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Submission on Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill

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My submission on the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill. It is shorter than I had originally intended as – with everything else happening – I found the deadline had rushed up on me.

Ironically, it was a TERF posting on The Standard who reminded me to get this submission done before today’s deadline.

The Submission:

Committee members might want to reflect on a simple truth:

Currently, people who are transgender or non-binary have to go through a Court process to have their gender corrected and to be legally identified as to their identity.

Nowhere else in society do we demand that a sector of the community go through a similar process. Not cis males; not cis women; not Maori; not Pasifika; not Asian; not gay men; not lesbian women; no one.

But we demand that trans people go through a legal process that we do not require from anyone else.

This not only defies logic, but also hints at a form of “apartheid”, where a minority is treated differently from the rest of us.

Imagine if we ALL had to go through a similar process, to have our gender identity validated by a Judges stamp on a Court document. How would any of us feel about that?

I not only support the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill, but I hope to god we never have to go through such a process again.

No one should have to be validated by an official process.

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Submission on Conversion Not-A-Therapy Bill

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  1. Priss
    16 September 2021 at 10:17 am

    “Currently, people who are transgender or non-binary have to go through a Court process to have their gender corrected and to be legally identified as to their identity.

    Nowhere else in society do we demand that a sector of the community go through a similar process. Not cis males; not cis women; not Maori; not Pasifika; not Asian; not gay men; not lesbian women; no one.”

    Absolutely correct.

    I wonder how others might feel if they had to rock up to a judge and have their gender, orientation, etc, validated with a court document. Dystopian indeed!!

    As for TERFs opposing this bill, which I understand they do, its a thinly veiled attack on transgender people. The sooner these bigots are consigned to the dustbin of history, the better for us all.

  2. Sally's Husband
    17 September 2021 at 9:31 am

    We have a close friend whose daughter (in late teens) is undergoing f-t-m transition.

    The prospect of having to apply to the Courts to confirm who they are puts more stress on them (preferred pronoun) than the process of self-discovery they are going through. They resent the fact that no one else has to go through this process.

    The sooner we get rid of this current antiquated system the better. It has no place in modern New Zealand/Aotearoa.

    As for those people in SUFW, words cannot describe how we feel about their last-century style of bigotry. They cause more harm than transitioning for trans people.

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