Throughout 2017, ASHA has committed to exploring transgender health issues in Australasia. To utilise the multidisciplinary nature of the alliance, ASHA Co-Chairs Dr Chris Bourne and Dr Deborah Bateson invite executive committee members and the organisations they work with to submit a blog post exploring critical issues concerning transgender health. The first blog in the series is written by Associate Professor Tiffany Jones for the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS).
Associate Professor Tiffany Jones (PhD),
ARC DECRA Fellow, ARCSHS La Trobe
Assume Marriage Inequality
The E-Males study, in which 273 FtM transgender Australians discussed their sexual health via an online survey and blog, showed sexual health workers must not carry any pre-concieved ideas about FtM transgender peoples’ sex lives. Perhaps the only assumption one can make in Australia, is that they do not yet experience marriage equality. FtM transgender people legally recognised as men (only) can get married to a woman (only), but all other options are off the table, and they also can’t maintain any pre-existing marriage to a man post-transition. Thus, the majority of participants had never married (66%), and 18% were in de facto relationships. However some smaller groups had engaged in legal marriages either prior to or after transition – 8% were married, 5% were divorced, and 2% were separated.