Choose your own birth certificate becomes reality: some Australians can now say they are a & # 39; boy & # 39; if they are legally a & # 39; girl & # 39; are born
- Victoria has become the fifth state to allow reforms to the new birth certificate
- Transgender people do not have to undergo surgery to change documents
- Children can also change gender with the consent of the parents and the doctor
Victoria has become the fifth state to allow transgender and gender diverse people to change their gender on their birth certificate.
The invoice for the birth certificate passed Tuesday evening 26-14 in the Victorian House of Lords, which means that it will become official law once it has received the royal approval.
Under the new laws, transgender people will have the freedom to show their legal documents the gender they are socially identifying with, even before they undergo a sex change.
Children can also nominate themselves to change their gender or select a non-binary descriptor of their choice with the consent of their parents.
The invoice of the birth certificate passed Tuesday evening 26-14 in the Victorian House of Lords, which means that it will become official law as soon as it receives the royal consent
Children can also nominate themselves to change their gender or select a non-binary descriptor of their choice with the consent of their parents (stock image)
A statement from a psychologist or doctor must also be accompanied by the entry for a minor, The age reported.
& # 39; Interstate and international data show that although not a large number of people make use of these options, it is just an option for people & # 39 ;, said Equality Minister Martin Foley 3AW on Wednesday.
& # 39; It is the choice to ensure that identity documents reflect the reality of people's lives. & # 39;
Victoria joins Tasmania, Northern Territory, South Australia and the ACT to pass the laws.
In April, Tasmania was the first state to make the recording on birth certificates.
Gender diversity activists went to social media to celebrate the success, which means an important victory in the fight for transgender equality in Australia.
Attorney General Jill Hennessy (photo) said the reforms were much too late
Attorney General Jill Hennessy said the reforms were much too late after the Andrews government had not seen them go through parliament the first time in 2016.
"These overdue reforms will ensure that trans- and gender-diverse people can have a birth certificate that reflects their true identity," she said in a statement shared on Twitter.
& # 39; For many a minority, but it means a world of difference for someone else. & # 39;
Previously, a formal name change on a legal document such as a birth certificate had to undergo a gender change prior to approval.
& # 39; The current operation requires a painful and false message that something is wrong with trans or gender diversity that should be & # 39; resolved & # 39; – that is why we are removing this cruel and unfair barrier. & # 39;
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