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Gender could be optional on birth certificates in Queensland under proposed changes

Australian state proposes to make gender optional on birth certificates and allow people to change sex every 12 months

  • Queensland considers changes to birth certificates around people’s gender
  • Terms like ‘mother’ and ‘father’ may be optional under the proposal
  • People could also choose any descriptor for their gender on official documents
  • Changes would ‘improve recognition of trans and gender diversity,’ government said

Under a radical new proposal, parents in Queensland will soon have the option not to list the gender of their babies on their birth certificates.

The details of the proposal were discussed with two women’s groups earlier this month, with them being told the terms “mother” and “father” could also be optional.

People would also be allowed to change gender every 12 months, and they could choose any descriptor for their gender on the document, except for numbers, symbols, offensive language, or if it was obscene or “contrary to the public interest.”

Under a radical new proposal, parents in Queensland will soon have the option not to mention the gender of their babies on their birth certificates

Under a radical new proposal, parents in Queensland will soon have the option not to mention the gender of their babies on their birth certificates

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Terms like “mother” and “father” could be optional under the proposal. Pictured is a mock-up of an Australian birth certificate

Anyone over the age of 16 could identify themselves as a different gender as long as they have a supporting statement from someone who has known them for at least 12 months, women told the meeting. courier post

Children between the ages of 12 and 16 could identify as the opposite sex if they had the support of one or both parents, while under 12s would at least need the support of both.

A spokesman for the Department of Justice and the Attorney General of Queensland said the changes being considered aim to

A spokesman for the Department of Justice and the Attorney General of Queensland said the changes being considered aim to “improve the recognition of trans and gender diverse people”. Pictured is the Premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk

Evidence from pediatricians and legal support may also be required.

NSW and Queensland both require people to have surgery to change their gender on their birth certificates, but this can change in the Sunshine State.

Kelly Carr, representative for International Women’s Day Brisbane Meanjin, said she struggled to wrap her head around the proposed changes.

“As a mom, when I learned that using mom on the birth certificate was optional, I almost fell off my chair,” she says.

Under the proposal, people would also be allowed to change gender every 12 months.  Pictured is the rainbow flag, the symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer pride

Under the proposal, people would also be allowed to change gender every 12 months. Pictured is the rainbow flag, the symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer pride

A spokesman for the Department of Justice and the Attorney General of Queensland said the changes being considered aim to “improve the recognition of trans and gender diverse people”.

The spokesperson also confirmed that the terms “mother” and “father” would not be removed from birth certificates, but said other options would become available.

“Additional options are being considered to allow same-sex couples to register as mother/mother or father/father, if they wish,” they said.

“If passed, this amendment would align Queensland with other jurisdictions.”

The details of the proposal were discussed earlier this month with two women's groups, where they were told the terms

The details of the proposal were discussed earlier this month with two women’s groups, where they were told the terms “mother” and “father” could also be optional (stock image)

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