2015, When Writing the Story of Your Life, Never Let Anybody Else Hold the Pen.

My Very First Day At Sydney Tafe Ultimo, I Felt Terror & Trepidation.

My first day at Tafe, I still maintain going back to school was the bravest thing I’ve ever done.. and I’m pretty brave, but leaving the safety net of my community and meeting a classroom room of young straight people was a terrifying prospect to me.

I never quite felt comfortable not being open about my journey to them, I always think things made hidden will always come out and the only person who suffers is the person hiding the secret, so, in my first semester I did my disability presentation on Gender Diversity, it was so wonderfully liberating and though some were surprised, my classmates were very accepting.

During the presentation I told my fellow Community Service and Social Work classmates that it would probably be the first and last time in their life they will work beside a transgender person and the next time they will meet someone like me will be serving them in their new jobs at the front line – it was very liberating for me.

Its so important to always be in control of your own narrative because the story will inevitably be told differently by someone else.

So much has changed since then, the experience and education was life changing.

Freedom

Before any other labels I am human.


Being a transgender woman doesn’t define who I am, but being open about my gender and sharing my experience gives me the freedom most people can only dream about. It empowers me and gives me strength, so I celebrate my journey and acknowledge that I transitioned from one gender to another – to find peace and happiness and contentment….what more could any human being wish for?

Kind July Conversation – Julie Hutcheon Interviews Katherine Wolfgramme.

Katherine Wolfgramme is a nationally recognised advocate for the Transgender community, award winning Gender Diversity Consultant and Trans Awareness Trainer.

We’re proud to invite you to join Katherine for our 3rd live #kindjuly conversation on Thursday 15 July at 7pm AET to hear her story about how kindness motivates her.

This FREE online event is moderated by Jane Hutcheon.

Book your spot here: http://ow.ly/xtZs50Frzxi

#staykindaustralia #dosomethingkind #KatherineWolfgramme #JaneHutcheon

Speaking at Australian Signal Directorate for IDAHOBIT 2021 in Canberra

It was such a great pleasure for me to speak at The Australian Signals Directorate aka ASD in Canberra yesterday, the most high security branch of the Australian Defence Force.

It is always so enriching for me to help bring greater understanding towards my community, through stories of over thirty years of my lived experience.

Happy Mardi Gras!

The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is on of the world’s truly gay traditions, that is also wholly Australian.

Mardi Gras Festival actually runs for two weeks with shows, talks and events happening every day culminating in our magnificent parade.

The parade is an opportunity to show our pride in our diversity, to celebrate all the rights that we have won, and most importantly to protest.

It is a time when we the LGBT Community comes together to remember, to love and to celebrate. I am awash with love and joy at this time and it takes me weeks to recover from such a natural high.

I love finding the perfect dress for me to wear.

Chuukas and Chill – Mardi Gras Edition

I love Mardi Gras in Sydney, it is like Gay Christmas, we wear our best, act our nicest and there are parties everywhere, one of my favourite this year was at Chuuka Restaurant in Pyremont.

It was a lovely Sunday afternoon, motor tricycles ferried us from the street to the end of the Wharf.

DJs played on while drag queens swayed and we all laughed and chatted to the effervescent sound of free flowing French champagne and an eye popping abundance of delicious morsels arrived from the kitchens – classy, sydney style.

Thank you Star Entertainment Group and CMO George Hughes for your wonderful hospitality at Chuuka, a restaurant I will definite return to.

To Book: http://www.chuuka.com.au

The Voyeur – portrait by Yiorgos Zafiriou

YIORGOS is a photographic portrait artist who has a remarkable way of making photography look like paintings.

The Voyeur was taken at precisely 3pm when the light is most beautiful, I do love my skin against a black velvet foreground and background, the Venetian mask adds mystery to the portrait.

I love this painting because I think as a trans-woman I often feel like I am on the outside looking into a world that is not mine, studying custom and culture that belong only to non-transgender people.

Please visit the artists website here: http://yzafiriou.com

Modelling for Camilla – a dream come true!

If you know me you will know I only wear kaftans, rain or shine I will be sporting an elegant mu-mu, I have many kaftans from many designers but my favourite is Camilla…

Camilla Kaftans are a sentimental favourite for well heeled Sydney women, much coveted by those who wish they owned one and much loved by their wearers, to the point that most women know her different collections and recognise a “Camilla” from a mile away, their popularity has reached a point where a kaftan from any other designer is called a fake “Camilla”.

Their resale vale is very healthy, thus why though expensive Camillas are good investments.

