On Tuesday, March 16, I congratulated Norrie for being a trail blazer. Zie was the first person in Australia to have a neutral gender marker used on their birth document.
The congratulations stand even though the New South Wales' government has weaseled out of their decision. Shame on the bigoted bureaucrats and two faced politicians.
Norrie, hang tight. We support you!
Sydneysider fights to retain ungendered status
By David Lewis and Bridget Brennan
The first person in Australia to be officially recognised as neither man nor woman has lodged a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission, after the decision was revoked
Norrie, who was born in Scotland, became the first person in Australia to have their gender listed as 'sex not specific' on a details certificate earlier this month.
However on Tuesday the 48-year-old received a phone call from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages saying the certificate would be cancelled due to pressure from higher levels of government.
Norrie says the decision is a breach of human rights.
"I was devastated by the news," Norrie said.
"I felt killed. It's a hideously humiliating position to find myself in and makes a mockery of my human rights. I feel completely violated by the [NSW] Attorney-General's office."
New South Wales Greens MP Lee Rhiannon questioned the Attorney-General, John Hatzistergos, in parliament today.
Mr Hatzistergos denied he was behind the decision.
"At no time did I - well I didn't speak to the registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages but I'm advised also in relation to my office - make any direction to the registrar in relation to the decision that he took," he said.
However, Mr Hatzistergos said the Director-General of his department discussed the matter with the registrar and a decision was reached to obtain legal advice.
"Advice from the Crown solicitor is that the registrar may only issue a recognised details certificate or new birth certificate following a change of sex in either male or female gender.
"The registrar has accepted this advice and has directed that any application for recognised details certificates or changes to sex comply with this advice."
The support group SAGE (Sex and Gender Education) says in issuing Norrie with the document, New South Wales was complying with 2009 recommendations made by the Australian Human Rights Commission.
The Greens are now calling for the Attorney-General to change the law so that Norrie's gender status can be recognised without a sex change.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Posted by De Sube at 3/19/2010 01:12:00 PM