Australia’s first national camp for the transgender community will be held from September 30 to October 2 at a mystery bush location with cabin accommodation in southern Tasmania.
Trans Camp 2016 is the brainchild of Avery Holderness-Roddam, who struggled to source information and support during his transition from female to male until he was fortunate enough to find a good GP who provided him with everything he needed.
Avery said being able to meet other transgender people facing similar issues had also helped him on his journey.
“I’ve been really lucky. I’ve made a lot of friends in the transgender community in Tassie,” told 936 ABC Hobart.
“It’s good to have other people who are experiencing similar things that you can talk to, people who are more experienced and can tell you what to expect in coming years.”
Not content with the monthly meet-ups run by his group, Avery decided to provide the community with something more substantial.
“I thought, ‘I wonder if there’s something national going on trying to bring members of the community from around Australia together’, because that would be really cool,” he said.
“There are individual groups doing their thing but there didn’t seem to be a national event, so I thought, ‘Well, let’s make it happen’.”
And so Trans Camp 2016 was born. It will be open to transgender people, as well as their family and friends, and promises a long weekend of fun activities and workshops, with plenty of time to relax and make friends.
The camp will include events such as access to hundreds of items of free clothing, generously donated by the Tasmanian community, as well as a fashion show, board games, art workshops, ‘Self Defence’ and ‘Have a Stab at Fencing’ sessions.
Workshops will include ‘Surgery 101’, ‘Pre Op Crowdfunding’, ‘Mental Health’, ’Internet Safety’, ‘Your Rights At Work (Tas)’ and ‘Skills to Gain Employment’.
Avery wants camp-goers to have a weekend of feeling safe to be themselves, where they can make friends with other individuals who are on similar journeys.
There are ticket options for day passes and those who require accommodation and transport. You can find more information on the Trans Camp 2016 Facebook page.