With shock and delight I took a call from Camilla Head Office to invite me to participate in a Mardi Gras Campaign with Camilla Franks – The Goddess of Kaftans… needless to say I said yes without fuss or stipulation, haha.

image curtesy of http://au.camilla.com

Camilla has an abundance of energy which made the photoshoot nothing short of magical.

image curtesy of http://au.camilla.com
image curtesy of http://au.camilla.com

To top off the daydream, I was paid in Camillas – Thank you universe.

21 Feb 2020 What Matters. This weekend we are celebrating What Matters. We celebrate acceptance, inclusiveness and above all, equality. We will be parading through the streets in the name of love, so very proud of our LGBTQIA Tribe. We love you endlessly and this weekend, we honour you.Happy Mardi Gras, with love Camilla xx

Camilla Franks

Farewell my darling little friend.

My ex flatmate Mark Jones bought his dog, my little friend Daintree to say goodbye.

Daintree is dying and only has days left.

I thanked him for being such a good pretend baby, lapdog, companion and loving friend, it was sad but I will be forever grateful to Mark for bringing Daintree so I could say goodbye properly.

I have shed more tears for Daintree than I have for many a relation.. such a small wee dog has left such a large space behind. He was loved by many.

My love goes to you Mark at this time and I sincerely wish Daintree a safe journey to the other side 🖤

Daintree and I.

Queer Words That Moved Me Salon – a Mardi Gras Event

Reciting a story that moved me

I was invited to recite a story that had inspired me as a young LGBT person along with 7 other giants of Sydney’s Gay Community at The National Art School, the event sold very quickly this year and it is no wonder, the settings and surroundings were truly spectacular, and the many recited words were an inspiration to hear.

The air in the room was cultured and refined, cosy and welcoming, and uber elegant.

Congratulations Terese Casu and Dino Dimitriadis on such a thoughtful and visually beautiful and unforgettable event.

Telling a story at Queer Words That Moved Me Salon

Poof Doof Sydney: The Reigning Queen of Gay Sydney’s Night Club Scene.

Owner of the Merrivale Group, Hospitality Moghul Justin Hemmes flew to Melbourne and approached Poof Doof Melbourne’s owner Anthony Hocking to partner in a venture with him by bringing his legendary gay night to Justin’s legendary venuethe Ivy, situated in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. Justin believed the very unpopular lockout laws in Sydney would … Continue reading “Poof Doof Sydney: The Reigning Queen of Gay Sydney’s Night Club Scene.”

A scene from Poof Doof’s Arrival Announcement promo film clip featuring myself and Coco Jumbo (right)

Owner of the Merrivale Group, Hospitality Moghul Justin Hemmes flew to Melbourne and approached Poof Doof Melbourne’s owner Anthony Hocking to partner in a venture with him by bringing his legendary gay night to Justin’s legendary venuethe Ivy, situated in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.

Justin believed the very unpopular lockout laws in Sydney would soon finish and his super club needed a new energy and a new direction to enliven his Ivy Precinct and the central business district.

I was approached by Poof Doof’s General Manager, the handsome Nic Holland to run the door because I “know everyone darling“, many of you who know me also know I have always kept a weekend job to keep my foot in the door and keep me in touch with the LGBT Community.

I am not sure anyone foresaw how quickly Poof Doof would become a huge hit, or foresee the gay community travelling away from Oxford St to party. I suppose Justin knew, that is why he is so successful in the hospitality industry.

DJ and manager Troy Beman spinning records

Offensive slang is often fought against, as a trans advocate I too have had offensive transphobic slang words forbidden, when quizzed about this recently I only had one reply..

Poof Doof is owned by a gay man, celebrated, loved and frequented by thousands of gay people every week, I think it is wonderful that gay men are now in a place of such privilege that they can take a hurtful word and have fun with it, the trans community is not there yet, but I hope with time and more social equality this will one day happen. One must also consider that I am no longer an stakeholder of the P word, so I have not right to comment on the subject.

KW

Working with Poof Doof Sydney is like being a part of a good hearted family with the best of intentions for the community.

…And it is amazing, people have said to more than once “Katherine, I was expecting something amazing but this is even more amazing than I thought it would be”, what makes Poof Doof amazing?

It is the community inclusivity, young drag queens dancing next to muscle men who are dancing next lesbians who are dancing with twinks who are dancing with trans people, ages ranging from 18 to late 60s all accepting each other, this is what Gay Sydney once was back in the 1990s when Gay Sydney was the envy of the Gay World.

The music too is incredible with a DJ Line up of World Class DJs from Sydney and abroad.

Anthony Hocking aka Hockers is a master of the vignette, so there will always be something visually spectacular every weekend, from dancers, to drag queen, to new lighting and pyrotechnics – every Saturday you will come away with a visual memory to savour until your next visit!

Every facet of Sydney’s Gay Community is welcome, every colour, creed, class, body shape, gender and sexuality is welcome to come to our wonderful club, but be warned you must come in peace and with respect for all aspects of the gay community.

