Gender advocates have applauded the Tasmanian Lower House for passing landmark transgender equality reforms.

This evening Labor and the Greens joined with Liberal Speaker of the House, Sue Hickey, to pass reforms that sweep away hurdles to transgender and gender diverse people having their gender officially recognised.

Transforming Tasmania spokesperson, Roen Meijers, said,

“I applaud the Tasmanian Lower House for providing greater equity, dignity and hope for transgender, gender diverse and intersex Tasmanians.”

“A year ago Tasmanians voted emphatically for the principle of equality and its wonderful to see that principle finally being put into practice for transgender, gender diverse and intersex Tasmanians.”

“It’s particularly important that this reform has passed on the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, the day where we remember those transgender people who lives were lost to prejudice, hate and violence.”

“We will now turn our attention to the Upper House which we will brief on Thursday.”

“Our simple message to Upper House members is that it’s time for equality for all Tasmanians, regardless of our gender identity.”

The reforms include removing the surgery and divorce requirements for amending birth certificates, providing the option of not having gender cited on birth certificates and prohibiting hate speech against transgender, gender diverse and intersex Tasmanians.