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Significant outcome for transgender and gender diverse Tasmanians

  • Changes will have a positive impact on transgender and gender diverse Tasmanians
  • Fine example of Parliament working to reflect the will of people
  • The Speaker congratulated for upholding her commitment

It’s a significant day for transgender and gender diverse people in Tasmania with amendments to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Act passing through Parliament.

Shadow Attorney General, Ella Haddad, said it was great outcome on the back of the historic marriage equality vote.

“To us, this was always about giving people a choice in the gender they have printed on their birth certificate,” Ms Haddad said.

“Our amendments also removed the ridiculous and outdated requirement for people to be forced to have invasive and sometime dangerous sexual reassignment surgery in order to have their gender marker changed on their printed birth certificate.

“The amendments protect the rights of people who need it and will in no way diminish the rights of others.

“The changes will have no effect on the vast majority of people, but will have an enormously positive effect on the people who deserve to enjoy these rights just like the rest of us.

“The Transforming Tasmania group deserve a huge thanks and credit for working so hard toward this outcome.

“This is a fine example of Parliament working to reflect the will of people and we congratulate the Speaker Sue Hickey for upholding her commitment to the transgender community.

“Meanwhile, the Members of the Hodgman Liberal Government behaved appallingly throughout this entire process and showed nothing but contempt for transgender and gender diverse people.”

 

Ella Haddad MP
Shadow Attorney General