UNBiased – Dharshi Harindra

Dharshi Harindra|11/4/2022 All of us carry our own biases. They are a product of our environment, our upbringing, and our lived experiences. Through guest interviews and their stories, UNBiased explores the way bias affects the lives of others, and what we can do to address it. This week’s guest on UNBiased podcast  is Michelle Sheppard,... Continue Reading →

Mish’s Mission – RADIO TODAY

 October 6, 2022 Sarah Patterson Reporter It was almost a decade ago now that Michelle Sheppard was first interviewed on Melbourne community radio station Joy 94.9 FM about her lived experience as a transgender woman. Michelle – aka Mama Mish – tells Radio Today “As soon as I walked out of the room, they were like ‘Can you come back? Can you stay?’” “I ended... Continue Reading →

Duty to Promote Gender Equality

“Don’t judge me by what I am, but by who I am” Building organisational awareness is key to gaining employee buy-in, support and engagement with proposed actions to address intersectional gender inequality. Organisations should use a multipronged approach via executives and senior leaders, employee-wide engagement, and through the voices of employees with intersectional attributes. Examples... Continue Reading →

This Is Her Life

Finding the woman within - Michelle Sheppard In this episode of <<This Is Her Life>>, we hear the raw and real story of Michelle Sheppard. Michelle has traversed the world of transitioning as all trans women do. Loving parent/ intelligent/ trans/ beautiful/ true to self. Just some of the words I’d use to describe Michelle,... Continue Reading →

“Happy Trans Awareness Week”

Transgender Awareness Week 2021 Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash I use that blog title with sarcasm because when it comes to Transgender Awareness Week there is nothing “happy” about it. I have woken up to private messages from people this week who I personally know who do see themselves as allies, and truly they are allies and... Continue Reading →

QUEER ISLAND DISCS

Michelle Sheppard is the latest member of our community off to the Queer Island. Momma Mish is well know for her work as a trans advocate in Australia for many years, but through 8 songs she took us back and told the story that got her to the place where she is now. Michelle held... Continue Reading →

Fitted for Work – improving career opportunities for transgender women

Fitted for Work - improving career opportunities for transgender women [Vision: Fitted for Workshop showing clothing, shoes and accessories] Martin Foley - Minister for Equality It’s a real pleasure to be joined by so many people who have at their heart a commitment to make sure that transgender diverse and non-binary women have the opportunity... Continue Reading →

The AFL’s gender diversity policy remains an apprehensive work in progress

The inclusion of transgender athletes in Australian sports leagues is an issue that sporting bodies are only just coming to terms with. In recent months, the Australian Human Rights Commission, in partnership with Sport Australia, has been working on national gender diversity guidelines, with sporting bodies awaiting their recommendations. However, the Australian Football League (AFL),... Continue Reading →

Patience and respect in AFL talks key to progress for trans footballers Michelle Sheppard

When working with the AFL, it is important to understand what you’re dealing with. There is 122 years of culture in a country whose identity has been shaped by organised sport, binary male-female environments with a lot of uncertainty and very little education on LGBTIQ+ lived experiences. When I migrated to Australia 16 years ago... Continue Reading →

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