Australia has passed a bill which means kids can now choose their own gender, and it has certainly caused a reaction.
As of Tuesday, the fifth Aussie state, Victoria, issued a bill which means it is now that legal that adults can change their gender on their birth certificate.
Before this, transgendered people could only request their gender be changed on their birth certificate if they had undergone gender reassignment surgery.
But what has caused more of a reaction is that kids can now self-nominate their gender, or choose to be a “non-binary descriptor” which means instead of “Mr” or “Ms” they’d be “Mx”.
After consulting a doctor or psychologist and receiving a statement, kids now only need permission from their parents to make all the necessary changes on all official documentation.
Martin Foley, Equality Minister, stated that the changes had long needed to be enforced.
Speaking to reporters, he said: “It will make sure that gender diverse and trans Victorians have the same rights as everyone else for their foundation identity document to reflect who they are.
“Interstate and international evidence shows that whilst not a large number of people take up the these options it’s simply is an option that’s there to people.
“Its the choice to make sure that identity documents reflect the reality of the life that people live.”
The law was passed after a 26-14 vote, which was voted by local Victoria lawmakers in the Victorian Upper House.
Victoria has joined more than half of the country’s eight states: Tasmania, Northern Territory, South Australia and the Australia Capital Territory in making these important changes.
This means over 9 million Australians live in states where the new birth certificate law is in place. This is over a third of the country’s population.
The most densely populated states, New South Wales, and Western Australia and Central Australia have not instigated similar legislations.
Liberals have opposed to the new bill, who found issue with the bill combining gender and sex, and the purpose of a birth certificate.
Michael O’Brien, Victorian Opposition Leader, stated: “A birth certificate is supposed to report somebody’s biological sex, but gender identification is a different concept.
“What the government has done in this bill, is turn a document which is designed to record biological sex, into something which reports a person’s gender identification.”
The Victorian Opposition Leader isn’t the only one who has an opinion on this bill, with many expressing their views through social media.
Does this mean no more Gender Pay Gaps, No Misogyny, No more Violence against Women etc??? Can’t have it both ways 🤔
— Grumpy OLD Soldier (@GrumpyOLSoldier) August 27, 2019
An important piece of legislation that will save lives and reduce discrimination.
— Jenny Scott (@ADL_Archivist) August 28, 2019
Victoria have bigger issues to worry about. Escalating violence, gang crime, rolling blackouts… this is just a distraction.
— 💋 (@PoliticsBySassy) August 28, 2019
Victoria’s government attempted to enact these birth certificate changes in 2016, however MPs discouraged this.