In a surprising move, stating a baby’s gender is no longer required in parts of Australia, starting today. And the new law doesn’t just cover babies – now, you no longer have to undergo gender reassignment surgery in order to change your registered gender.
Teens as young as 16 can apply to change the gender that is registered through the state without parental consent. This is a huge move for trans rights and a big change to the current system in place.
Who Is Affected by This Change?
It is important to note that this doesn’t cover all of Australia. This law specifically affects Tasmania, an island off the coast of Australia that is considered an “island state”. It has representatives in the Australian parliament but has certain freedoms to run the state as it sees fit.
Tasmania only has a population of just over half a million people.
The biggest “change” that this makes is that parents are no longer required to list their child’s gender at birth. Instead of having to choose their biological gender, parents can decline to list any gender at all.
Anyone from Tasmania can now petition the legal system to change or remove their gender altogether, without any form of reassignment surgery or medical diagnosis.
Passed in April
The law was passed in April, and today (September 5th) is the first day that this goes into effect.
Tasmanian officials say that 4 people have already petitioned to have their gender changed or removed entirely from the records, and they expect to see a lot more people come forward in the coming weeks.
Tasmania Isn’t the Only One
In June, Victoria became the 5th state in Australia to implement what is being called “birth certificate reform”, though it has not been implemented yet.
The Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Northern Territory, and Western Australia all have passed or implemented similar reforms within the past few years, giving the freedom of choosing their own gender back to the people.
There is still much opposition from more conservative members of parliament, who have called it an “attack” on society, but this is clearly just another step towards trans rights and freedom.