Australian transsexual pair win legal recognition as men
Melbourne: Two Australian transsexuals have
won legal recognition as men despite the duo still having
female reproductive organs.
The pair was previously denied legal recognition of their
sex change by West Australian state government, as the
government argued that until they had hysterectomies done they
could not be considered men under the Gender Reassignment Act.
They then appealed against the ruling. The State Administrative Tribunal upheld the appeal after it found the legislation did not specify reproductive surgery as a requirement so the pair could be legally considered men even with female reproductive organs.
Reacting to the decision, one of them , whose identity is
legally suppressed, said "The decision will open up lots of
opportunities for me and other people who till now never tried
to get their sex legally changed because they didn't think
they'd be able to," the ABC reported.
"Now it means that rather than having an arbitrary set of
surgeries that people have to have, each case can be taken on
its merits," he added.