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GENDER IDENTITY NO LONGER A MENTAL ILLNESS IN VICTORIA

An amendment to Victoria’s Mental Health Bill (2014) to ensure the expression of of any particular gender identity is not defined as a mental illness has been passed in the state’s parliament tonight.

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28th March 2014 04:05

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Oceania

The amendment was introduced by Prahran state Liberal MP Clem Newton-Brown to the Coalition cabinet, who accepted it before it was introduced in the upper house.

The Greens had also introduced the same amendment, and the cross-party support of the change to the bill passed in order for it to be legislated.
Section 4(2) of the bill sets out examples of what does not constitute mental illness: ”that the person expresses or refuses or fails to express a particular sexual preference or sexual orientation”.

The successful amendments secured “gender identity” into the wording of that clause.

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