9am AEDT Monday November 14th 2022

Register for this LIVE PODCAST in which Georgia will welcome back previous podcast guests Pharrell Shaymar (he/they) and Penny McKay (she/they) to speak about trans inclusion in martial arts. 

Register via the form below to join us live. Ask a question ahead of time or ask live or in the chat box.









Why are we running this event?

Leading up to International Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, people and organizations around the world participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise awareness of trans and gender diverse people, address key issues for our communities and explore ways to promote active allyship. We hope that through promoting the full inclusion of trans and gender diverse people in martial arts, we can break down stigma and reduce barriers to participation for our wonderful communities.

Transgender Day of Remembrance honours the memory of trans lives lost due to transphobia and the impacts of discrimination. You can find out more about this here: 

Content warning: Please note this discussion may include topics which are distressing - please take good care and link in your own support networks or the organizations below if you need. 
All things trans including language guides: 
Young people and their families 
Transgender Victoria 
Pride in Sport 
Queer Combat Collective on instagram
QLife - 3pm to midnight every day:
Lifeline: 13 11 14
13YARN - First Nations Crisis support


Penny McKay

Penny McKay (she/they) is a LGBTQ+ inclusion advisor, speaker, community builder and trauma-informed movement advocate. Penny has worked across a broad range of health and wellbeing settings, including residential youth care, family violence, crisis services, carceral settings, disaster recovery, digital mental health support and currently advises health and well-being organizations on best practice to support people with diverse genders and sexualities. Penny has supported facilitating the Fight Back Project in El Salvador in an underserved community heavily impacted by violence and prejudice.

Pharrell Shaymar

Pharrell Shaymar (he/they) AKA "The Pad Technician" Pharrell is a professional boxing coach with over 10 years' experience coaching athletes, amateur boxers, women's self defence programs, and group fitness. Pharrell is an accomplished speaker LGBTQ+ Advocate and community leader. Pharrell uses the prism of boxing through advocacy, breaking down barriers, educational videos and breaking stereo types of trans people in combat sports. His key message is "I will never become biologically male, but I am a gentleman"