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Transforming Tasmania: Legal reforms for gender diverse and intersex equality

Summary

This panel will discuss the proposed reforms and call for an end to legal discrimination and restrictions on the freedom of Tasmanians.

Start Date

17th Oct 2018 6:00pm

End Date

17th Oct 2018 7:30pm

Venue

Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay campus

RSVP / Contact Information

Enquiries: UTAS.Events@utas.edu.au or 6226 2521

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An open Q&A forum with an expert panel on proposed reforms for transgender, gender diverse and intersex people in Tasmania.

Panellists:

  • Professor Margaret Otlowski, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Culture and Wellbeing) and Professor of Law, University of Tasmania
  • Robin Banks, former Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner and author of the 2016 options paper Legal recognition of sex and gender diversity in Tasmania
  • Dede River, Transforming Tasmania spokesperson and legislative drafter
  • Matty Wright, Transgender Tasmania community leader

Moderator: Dr Angela Dwyer, Associate Professor, Police Studies and Emergency Management, University of Tasmania

Did you know transgender Tasmanians are currently forced to divorce and to undergo high-risk surgery before changing their gender on documents like their birth certificate?

Intersex children are often made to endure surgery before they are old enough to understand or consent?

Gender diverse Tasmanians can be forced to misgender themselves because official forms only recognise male and female?  

These outdated laws perpetuate discrimination and can contribute to high rates of self-harm and suicide among transgender, gender diverse and intersex Tasmanians.

The Tasmanian Government is reviewing the Births, Deaths and Marriages Act in response to calls from Transforming Tasmania, a new community group advocating for LGBTQ+ rights.

This panel will discuss the proposed reforms and call for an end to legal discrimination and restrictions on the freedom of Tasmanians.

Refreshments from 5.30pm.

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