Meet Gina

by Team Bill 08 Mar 2021
We're lucky to have so many incredible, interesting people in our community.  We thought it was about time for others to learn all about them.

Ahead of International Women's Day, we sat down with some of the incredible women.

Meet Gina...

“For me as a trans woman, I take my hat off to ‘born female’ women. They have to go through that time of the month for one. I’m on hormone replacements and that helps balance out the mood. When I couldn’t get hormone replacements due to coronavirus there was SO much road rage…  my road rage was BAD.

I really admire women.

I mean, I’m not questioning that God is a man, but part of me thinks God MUST be female, because surely only a female could create a woman? That’s how much I admire the strength of women, and it’s something that was instilled in me growing up. Samoan culture is very different – whenever our Chiefs have an important meeting, they can’t go ahead with any important decisions because they need approval from the women in the community. That’s how much women are valued.

I’ve got four beautiful sisters. I can understand men and women, but I hate men who mistreat women. When you think about all the women that have died since the coronavirus started, it shows that our system is failing. We need more support; we need to be acknowledged.

When I wanted to make a change in my life, I moved closer to the Bill Crews Foundation – it’s a place that helped me with my recovery. Women come here for the sense of community first, and then recovery. I didn’t know about all the different services available for women before I came here, and I make sure to tell other women I meet about them. I wanted to create a fellowship, get people to open up, help them to speak to a social worker – it’s fellowship first, we support each other. My mum would never say anything about another woman behind her back – and that’s the same kind of attitude I have, we are all women, women need to have open conversations and not go against one another.

Every day I fix women – if there’s a tag hanging out of their shirt, I’ll put it back in for them. Lipstick on their cheek, mascara on their eyelid – I’ll tell them. That’s what I do. Everyone walks past a young woman struggling with a pram – but I couldn’t, if I can help, I do.

I’ve been through a lot, and now I’ve got a placement at Samaritan House. I’m studying for my Diploma of Community Services, with only four units left this semester. I’m hoping one day I can help people. To those currently struggling, take it day by day. Don’t try and start four things at once because you’ll overwhelm yourself. Calm down, slow down, speak to somebody. Take control of your own life. We are all masters of our own journeys.”