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April 16, 2018 | by  | in News | [ssba]

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Births Deaths and Marriages Amendment Bill Submissions

Submissions from the first round of select committees on the Births Deaths and Marriages Amendment Bill have been made public, with the second round having taken place last week.

Submissions made by VUWSA, Community Law, Young Labour, and Rainbow Wellington called for the Act to be amended to only require self-identification as a criteria for changing gender markers on birth certificates.

The current system requires the Family Court to assess whether applicants have taken “significant steps to live as their gender”.

Submissions can be found on the Parliament Website.

Laurel Hubbard injured at Commonwealth Games

Trans weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has been injured while competing at the Commonwealth Games.

Hubbard, a favourite to win gold, injured her left elbow and has withdrawn from the competition.

Hubbard had been the centre of some controversy as a trans woman competing in the women’s category, however she received backing from many including the Commonwealth Games Federation CE, David Grevemberg.

The gold was subsequently taken by Samoa’s Feagaiga Stowers.

Unfortunately, Hubbard has said her injury will likely mean the end of her weightlifting career.

Nigel Owens condemns Israel Folau’s Gay Comments

Prominent rugby referee Nigel Owens has condemned recent comments by Wallabies Fullback Israel Folau suggesting that gay people would go to hell “unless they repent of their sins [sic]”.

Owens, a gay man and popular figure in world rugby, addressed Folau’s social media comments in a column in Wales Online, saying such rhetoric  “could be enough to push [struggling] people over the edge”.

“…you are entitled to your opinion but one should understand what that opinion can do to young and vulnerable people’s lives in particular ones… dealing with their sexuality.”

On Tuesday 10 April Rugby Australia and Warratah’s leadership announced intentions to address the issue with Folau.

Alaska Rejects Bathroom Bill

53% of residents in Anchorage, Alaska, have rejected a “bathroom bill” proposed by the conservative non-profit, Alaska Family Action.

The Bill would have required trans people to use the bathroom corresponding to the gender marker on their birth certificates.

There was strong opposition from trans activists in the state, with activist Lillian Lennon describing the Bill as a threat to trans people’s safety and security.

The trans rights “No on Prop 1” campaign raised in excess of USD $820k to fight the bill through online fundraising.


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