TASMANIAN GAY AND LESBIAN RIGHTS GROUP
Sunday October 21st 2012
TASSIE GENDER ANTI-BIAS LAW PRAISED AS “WORLD FIRST”
Gender rights advocates have praised the Tasmanian Government’s proposed amendments to the state’s Anti-Discrimination Act, saying they boost protections for transgender and intersex people.
The Government’s proposals include explicitly protecting intersex people from discrimination for the first time anywhere in the world, and providing stronger protections for transgender people.
Sydney-based President of Organisation Intersex International Australia, Gina Wilson, said,
“The Government’s proposal provides fully inclusive and explicit protection from discrimination for all intersex people.”
“This is the first time this has occurred anywhere in the world, and I applaud the Tasmanian Government for taking such a principled stand.”
Tasmanian transgender rights advocate, Martine Delaney, said,
“By using the broad and inclusive term ‘transgender’ and by creating the new grounds for discrimination, ‘gender identity’, the government is signalling to transgender people that it considers discrimination against us to be as serious as other forms of bias.”
“Transgender and intersex people are very vulnerable to discrimination and I’m proud Tasmania is leading the world in protecting us from discrimination.”
Currently in Tasmania, if transgender and intersex people experience discrimination they can only take a case under the limited term “transsexuality” which is inappropriately included along with “heterosexuality”, “homosexuality” and “bisexuality” under the umbrella term “sexual orientation”.
Under proposed amendments “transsexuality” will be grouped with the new term “transgender” under a new grounds of “gender identity”. “Intersex” will be an entirely new grounds for discrimination.
Transgender people are those who identify with a sex other than the one they
were born with. Intersex people have physical or genetic characteristics that are not wholly male or female.
Rodney Croome Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group. Australian Marriage Equality