Transgender people of the Victoria state in Australia will now have the option to choose the gender on their birth certificates without gender reassignment surgery.
The birth certificate bill passed 26-14 in the Victorian Upper House on Tuesday night and will become law once receiving royal assent.
“Interstate and international evidence show that whilst not a large number of people take up these options it’s simply is an option that’s there to people the choice to make sure that identity documents reflect the reality of the life that people live,” said Equality Minister Martin Foley on Wednesday.
A statement from a psychologist or doctor will also be needed to accompany the submission in the case of a minor – as reported.
The state of Victoria joins Tasmania, Northern Territory, South Australia and the ACT in passing this law.
Sometimes change scares people. I get that.
And I understand that some in our community may disagree with the change to the Births, Deaths & Marriages Act.
— Jackson Taylor MP (@JacksonTaylorMP) August 19, 2019
We did it! Birth certificate reform has passed in Victoria. ⠀
Victoria joins Tas, NT, SA and the ACT in passing laws that make it easier for people to update their birth certificates without facing unnecessary and invasive medical interventions.
⠀#MyIDMyIdentity #SpringSt pic.twitter.com/G6eHpwVCOL
— EqualityAustralia 🌈 (@EqualityAu) August 27, 2019