In March 2021, the Government announced its intent to pass sex self-identification into law this year, as a priority.
Gender and sex are different, yet self-identification will replace sex in law with the contested theory of ‘gender identity’.
If you believe a change this big should go to public consultation before becoming law, please take action:
Speak Up For Women respectfully demand:
- The Government must send the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill back to Select Committee; the sex self-identification proposal must be subject to robust democratic process, which includes reasonable public consultation.
- The Department of Internal Affairs must follow Crown Law’s advice to review how the proposed changes will impact the protected category of “sex,” and “sexual orientation” intended to protect women and same sex attracted people for the purposes of accessing reserved entitlements, facilities, services, roles or opportunities, or rights and obligations under the law
- The Government must, as a priority, ensure that all Ministries have assessed the impact of this law, and provide guidance to the Minister on any conflict of rights posed by self-identification.
- The Government must review how the proposed changes will affect data gathering, reporting and the integrity of records for things such as crime, health and monitoring sex-based discrimination such as the pay gap.
We support respectful, evidence-based dialogue and freedom of speech. We support the rights of transgender people to live their lives free from violence and discrimination. Rights do not exist in isolation and a fair society balances the rights of all.