Trans in the Pandemic
Suggested Citation: Zwickl S, Wong AFQ, Ginger A, Eshin K, Cook T, Leemaqz SY, Dowers E, Angus LM, Ruggles T, Kidson-Purry J, Zajac JD & Cheung AS. Trans in the pandemic: stories of struggle and resilience in the Australian trans community. Melbourne: Trans Health Research Group, Department of Medicine (Austin Health), University of Melbourne, 2022.
As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was increasingly felt in Australia from late March 2020, we developed a survey to explore and understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the trans community, with the intent to share the research findings as widely as possible and draw attention to priority issues. This project demonstrates that many trans community members have struggled significantly with job loss and financial strain, disruptions to their healthcare, social isolation from their support networks, and loss of usual coping strategies. Importantly, in the face of adversity, the community has shown tremendous resilience in seeking support and self-care, and in finding new and innovative ways to connect with and support one another.
Images from the Gender Spectrum Collection are used on the front cover of the Trans in the Pandemic report, and throughout, to authentically represent the gender-diverse community.