WIRE welcomes anyone who is assigned female at birth (AFAB) or identifies as a woman.
WIRE Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusion Policy
In 1984 WIRE was established to inform, support and provide a referral service to the women of Victoria. At that time gender was considered in binary terms as either male or female. WIRE as an organisation and as a community now sees gender in terms of self-identification and not just biology.
Increasingly, women’s organisations are being called upon to articulate their policies with respect to the inclusion of Trans and Gender Diverse people. WIRE has developed a Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusion policy that is inclusive of the Trans and Gender diverse communities of Victoria and in line with the changing understanding of gender expression as being more than a biologically determined binary of male or female.
In 2016 in consultation with Transgender Victoria and Zoe Belle Gender Collective, WIRE began developing a policy around Trans and Gender Diverse inclusion within the organisation. The release of the Trans and Gender Inclusive Policy at this time underlines that WIRE now proudly supports the inclusion of members of the Trans and Gender Diverse communities of Victoria. WIRE welcomes to the organisation and its training programs anyone who is assigned female at birth or identifies as a woman.
WIRE welcomes anyone who is assigned female at birth or identifies as a woman.
The following people meet the gender eligibility to be service delivery volunteers or to access WIRE services on their own behalf:
- Biologically born female; identifies as a woman
- Biologically born female; identifies as a man
- Biologically born female; identifies as other/they/ze
- Biologically born female; does not identify as either woman or man
- Biologically born male; identifies as woman
- Biologically born male; identifies as other/they/ze and when “other/they/ze” identity includes woman
- Biologically born with both male and female anatomy (Intersex) identifies as a woman or other/they/ze
The following people cannot become service delivery volunteers or access services at WIRE on their own behalf:
- Biologically born male; identifies as a man
- Biologically born male; identifies as other/they/ze” but does not identify as a woman
- Biologically born with both male and female anatomy (Intersex) identifies as a man
- When a person calls WIRE’s Support Line, it will be assumed by the worker that the caller is a woman or Trans and Gender Diverse person and is eligible for information support and referral services on their own behalf, unless told otherwise.
- WIRE provides secondary consultations to service providers and concerned family and friends who identify as male and this will continue.
- People who attend WIRE in person for support and information will be considered eligible for service unless they specify that they are biologically born male and identify as a man.
- Users of the space will be informed via visual signs and verbal introductions that WIRE services are available to people who identify as women and the Trans and Gender Diverse community.
- WIRE staff and volunteers will not ask for or require evidence of a person’s gender identity.
- If a service user or volunteer decides to change gender identification they are still eligible as long as they meet WIRE’s gender eligibility as stated in this policy.
- If a service user or volunteer affirms their true gender or changes their gender expression suddenly or has a long history with a particular gender identity, this will not have an impact on their ability to access WIRE services.