Transexual man Conor Montgomery will lodge a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission over the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages’ refusal to amend his birth certificate.
He will lodge a further complaint with the federal Attorney-General’s office and present both departments with a petition of more than 500 signatures.
Montgomery, now 50, has been living as a man for more than two-and-a-half years. He has undergone hormone treatment and a double mastectomy, and has a passport that registers him as male. NSW Births and Deaths, however, will not change his cardinal document unless he undergoes life-threatening surgery.
Due to illness, Montgomery has been advised by doctors not to undergo genital surgery, for fear that it could put his life at risk. Yet Births and Deaths continues to insist upon it.
“It’s ridiculous,” Montgomery said. “I have some documents that say ‘male’ and my birth certificate says ‘female’. It’s caused me great unnecessary stress.
“They need to stop messing with people’s lives and give me the proper documents I need to live my life as the man that I am.”
“The Government has failed to implement changes to the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages’ policies and laws, recommended by the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Sex Files report,” Sex and Gender Education (SAGE) spokeswoman Tracie O’Keefe said.
“It was recommended that people like Conor should not have to undergo unnecessary surgery to have their documents changed.”
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