AUSTRALIA, Victoria - Last week State law came into effect enabling transsexuals born in Victoria to amend their birth certificates to reflect their affirmed gender, reports MCV.
The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration (Amendment) Act 2004 also provides recognition certificates for Victorian residents born elsewhere.
While the transgender community welcomes progressive steps in the area, Transgender Victoria's media spokesperson Sally Goldner, believes the requirement of "sex affirmation surgery" was disappointing.
"We will campaign inthe longer term for irreversibility and length of transition to be the key factors in birth certificate changes," she said.
During the 2004 Gender Seminar, The Monash University team presented statistics suggesting approximately 20-30% of male-to-females have had surgery. The new legislation does little to assist the remaining percentage who could possibly be living in their affirmed gender full-time but can't have sugery due to financial or medical reasons.
The law also doesn't allow birth certificate changes for transgender individuals who have not undergone surgery but are having extensive, long-term hormone treatment, a category encompassing the majority of the transgendered community's members.
Ms Goldner stresses the need for ... anti-discrimination laws that cover ... gender identity, but fears the current Federal Government will not make protection for the community a priority.