I know this because I am in charge of the door, my job is to keep the riff raff out and to lovingly welcome The Family, The LGBT Community through, and I look forward to welcoming you to Poof Doof every Saturday Night at the Ivy in Sydney.

Image curtesy of the Virgin Airlines inflight magazine.
Poof Doof is situated in Angel Place on Ash Lane in The Ivy Precinct every Saturday Night from 10pm until 4.30am

Appointment to Daylesford ChillOut Festival Ambassador of 2020

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT 2/12/2019

We are delighted to announce your ChillOut Festival 2020 Ambassador, Ms. Katherine Wolfgramme .

Katherine Wolfgramme is an out and proud transgender-woman, a true pioneer for positive change for transgender rights and visibility in Australia. Since her transition 30 years ago Katherine has changed law in one country and changed the language in another.⁠

She has been a driving force through her community service and community development work with a particular focus on promoting Transgender Day of Remembrance and Trans Day of Visibility.⁠

Katherine holds many titles including The Ambassador of the Gender Centre, Board Associate of Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras and former Public Officer of Wear It Purple among many other things. Katherine is also a contributing writer for Melbourne and Sydney Star Observer, with a mission to raise trans visibility in a positive manner. Her community service work has won Katherine several awards, nominations, and accolades.⁠

A former Daylesford resident herself, Katherine believes she was inspired by the strong women of Daylesford who taught her to remain strong and true to her beliefs and opened her mind to modern-day feminism. ⁠

Katherine tells us that she “is so proud and thrilled to return as Ambassador of The 2020 Daylesford Chillout Festival and support the elevation of the health and wellbeing of our community”

Michelle Bauer, Festival Director of Daylesford ChillOut Festival.
Image featured in Junkee

ChillOut Festival happens in Daylesford, Victoria March 5-9 2020 for more information go to http://www.chilloutfewstival.com

Transgender Day of Remembrance Film – and educational an HR resource for the future.

This is the very first time I have I have been involved in filmmaking -let alone as interviewer, writer and producer!


In my capacity as The Ambassador of The Gender Centre, I collaborated with film maker Leah Pellinkhof to create a film in partnership with her company Playhead Productions and Queer Screen – Mardi Gras Film Festival and film assistant Grant Kay.


The film comes in six parts which have already been released daily over this week in celebration of Trans Awareness Week or the film can be played as an 11 minute presentation.

Film crew Leah Pellinkhof and Grant Kay with the stars of the film Imogen, Kalypso, Billee and Jules

It is our vision that the film be shared and used as an educational tool at work, or school or just for you in the future.


The most important thoughts in the Trans Community are voices from the Trans Community, so we must thank the four brave voices of the film who came forward to share their thoughts, hopes and fears Kalypso Finbar, Jules Low, Imogen Brackin and Billee Ward.


Enormous thank you to the director of film maker Leah Pellinkhof whos generosity of spirit enabled her to see my vision and inspired her to create such a beautiful film for the future.

Tomorrow is Transgender Day of Remembrance, it would be a perfect day to share this film – link below:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-xIA9kgfpo

Transgender Day of Remembrance in Sydney 2019

When: Wednesday 20/11/2019 at 6:45pm

Where: Harmony Park, Surry Hills. Sydney, NSW.

All Welcome, Please Come.

The Gender Centre in Association with City of Sydney, ICLC, ACON and NSW GLLOs would like to thank the following organisations for their support.

Major Sponsor

  • Ashurst

Community Partners

  • Westpac
  • Oz Harvest
  • Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras
  • QueerScreen
  • PlayHead Productions
  • SWOP
  • Sydney Star Observer
  • Hollywood Hotel

Community Supporters

  • Albion Centre
  • Twenty10
  • Australian LGBTI Health Alliance
  • Sydney Gay & Lesbian Business Association
  • Rainbow Families
  • Universal Hotel
  • Stonewall Hotel
  • The Oxford Hotel
  • Kinsellas
  • The Colombian
  • The Imperial Hotel
  • Arq

Miss World: Transgender women and mums barred from entering | Daily Telegraph

Full Excerpt of Article as written in The Daily Telegraph

Beauty pageant Miss World has been accused of discriminating against mothers and transgender women by not allowing them to compete.

The global company still abides by the same rules that were instated in 1951, which state entrants must “Be a natural born female”, “Have never given birth to a child” and “Have never been married”.

These rules are still available on their website today.

