Tasmania to remove sex from birth certificates under new law

In an unprecedented case, Tasmania is all set to pass a law that would allow people on the island to change or remove their gender on their birth certificates.

It will allow people from the age of 16 and above to apply to change their gender through a statutory declaration at the Births, Deaths and Marriages registry.

The legislation was passed in the upper house in Tasmania on Thursday and will be formally approved next week.

A parent or guardian can do so on behalf of someone under 16, but they may have to provide proof of counselling.

The law also opens an opportunity to allow people to change their gender officially without sexual reassignment surgery, Ruth Forest, Independent member for Murchison – who brought the changes to parliament, told the media.

People can also change their birth certificate details, or have the gender field removed entirely.

The requirement for married transgender partners to divorce before they can change the gender on their birth certificate will also be removed.

The proposal also bans offensive language against gender identity and intersex status.

Murchison independent MLC Ruth Forrest, who brought the proposals to parliament, said that the changes were “about treating all Tasmanians equally”.


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