of gender serves the established order.


Peter Hyndal has been working with transgender communities since the 1990s. This work has included the development of award winning community projects  as well as direct involvement in law reform work such as the Australian Passport Policy and the ACT Change of Sex Provisions. Peter is the Director of Transformative Solutions, an organisation providing gender related policy advice and training.

Andrea James is a transgender advocate, writer, film producer and director based in Los Angeles. She appeared in the HBO documentary Middle Sexes, is a consulting producer on the series Transcendent and consults on productions featuring transgender characters such as Transamerica. Andrea’s writing has appeared in The Atlantic and book she co-edited, Letters For My Sisters.

John Haldane is a Professor of Philosophy at the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at Scotland’s University of St Andrews. He is a regular contributor in BBC programming, The Times and The Daily Telegraph (UK). John has authored and edited many books including An Intelligent Person's Guide to Religion, Faithful Reason: Essays Catholic and Philosophical and Atheism and Theism

Bronwyn Winter is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney specialising in gender, sexual orientation, race, human rights and feminism. Her books include Hijab and the Republic: Uncovering the French Headscarf Debate and September 11, 2001: Feminist Perspectives. The focus of her current work is LGBTI human rights and asylum rights, and a co-edited an anthology on the state and gay marriage.

Event Date: Thursday 3 March 2016
Event Time: 6.30pm to 8.00pm
Venue: City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place, Sydney NSW 2000
Running Time: 90 minutes, no interval
Ticket prices:

  • Adult $36
  • Pensioner $26
  • The Ethics Centre Members $26*
  • Unemployed $26
  • Student $16
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