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Transgender, intersex people call for Queensland birth certificate reforms

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Trans woman Riley-Faye Jackson

Queensland transgender and intersex people are pushing for the right to have their gender recognised on their birth certificate.

Currently only people who have undergone gender reassignment surgery are eligible to apply to have their birth certificates changed.

Janet Berry, from the Queensland Action Group for LGBTIQ+ Students, said many people were excluded by the rules.

"Some people don't want to go through sex assignment surgery, it can be risky and it can be expensive," Dr Berry said.

The law also means people who are married and undergo surgery must get divorced before they can change the sex on their birth certificate.

"Even though one member of the marriage has gone through the transgender process, that doesn't mean to say the couple wants to split up and it can be stressful to any children involved," Dr Berry said.

The ACT passed laws in 2014 to make it easier for people to change the sex on their birth certificates.

Legislation has been introduced into Victoria and South Australia's parliaments, while Tasmania is looking at the issue.


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