Victoria passes birth certificate reforms

Paul Hayes

28/08/2019 1:14:07 PM

Transgender and gender-diverse people in Victoria will be free to change the sex on their birth certificate without gender-reassignment surgery.

Martin Foley
Victorian Minister for Equality Martin Foley (left) described the reforms as ‘long overdue’. (Image: James Ross)

Victoria’s birth certificate reforms passed the state’s parliament on Tuesday night.
The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Amendment Bill passed through the upper house by a vote of 26–14. Victoria has become the fifth Australian state or territory to allow the change on birth certificates, joining Tasmania, the Northern Territory, South Australia and the ACT.
Victorian Minister for Equality Martin Foley called the change ‘long overdue’.
‘It will make sure that gender-diverse and trans Victorians have the same rights as everyone else for their foundation identity document to reflect who they are,’ he told reporters.
State Attorney-General Jill Hennessy said the change may be, ‘A small thing to many, but it means a world of difference to someone else’.

Key to the Victorian Government argument for reform was the idea that requiring a person to undergo gender-reassignment surgery before they could change their birth certificate was not fair because some people are unable, or do not wish, to go through what is a significant procedure.
‘These important new laws are about ensuring everyone can live their life as they choose, and that includes having a birth certificate that reflects their true identity,’ Attorney-General Hennessy said.
‘The current surgery requirement sends a painful and false message that there is something wrong with being trans or gender-diverse that needs to be “fixed”. That’s why we’re removing this cruel and unfair barrier.’
While the bill passed the upper house, it did so without the support of the state opposition.  Victorian Liberal leader Michael O’Brien was clear in his party’s opposition, specifically what it considers the conflation of gender and sex
‘A birth certificate is supposed to report somebody’s biological sex, but gender identification is a different concept,’ Mr O’Brien told reporters.
‘What the government has done in this bill is turn a document which is designed to record biological sex into something which reports a person’s gender identification.’

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Bill Lancashire   29/08/2019 9:00:10 AM

I hate to be old fashioned but it is quite appropriate to self appropriate a gender on a birth certificate or any document but I am sorry one’s sex Is a biological fact from the moment of conception.

Jacqueline   29/08/2019 8:11:41 PM

Sexualising and corrupting children’s innocence is always abusive and wrong. According to the American College of Pediatricians “Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse”.
How can promoting gender confusion help “develop” Australian children? This promotion of various options other than male or female on the birth certificate begins and promotes the gender fluidity of childhood giving Australian children not safeguards but allowing them to see people who can defy gender restrictions (for the safety of society) in according to how they feel and so you, Attorney General, are grooming the next generation in Australia for destruction.

Lawrence Tay   29/08/2019 10:42:16 PM

so can a biologically male change the sex to female and join olympics and compete in female sports? men play female AFLs, soccers, running, swimming etc... it'll be interestingly messy to imagine the situations...