Transgender and gender diverse advocates have welcomed support for proposed legal reforms from several key Tasmania’s women’s services.
The groups have spoken out after the proposals were opposed by a group called Women Speak Tasmania.
Transforming Tasmania spokesperson, Roen Meijers, said,
“We are overjoyed that four important women’s services have backed the reforms we are seeking and have exploded many of the myths about those reforms.”
“As the women’s groups say, allowing us to amend our birth certificates without surgery and having a choice about whether gender is marked on birth certificates will be of immense benefit to some people and will make absolutely no difference to anyone else.”
The groups in support of the proposed law reforms are the Women’s Legal Service, the Hobart Women’s Shelter, Women’s Health Tasmania and Engender Equality.
A copy of their statement is attached.
Women Speak Tasmania has conducted a strident campaign against transgender or gender diverse law reform, painting the reforms, and transgender people more broadly, as some kind of threat to society.
Roen Meijers said,
“It can be devastating for transgender and gender diverse people to have our lives and rights attacked, but having four respected womens’ groups onside reminds us that there are people who care.”
Roen Meijers is Transforming Tasmania spokesperson