Australia Tasmania's transgender law changes get a tick, but easier compensation recommended

02:36  22 june  2020
02:36  22 june  2020 Source:   msn.com

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a person posing for the camera: Latrobe woman Francene Jacques, 78, holds her birth certificate registering her as a female. (ABC News: Michael Brooks) © Provided by ABC NEWS Latrobe woman Francene Jacques, 78, holds her birth certificate registering her as a female. (ABC News: Michael Brooks)

For 78-year-old Latrobe woman Francene Jacques, the morning of September 5 last year was life-changing.

It was the day her birth certificate was changed to register her as female, amended under Tasmania's nation-leading transgender reforms passed earlier in the year.

"It's just made such a difference to my life. I've never been so happy and self-confident," she said.

"I never realised it was such an important piece of paper until I actually had it.

"I always wanted to be buried as an old woman and I always had the fear I'd be buried as an old man, but once I had that bit of paper I knew I could get my wish."

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The controversial laws — which make gender optional on birth certificates and end the requirement for transgender people to have sex reassignment surgery for their gender to be recognised — passed Tasmania's Parliament in April 2019, with Labor, the Greens and House of Assembly Speaker Sue Hickey teaming up to push them through, despite the Government's opposition.

The Government warned the changes were sloppily drafted and may have unintended consequences, hinting they may try to repeal them.

Calls for other states to adopt similar laws

The Tasmania Law Reform Institute was tasked with examining the changes, and after a lengthy process has determined they did not create any significant unintended consequences.

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Research officer Dylan Richards said the changes had made the lives of transgender and non-binary Tasmanians easier.

"While there are some pretty significant changes, which will affect some members of our community in positive ways, for most people in Tasmania it won't affect their daily lives," he said.

Tasmania's Justice Department says that between September 5, 2019 when the laws came into effect, and May 31 this year, 63 Tasmanians applied to change their gender on an existing birth certificate, and 743 people applied for a certificate without gender details.

Mr Richards said he hoped other states would look at Tasmania's experience and adopt similar laws.

"We're hoping that other jurisdictions might look at what's happened in Tasmania and our report and see that these kinds of changes aren't necessarily all that scary, and that they can be confident they can take similar changes themselves," he said.

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Equality Tasmania spokesperson Charlie Burton said the transgender and gender-diverse community would be relieved by the outcome of the report.

"We're really pleased that the report confirms what many of us have already experienced, which is the laws improve the lives of trans and gender-diverse Tasmanians," Dr Burton said.

More changes recommended

The Law Reform Institute has recommended that Tasmania pursue new laws guiding consent for medical procedures, including making non-consensual surgical treatments a crime, and making it easier for intersex people to receive compensation for harm suffered as a result of non-consensual surgical treatment.

"We found that surgical interventions on intersex children can have significant long term consequences that last into adulthood," Mr Richards said.

"Given the ongoing concern from the intersex community about this kind of surgery, we recommend stronger, clearer guidance around consent to medical treatment.

"It would be vital for everyone in the community but particularly in respect of the intersex community who have experienced a long history of invasive medical treatment on them, particularly when they're children."

The State Government confirmed Attorney-General Elise Archer had received a copy of the Law Reform Institute's report and was considering the recommendations.

"Given the manner in which these changes were made, it remains important to monitor their effect and any implications for further reform," a spokesman said.

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