About a Girl is Rebekah Robertson’s extraordinary personal story of raising her transgender child, Georgie Stone of Neighbours, who has become a leading voice for young Australians. The memoir details Georgie’s coming of age, and the 2013 landmark ruling on her case that means no other child has to go to the Family Court to access hormone blockers. In conversation with Liz Duck- Chong, Rebekah and Georgie share their moving story, which celebrates the power of family and offers a hopeful message for those navigating a similar path.
Rebekah Robertson (Australian)
Rebekah Robertson is an author, actor, advocate and proud mother of twins, Georgie and Harry Stone. She founded Transcend, Australia's first peer support network for the families of trans and gender diverse children and adolescents in 2012. She became an advocate for access to medical treatment and law reform through her own experiences raising and supporting Georgie, their battles with the Family Court of Australia and then as the founder of Transcend, representing families from around the country in her discussions with human rights organisations, politicians and anyone else who would listen! She also founded the Transcend Auxiliary through the RCH Foundation which to date has raised over $86,000 for the RCH Gender Service. Rebekah and Transcend have been nominated for several awards and she was named the 2019 GLOBE Straight Ally of the Year. About A Girl is Rebekah's first book. She lives in Melbourne with her children and fur babies Lottie and Joy.
Georgie Stone (Australian)
Georgie Stone is one of the most visible transgender individuals in Australia. In 2013 a landmark ruling in her case re: Jamie meant that no other child had to go to the Family Court of Australia to access puberty blockers. Since then, Georgie has dedicated her time to advocating for trans and gender diverse young people. Her advocacy work has driven progress in health and medical services, access to safe schooling environments and legal reform. Many organisations, from schools to the NSW Police Force, use her appearances on Four Corners and Australian Story for training and education. Her presence in the media has brought much-needed awareness to the issues facing trans and gender diverse young people today. Georgie was named the 2018 Victorian Young Australian of the Year, and in 2017 she won the Young People's Human Rights Medal awarded by the Australian Human Rights Commission. She is also a main cast member on Neighbours, as the show's first transgender character Mackenzie.
Liz Duck-Chong (Australian)
Liz Duck-Chong is a writer, health researcher and filmmaker who works primarily in LGBTQIA+ sexual health and education. Her work focuses on uplifting and celebrating the lives and work of the wider trans and gender diverse community, and telling the stories less told. She co-hosts wholesome queer sex ed show @letsdoitpodcast.