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Commissioner congratulates State Government on Gender Reassignment Bill

by EOC | Aug 16, 2018

Acting Western Australian Equal Opportunity Commissioner Dr John Byrne has congratulated the WA State Government for progressing equality for people who have transitioned to the opposite sex.

Dr Byrne said the introduction of the State Government’s Gender Reassignment Bill 2018 intended to provide stability for those who were required to undergo marriage separation to receive a Gender Recognition Certificateso they would not be registered in a same sex marriage, which was unlawful until last year.

“In a post Marriage Amendment Act 2017 world, all state governments need to make changes to accommodate same sex marriage and achieve equality for the LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex) community.

“The introduction of the Gender Reassignment Bill is a positive step by the WA State Government,” he said.

Dr Byrne said the Commission had worked very closely with the WA gender diverse community through the development of its Guidelines for supporting sexual and gender diversity in schools and through the annual Isabelle Lake Memorial Lecture.

He said those transitioning gender are some of the most vulnerable in our community.

“It is not an easy thing to receive a Gender Recognition Certificate in Western Australia, so I am pleased those who have been through the process will not be required to leave loving marriages to receive that certificate recognising their transition if the Bill is passed,” he said.

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