Miss World Australia heats have begun, however outdated rules have been called discriminatory. L-R Chantelle Corby, Alexia Zouroudis, Alexandra Trkulja, Renae Thorman, Krysta Heath, Rachel Gallagher and Angela Coulton. Picture: Toby Zerna
media_cameraMiss World Australia heats have begun, however outdated rules have been called discriminatory. L-R Chantelle Corby, Alexia Zouroudis, Alexandra Trkulja, Renae Thorman, Krysta Heath, Rachel Gallagher and Angela Coulton. Picture: Toby Zerna

Miss World National Director Deborah Miller said even she did not agree with the restrictions, saying they came from head office in London.

“For someone to discriminate … it’s almost repugnant,” she said.

“They’re part of global rules they’ve had over the years from 68 years ago.

“Times are changing we are more open and welcoming.

“I think other countries also would come on board, there are 140 all together.”

Ms Miller said she would put the question to the global body, which does not take media inquiries.



The first heat of Miss World Australia with 30 contestants competing for the chance to become the 2020 Miss World Australia. Alexia Zouroudis walks the catwalk. Picture: Toby Zerna
media_cameraThe first heat of Miss World Australia with 30 contestants competing for the chance to become the 2020 Miss World Australia. Alexia Zouroudis walks the catwalk. Picture: Toby Zerna

Miss World is one of two major pageants in Australia with previous winners including Tess Alexander, Madeline Cowe, Erin Holland and Jessica Kahawaty.

Their competitor, Miss Universe, which spawned the likes of Jennifer Hawkins, Jesinta Franklin and Rachael Finch, has allowed transgender women to compete since 2012.

However they do not allow mothers or married women either — again a condition that comes from head office in the United States.

Social commentator on gender issues Nina Funnell said the idea that mothers would be disallowed was “laughable”.

Jessica Kahawaty who was Miss World Australia 2012. Picture: Tim Hunter.
media_cameraJessica Kahawaty who was Miss World Australia 2012. Picture: Tim Hunter.
Former Miss World Australia Erin Holland. Picture: Justin Lloyd
media_cameraFormer Miss World Australia Erin Holland. Picture: Justin Lloyd

“The idea that they have not or cannot reproduce is pretty laughable in 2019,” she said.

“I do think in 2019 it says more about organisers and the archaic ways in which they value women.

“What they’re really deeming beautiful is the idea that women are chaste and the illusion that they’re available.”

Trans advocate and trans awareness trainer Katherine Wolfgramme urged Miss World to change their outdated and discriminatory rules.

“I would urge Miss World to reassess their entry policies because our world is changing and it would be a great shame to see such an institution be left behind because of archaic rules,” she said.

Miss World Australia 2015 Tess Alexander said the organisation should definitely change the rules so the contest reflects what she experienced to be an inclusive event.

“One hundred per cent it is time to change the rules,” she said.

Former Miss World Australia Tess Alexander. Photographs: Jared Vethaak
media_cameraFormer Miss World Australia Tess Alexander. Photographs: Jared Vethaak

“Miss World is a progressive organisation I believe but it is time to move forward so trans women are allowed.

“And it shouldn’t matter your marital status or if you have children — Miss World is about bringing the world together and the rules should reflect that.”

NSW state finalist Rachel Gallagher said she understood the rules were a result of pageant tradition, but personally she wouldn’t have an issue with competing against a trans woman or mother.

“I think it has a lot to do with the tradition of pageantry but things are changing,” she said.

“There are conversations in pageantry at the moment about what we can do to make more accessible.

“Personally, it wouldn’t bother me.

“Everyone has their own purpose and Miss World encourages everyone to seek their own purpose and for someone that would be a worthwhile cause to advocate for.”Share this on Facebooksocial-facebook_circleShare this on Twittersocial-twitter_circleShare this by Emailsocial-email_circleComments nav_small_downShow commentsnav_small_down

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/miss-world-transgender-women-and-mums-barred-from-entering/news-story/f5fa0693c37b93fb91069781be700c9e

My first experience as a film producer!

Filmmaker Leah Pellinkhof with her assistant Grant with all the subject from the film.

For the very first time, instead of being in front of the camera I was behind the camera as a film producer in partnership with QueerScreen and filmmaker Leah Pellinkhof.

This film is going to be very special with some very unique people from the transgender community speaking about Transgender Day of Remembrance which falls on November 20.

The beauty of their humanity outshines everything and I am so proud of them for their contribution to the film.

The film clip is specifically designed to educate the broader community about the most important date on the transgender calendar.

Film will be released 13th of November, day 1 of Trans Awareness Week.

Talking at Albion Centre

The Albion Centre is running courses for medical services providers to help teach cultural safety for transgender people accessing medical services.

It was absolutely a pleasure to return to speak about my experiences over three decades of accessing medical services since transition to a class of doctors and medical service providers from around NSW at The Albion Centre.

Reciting my history reminds me about how so very far we have come.