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Parliament unanimously passes sex self-identification law, simplifying changes to birth certificates

Parliament has unanimously passed a sex self-identification law which will make it easier to amend a person’s sex on their birth certificates.

Green MP Dr Elizabeth Kerekere, who is herself takatāpui (a Māori member of the LGBTQI+ community), held back tears as she spoke on the bill…

“This bill signals the continuing shift in New Zealand, in our society, that reflects that the world is changing. That actually LGBTIQ people, people with diverse gender, sexualities, and sex characteristics are a normal part of our lives, of our whānau.

“This bill recognises that those who need to amend their birth certificate can do so. That the courts do not have the right to make that choice for them. That parents do not have that right. That cisgender people who don’t even know them or care about them do not have that right.”