MYTHS ABOUT GENDER REFORMS CHALLENGED

“Misinformation and fear-mongering of the kind we have seen in recent days makes life harder for transgender and gender diverse people, and damages the fabric of Tasmanian society.” – Martine Delaney

Transgender equality advocates have called on Tasmanians to talk to transgender people, not about them, in response to what they say is a misinformation campaign by the Tasmanian Government.

Transforming Tasmania spokesperson, Martine Delaney, said,

“I urge Tasmanians to listen to the people whose lives will be improved by proposed gender law reforms, rather than to the misinformation that is coming from a number of commentators and the Tasmanian Government.”

“This reform is about people, not politics and we urge our fellow Tasmanians to talk to us, not about us.”

Ms Delaney highlighted the story in today’s Mercury newspaper of a mother of a transgender teenager who faces employment discrimination because of the state’s archaic birth certificate laws.

“In the coming weeks we will continue to highlight the human face of the proposed reforms to counter the misinformation and fear-mongering that is occurring.”

Ms Delaney said the Tasmanian Government has deliberately muddied the waters in order to stir up fear and score political points.

“The Government is wrong to say these reforms are somehow secret, because we have met the Attorney-General several times since the March election to discuss the issue with her.”

“It is also wrong to say the reforms require further consultation, and may have ‘unintended consequences’, because the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commission conducted a thoroughgoing consultation on precisely the same issues in 2016 that recommended reform and did not identify any ‘unintended consequences’.”

“Another myth is that parents will have no choice about putting their child’s gender on their child’s birth certificate, when in fact they will have a choice.”

“Misinformation and fear-mongering of the kind we have seen in recent days makes life harder for transgender and gender diverse people, and damages the fabric of Tasmanian society.”

For the story in today’s Mercury, click here