Australia

2010 - Trans* Sex Worker Activist Norrie May-Welby Instigates Legal Challenge to Have Gender Recognised as ‘Non-Specific’ (Australia)

2010 - Trans* Sex Worker Activist Norrie May-Welby Instigates Legal Challenge to Have Gender Recognised as ‘Non-Specific’ (Australia)

In 2010, a media-savvy Sydney-based trans*sex worker and community activist, Norrie May-Welby, initiated court proceedings against the New South Wales (NSW) Government Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to have their gender recognised as ‘non-specific’ on official documents. After a protracted legal battle which lasted for 4 years, in April 2014, the High Court ruled that it was within the Registry’s power to record and issue Norrie with documents identifying a ‘not specific’ gender.

2008 - National Needs Assessment for Sex Workers Living with HIV (Australia)

2008 - National Needs Assessment for Sex Workers Living with HIV (Australia)

In 2008, Scarlet Alliance undertook a national needs assessment research project to identify the systemic barriers impacting on HIV-positive sex workers. The needs assessment was coordinated by a self-disclosed HIV-positive sex worker, and was subsequently shared with local and national government, civil society and internationally.

1988 - Sex Industry and AIDS Debate, formation of Scarlet Alliance, Australia

In 1998, a consortium of emerging peer-led sex worker organisations from across Australia and the region successfully lobbied the Federal Government to fund a national conference ... the Sex Industry and AIDS Debate 1988.