The Trans and Gender Diverse Clothing Swap welcomes all trans, gender diverse and allies to a place where communities of all ages can come together and celebrate the full diversity and opportunities of self expression through fashion. They are also an opportunity to socialise and explore identity in a safe, supportive and inclusive environment.
Since our first clothing swap event in March 2021, our Trans and Gender Diverse Clothing Swap project has delivered clothing swap events to LGBTIQA+ communities in Bendigo, Castlemaine, Werribee, Melbourne and Kyneton providing more than 3000 free items of clothing and accessories while connecting people with a safe space to explore fashion and socialise without gendered expectations or judgment.
The clothing swap events are free to enter and all items are free to take, with no need for participants to bring any items to swap if they do not wish to. This is due to the ongoing support by the general public who continue to donate items of clothing, shoes and accessories (some of which are brand new). Pronoun badges are available at no cost and volunteers wearing pronoun badges are often asked about them, creating a great opportunity for discussion and education around the existence and importance of pronouns.
Clothing swap volunteers are engaged to provide support and create a positive shopping experience for all attendees. Complete this Expression of Interest Form if you are interested in registering as a volunteer with us.
The clothing swap event has provided an opportunity for people to speak sagely and honestly about their gender identity for the first time, created an opportunity for parents and allies to learn more about gender diversity and provides all people the freedom to explore and feel affirmed through fashion.
- “The environment was the most safe and inclusive I’ve ever experienced, there were no shortages of smiles and happy tears!”
- “Finally I felt like I had a wardrobe that represented who I truly am.”
- “The Clothing Swap is such a welcoming environment and such a supportive and safe place to go when you’re trying to figure yourself out.”
- “I am not gender diverse but it can be hard to find clothing that fits my body. It can be very expensive and some stores aren’t very welcoming. The TGD clothing swap always has a positive effect on my mental health because it is such a positive space, and the way they talk about bodies is really nice. It makes me feel good about myself.”
We look forward to seeing you at out next event.