My Name is Katherine Wolfgramme, I am a binary transgender woman, and my pronoun is SHE .
I am an award winning Trans Advocate and Gender Diversity Consultant, the official Ambassador of The Gender Centre, Board Associate of Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras and contributing writer and journalist for Star Observer.
I was born with gender dysphoria, and in 1990 at the age of 18, I started my transition – this is not unique – what is unique is that after three decades, I now wish to share my knowledge and experience to help reduce misunderstanding towards myself and my peers.
It is my vision to help create a language of understanding -so cultural safety can be created for transgender people in areas ranging from primary schools to aged care, from work place environments to customer care.
I do not call myself an activist, or feminist, I prefer to think of myself as an advocate, because I will initiate change if I have to, and I believe in respect, equality and social justice for all genders.
At the age of 23, I changed the law in Fiji. I created precedence by becoming the first transgender woman to legally obtain a female name. It was no easy feat; in 1997 Fiji was a homophobic country still dictated by a military government, but with courage – I was able to create change, not just for myself, but for all Fijian trans people who have came after me.
In 2017, I took legal steps to ensure the prevention of a transphobic slur being used in businesses across Australia, forcing people to acknowledge it was now used as a derogatory word used to debase transwomen – contributing to changing language across Australia.
My community work was recognised in 2019 at the prestigious Australian LGBTI Awards when I won The Inspirational Role Model of the Year Award beating influencers of change from across Australia.
I am currently nominated as a finalist for an Honour Award – Community Hero category, winner to be announced in October.
I transitioned almost thirty years ago, and I have witnessed great change over that time. As a gender diversity consultant, educator and advisor, this gives me a unique outlook and perspective – a more compassionate, comprehensive and empathetic translation of the transgender experience.
I continue to do charity work and voluntary community service and my business helps finance this through consultancy, public speaking and trans awareness training programmes in the world of big business.
Turning Fear Into Understanding