To join the statement, send us a selfie with a poster, and a sentence or two on why you think the BDMRR Bill should pass.
You can choose whether to use male, female, or gender diverse, just the same way you can choose ethnicity - with no supporting documentation. You do not need to change your birth certificate or other ID to changer your gender marker with MSD.
Gender Minorities Aotearoa has recently updated our information on changing the sex marker on your birth certificate.
All about the BDMRR Bill and changing gender markers on birth certificates
As a progressive country, New Zealand prides itself on being world leaders in human rights - from votes for women, to decriminalisation of sex work, equal rights is a strong part of how kiwis see themselves.
But a small handful of anti-trans extremists, or 'Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists' are attacking the human rights of transgender people, with a focus on transgender women.
The BDMRRA is due for it's 2nd reading very soon - the exact date is unknown. At this stage, the public have an opportunity to debate the issues and tell MPs what they think. Please contact your local MPs and talk with them, tell them what you think, give them your personal stories.
Today’s announced changes to the process for amending gender markers on birth certifciates are welcomed by takatāpui, trans and non-binary people.
“This small but significant change will make it fairer for those in our communities, who do not have the resources to use the existing Family Court process,” said Sally Dellow.
This statement was drafted by takatāpui, trans and non-binary people and organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand. It explains why it is so important that the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Act (BDMRRA) 1995 is amended.