Controversy as Tasmania makes gender optional on birth certificates

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04/10/2019

Tasmania made it optional to list gender on birth certificates on Wednesday, a move criticised by the Australian island’s leader and Christian activists who fear it would endanger women. LGBT+ rights group ILGA said Tasmania was probably one of the first places in the world to dispense with gender on birth certificates – which can be problematic for intersex babies born with atypical chromosomes or sex characteristics. The reforms also allows trans people to change their gender on identity documents without first undergoing sex reassignment surgery, a policy known as self-identification.

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