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Friday, October 22, 2004

Transsexual MP's bill to stop discrimination on gender identity

22 October 2004

Transsexual MP Georgina Beyer has drafted legislation she hopes will stop discrimination on the grounds of the gender a person identifies with.
Her bill provides for "gender identity" to be included as one of the prohibited grounds of discrimination in section 21 of the Human Rights Act 1993.
Under the Act, people are not allowed to discriminate on the basis of race or sex, for instance.
"Transgendered people are not referred to in section 21 and thus appear not to be protected by the anti-discrimination provisions of the Human Rights Act 1993," notes to Ms Beyer's bill said.
While most people identified with the gender with which they were born, some did not.
"People whose identification with a gender different from that with which they are born, often known as transgendered people, are subjected to discrimination in employment, housing and in some matters covered by the law."
The Human Rights (Gender Identity) Amendment Bill would offer protection from discrimination on the grounds of gender identity.


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