STREAM
IQ2 Debate

DATE & TIME
03 MARCH 2016

LOCATION
CITY RECITAL HALL

Are some social attitudes toward gender intolerable?

Is Australia doing enough to recognise trans people’s gender identities?

On Thursday 3 March we held the first IQ2 Debate of 2016 – Society Must Recognise Trans People’s Gender Identities. The debate was part of the official 2016 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival.

Even in a relatively progressive country like Australia, Transgender people report high levels of harassment and discrimination leading to severe rates of depression. Efforts to address these harms include education programs like ‘Safe Schools’ and social activism ‘no-platforming’ campaigns aimed at censoring offending ideas. The need for greater social acceptance of all people is a no-brainer to many. But some feel certain efforts towards recognising gender identity can be ironically intolerant of diversity. The targets of ‘no-platforming’ have also reported being abused, bullied and threatened. Are some social attitudes toward gender intolerable? Is the answer to a healthier and happier society more speech or less?

Transgender policy expert Peter Hyndal, LA-based director and film producer Andrea James, Scottish Professor philosopher John Haldane and Associate Professor of gender Bronwyn Winter, came together to discuss society’s attitudes towards gender and identity.

Listen here.

Speakers

Peter Hyndal

is a transgender policy expert. Peter is the Director of Transformative Solutions, an organisation providing gender related policy advice and training.

Andrea James

is an LA-based director and film producer. Andrea is a transgender rights activist, who is on the board of TransYouth Family Allies, a nonprofit that supports transgender youth and their families as well as Outfest.

John Haldane

is a Scottish philosophy professor. He is a papal advisor to the Vactican, and the current chairman of the Royal Institute of Philosophy.

Bronwyn Winter

is an Associate Professor of Gender at The University of Sydney, and lectures at the School of Languages and Cultures and Department of French Studies. She is also Director of the Faculty of Arts International and Comparative Literary Studies program.

Who is it for?


  • THE ACTIVIST
  • THE FUTURIST
  • THE PROVOCATEUR

What you'll take away


  • 01A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF THE TRANS EXPERIENCE
  • 02CONVERSATIONS YOU WON’T GET AT THE DINNER TABLE
  • 03UNCOMFORTABLE QUESTIONS