Greenwich and Greens push for greater trans and intersex protections
When the NSW Legislative Council released their report on Same-Sex Marriage last month, a number of issues for trans and intersex people were highlighted, including the issue of forced divorces.
Now Greens member Mehreen Faruqi and Independent member Alex Greenwich have announced plans to draft amendments to the Births Deaths and Marriages Act 1995 to end this unnecessary requirement.
Both Faruqi and Greenwich believe it is appaling trans and intersex people still face these discriminations.
“It is unacceptable that relationships and families can be torn apart so callously by discrimination ingrained in NSW law. It is time the law fully recognises and protects our Trans and Intersex communities,” commented Dr Faruqi.
Faruqi and Greenwich will work with Greens MLA Jamie Parker, Rainbow Labor to give the proposed amendments the best chance of passing both houses. They will also seek to amend the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act to widen the scope of the act to include protections for the intersex community, adopting the definitions used in the Federal Sex Discrimination Act.
Says Greenwich: “The Trans and Intersex communities currently have to deal with unnecessary, cruel, and out-dated discrimination in NSW legislation and we will work hard to end this."