Advocates for gender law reform have invited Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, to meet transgender, gender diverse and intersex Tasmanians and their families.
The invitation comes after Mr Morrison tweeted that the gender reforms passed by the Tasmanian Lower House yesterday were “ridiculous”.
Transforming Tasmania spokesperson, Roen Meijers, said,
“We invite Mr Morrison to meet the people personally affected by this important reform because personal stories can change the hearts and minds, including the Prime Minister’s.”
“Transgender, gender diverse and intersex people have compelling stories to tell of stigma and discrimination, and as Prime Minister, Mr Morrison has a responsibility to hear these stories so he is fully informed.”
“We are happy to meet Mr Morrison anywhere anytime, and all we ask in return is that he comes to the meeting with an open mind.”
Roen Meijers highlighted the article in Monday’s Hobart by Candace Harrington, who wrote about the discrimination her transgender son, Callum, faces when seeking work because his birth certificate does not match his gender identity.
“Candace and Callum have a compelling story to tell, as do many transgender, gender diverse and intersex people and our families.”
“Already Candace and Callum’s story has resulted in letters to the Mercury from people who have changed their minds and now support birth certificate reform.”
In a tweet this morning Mr Morrison said,
“Labor’s plan to remove gender from birth certificates in Tasmania is ridiculous. Bill Shorten should step up and commit to put a motion to ALP Federal Conference to outlaw it.”