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ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell. Photo: Rohan Thomson
Transgender people will be able to alter birth certificates

in AUSTRALIA, 22/03/2014

Transgender people in Canberra are set for a landmark win this week when the ACT government passes laws allowing them to change the sex on their birth certificate.

To date, a birth certificate can only be changed where someone has had sexual reassignment surgery.

But the new laws will allow someone to identify as male, female or ''X'', without surgery.

All they need is for a doctor or psychologist to certify they have received ''appropriate clinical treatment'' - which is deliberately not defined, leaving it to the doctor or psychologist.

The legislation is set to be debated and passed on Thursday.

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