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Judy Virago shares her own experience of being a trans person in sports and fitness spaces, and believes after 15 years of trans athletes being eligible for the Olympics it is time one wore the silver fern and showed the world that ‘they are us.’ The mood was mighty cold...
When it feels like the world is against you, it's instinctual to attack back, but Judy Virago says the key to victory is building bridges not tearing others down. We’re stronger united. During my first year on hormone therapy I was a Goddess of Destruction; pumped full of estrogen and...
Judy Virago imagines a trans-childhood where puberty blockers prevent torturous teen years and concludes New Zealand is on the right path. In my second year of primary school, I made a new friend. His name was Gabriel, like the angel, and he had long beautiful blonde hair. He told me...
Judy Virago examines the recent controversy surrounding a cis-male actor being cast in a trans role in the NZ production of Things I Know To Be True, and finds the real issue is cisgender writers using gender transition as a contemporary plot twist. I quit acting for a while in...
Judy Virago gives perspective to the debate that has divided our community. Four years ago, a cock-eyed consort and I were arrested on suspected possession of methamphetamine. The officer asked me if I'd had any issues with the law before. I said I didn't think so, started to sweat and...
Recent rulings by World Rugby and the British High Court are keeping trans-women excluded from professional sports. Judy Virago believes it is time we stopped categorising people simply by gender and create fairer rules and greater inclusion for athletes. I hated getting up early on the weekend. I was a...
Many people think of transitioning as a single step, but Judy Virago believes defining yourself can be a long and winding path. I started correcting things my father would say to me as soon as I could talk. As an infant dad said to me “You want some naanaa baby?”  and precociously I replied...
Educator, showgirl and Chair of the OuterSpaces Trust Board, Judy Virago shares her story of being a young trans person looking at the working world and wondering where they will fit in. In 1994, I convinced my dad to take my brothers and I, to Priscilla Queen of the Desert....

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