Tasmania considers amending Births Deaths and Marriages Registration Act for better inclusion of trans and intersex
Tasmania’s Anti Discrimination Commissioner Robin Banks is proposing a range of legislative changes that will allow trans and intersex people to register their gender as X if desired.
Banks said under current Tasmanian law a transgender person is unable to have their gender recognised on official documents unless they have had surgery, and if they are married, to be granted a divorce.
“You can’t register a change of gender without a divorce and you can’t register a change of gender without surgery,” Banks told The Mercury.
“We are hearing from people this is a quite a devastating part of their life that they can’t deal with easily. They can’t just get on with being who they are, they keep coming up against red tape.”
Banks, who has presented a report proposing changes to the Tasmanian Births Deaths and Marriages Act 1999, to the Attorney General says trans and intersex people should also be able to identify as X if so desired. This option is currently available to Australian passport holders. Banks suggested binary sex categories of Male and female did little to promote inclusion.
Attorney General Vanessa Goodwin said she is taking the papers under consideration.
The Attorney General said the State Government would consider the report following the Commissioner’s community¬consultation.
“The Anti-Discrimination Commissioner will release a final report and recommendations in due course,” she said.
The options paper to amend the Births, Deaths and Marri¬ages Act is open for public comment until April 4.