A discussion paper into how to recognise gender diversity is looking into whether gender-neutral terms can be incorporated into the birth, adoption and death registers.
A discussion paper into how to recognise gender diversity is looking into whether gender-neutral terms can be incorporated into the birth, adoption and death registers.

Intersex and Enby children may finally be recognised in Qld

CHILDREN would be able to be identified as intersex or non-binary on their birth certificates under a controversial proposal being considered by the State Government.

A new discussion paper into how to recognise sex and gender diversity - commissioned by Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath - is looking into whether gender-neutral terms could be incorporated into the birth, adoption and death registers.

The paper says there are "limitations'' under the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act to how sex- and gender-diverse people living in Queensland can be recognised.

The Act has not been "comprehensively reviewed" since its introduction in 2004.

Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said the Palaszczuk Government’s position would be shaped by the discussion paper.
Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said the Palaszczuk Government’s position would be shaped by the discussion paper.

"Calls have been made to include either another category of sex, to allow individuals to self-identify their sex or gender when registering a life event, or to choose their sex or gender from a range of additional categories of sex, such as non-binary, unspecified, non-specific, indeterminate or intersex," the paper says.

Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington has rubbished the proposal, labelling it "political correctness gone mad".

She said Queenslanders care about hospitals, schools, transport and jobs "not what is on their birth certificate".

"Annastacia Palaszczuk's priorities are simply wrong. State Government's should be about delivery not social engineering ... the thought police have gone way too far this time,'' she said.

Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington has slammed the proposal as political correctness gone mad. Picture: AAP/Dan Peled
Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington has slammed the proposal as political correctness gone mad. Picture: AAP/Dan Peled

"These are official government records, you can only be born male or female."

Ms D'Ath said the Government was yet to take a position on the matter and would be shaped by submissions to the discussion paper.

"There are many people in the LGBTI community who feel current laws don't adequately reflect or capture the true fabric of all Queensland families," she said.

"Now that we have marriage equality, the time is right to examine whether Queensland's life event registration services meet changing community expectations and the needs of LGBTI Queensland.''



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