Stop forcing surgery on trans Australians

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We're rightly celebrating marriage equality in Australia at the moment. With the removal of the restriction of marriage to 'between a man and a woman', any couple can get married, including trans and non-binary people.

Previously trans folks had to get divorced before we could change the sex on our birth certificates, but that's all changing now, which is great! But it's not the end of the fight.

Trans people in most states and territories of Australia are required to have gender-related surgery before changing their birth certificate. Not all trans people even want surgery, and of those who do, few can afford it. It's a really cruel and out-of-touch requirement that leaves most of us with mismatched identification.

It's not how it has to be though. SA and the ACT don't require a person to have invasive, expensive and often unwanted surgery just to change a letter on their birth certificate. It's time for the rest of the country to follow.

We call on the state and territory governments to remove the requirement for surgery for people changing their legal sex. 

Additionally, we call for the Department of Births, Deaths and Marriages to issue 'clean' birth certificates to trans people who change their name.

Current practice is to issue a new certificate when a person corrects their sex, but it still shows the old name, effectively outing people as trans. To further preserve the dignity of trans people, each state and territory must offer the option of a new birth certificate noting that the person has had another name but not stating what it was.

We've got marriage equality, now let's start making things really LGBTI-inclusive around here.



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