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New sex and gender diversity legislation introduced today

By Barcham - 28 November 2013 77

New legislation to improve the legal recognition of sex and gender diverse people in the ACT will be introduced in the Legislative Assembly today, says Simon Corbell.

The biggest and most important change is that individuals no longer have to undergo surgery to legally change their sex on their birth certificate.

I’ve met people who have saved for years in order to afford sexual reassignment surgery, and that whole time they’ve had to endure having their legal documentation listing them as the wrong sex.

So this is a good thing and it’s nice to see Canberra leading the way here.

The legal recognition of sex and gender diverse people in the ACT community will be improved by legislation introduced in the Legislative Assembly today, said Attorney-General, Simon Corbell.

“In today’s society the physical characteristics that identify a person as a particular sex are external characteristics that are socially recognisable. There is no need for exact knowledge of a person’s sexual organs, and no justification for requiring unwanted surgery,” said Mr Corbell.

“Although the Births Deaths and Marriages Registration Amendment Bill 2013 affects a relatively small number of people in our community, these changes will have a large and positive impact on this section of the community. Until now, these community members have been unfairly disadvantaged by outmoded restrictions on sex and gender recognition,” he said.

In an Australian first, the Bill removes the legislative requirement that a person wanting to change their record of sex on a birth certificate has to undergo sexual reassignment surgery. This is replaced with a requirement that they have received ‘appropriate clinical treatment’.

“This amendment aligns the ACT’s legislation with the Australian Government’s Guidelines on the recognition of sex and gender, and Australian Passport Office policy, so that there is consistency for sex and gender diverse people in the ACT Community.

“The Bill contains amendments to help sex and gender diverse people to exercise fundamental human rights, including the right to privacy and reputation, recognition and equality before the law, and the protection of family and children,” Mr Corbell said.

Other amendments made by the Bill include the declaration that interstate recognition certificates are, for the purposes of Territory law, evidence that the person has the sex stated in the certificate; amending the definition of ‘intersex’ to better reflect the federal definition; and extending the time parents have to register the sex of a child after birth from 60 days to six months.

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New sex and gender diversity legislation introduced today
Watson 4:59 pm 28 Nov 13

Roundhead89 said :

This is ridiculous. The whole female impersonator thing was started as a stage act by Carlotta in the late 1960s and it was only ever intended as a joke. It wasn’t real. To now have people mutilating their bodies and having the law encouraging this is tragic. I’ve said this before on RA but it seems that this very basic biological truth hasn’t been heard in sections of the ACT government so I’ll repeat it: If you are born with a penis you are a male. If you are born with a vagina you are a female. End of story.

You forgot:
– If you are blonde, you are dumb
– If you are short and have a penis, you are angry
– If you have a long nose, you are a liar

You get my drift: bring back profiling on the basis of physical characteristics now!

annus_horribilis 4:47 pm 28 Nov 13

Sigh, why does my quoting never work properly!

annus_horribilis 4:46 pm 28 Nov 13

annus_horribilis510030″]’tis all in the chromosomes.

It’s just like that

And that’s the way it is.

So what gender are those with XXY chromsomes, and non specific genetalia? They do exist.

Roundhead89 4:41 pm 28 Nov 13

This is ridiculous. The whole female impersonator thing was started as a stage act by Carlotta in the late 1960s and it was only ever intended as a joke. It wasn’t real. To now have people mutilating their bodies and having the law encouraging this is tragic. I’ve said this before on RA but it seems that this very basic biological truth hasn’t been heard in sections of the ACT government so I’ll repeat it: If you are born with a penis you are a male. If you are born with a vagina you are a female. End of story.

ScienceRules 3:37 pm 28 Nov 13

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Dear Diary

Today PantsMan had sand in his anus because of something the government did.

It was a good day.

Love it!

Solidarity 3:32 pm 28 Nov 13

’tis all in the chromosomes.

It’s just like that

And that’s the way it is.

CrocodileGandhi 2:47 pm 28 Nov 13

voytek3 said :

Sorry to point out reality to those people with obvious mental issues but you are either male or female. Whatever you think or surgery is not going to ever change this fact. If you disagree you are wrong.

The argument is over, people. We can all go home now that voytek3 has so thoroughly and convincingly argued his case.

staria 2:17 pm 28 Nov 13

“Although the Births Deaths and Marriages Registration Amendment Bill 2013 affects a relatively small number of people in our community, these changes will have a large and positive impact on this section of the community. Until now, these community members have been unfairly disadvantaged by outmoded restrictions on sex and gender recognition,”

They also do not impact the rest of the community in any adverse way. Very nice work!

DrKoresh 2:04 pm 28 Nov 13

PantsMan said :

More pointless pandering to an extreme minority, while Rome (Canberra) burns.

Priorities? FFS!

What a load of hyperbolic rubbish, get over it Pantsman.

Woody Mann-Caruso 2:04 pm 28 Nov 13

Dear Diary

Today PantsMan had sand in his anus because of something the government did.

It was a good day.

c_c™ 1:57 pm 28 Nov 13

PantsMan said :

More pointless pandering to an extreme minority, while Rome (Canberra) burns.

Priorities? FFS!

Another reason to hate conservatives right here

voytek3 1:51 pm 28 Nov 13

Sorry to point out reality to those people with obvious mental issues but you are either male or female. Whatever you think or surgery is not going to ever change this fact. If you disagree you are wrong.

PantsMan 1:31 pm 28 Nov 13

maxblues said :

If parents will have six months to work out what sex their child is, how long do they have to decide on a name?

So you’ve got 60 days to decide if you want a transgender newborn?

F*&k! Me! Dead!

These guys have gone nuts.

PantsMan 1:16 pm 28 Nov 13

More pointless pandering to an extreme minority, while Rome (Canberra) burns.

Priorities? FFS!

maxblues 1:11 pm 28 Nov 13

If parents will have six months to work out what sex their child is, how long do they have to decide on a name?

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