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Tasmania protects trans and intersex people in anti-discrimination law reform

in AUSTRALIA, 12/10/2013

Tasmania took a significant step towards equality last week with the state parliament’s passage of the Anti-Discrimination Amendment Bill 2012, extending legal protections on the grounds of gender identity and intersex status for the first time.

Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Robin Banks said the bill brought a number of welcome changes to the state’s anti-discrimination law.

“Protection from discrimination under the Tasmanian Act has now been extended to the grounds of gender identity and intersex,” Banks said, explaining the bill brings the state into line with the federal Sex Discrimination Amendment Bill passed earlier this year.

“The amendments also extend the existing protection from humiliating, intimidating, ridiculing, offending or insulting conduct to the grounds of race, age, disability, sexual orientation and lawful sexual conduct.”

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