I was at my sister’s wedding last weekend and the Celebrants said the following words to make the marriage legal “Marriage, according to the law in Australia, is the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others” I got really mad.

I was wondering who the law refers to with the word ‘others’? I know it’s meant to exclude same sex marriages but I wondered if this was statement was hinting that there might be other genders?

The lie that we are told by society and government that there are only two genders cause great harm. There is no law in Australia that defines what a male or female is so maybe gender is how the individual Identifies. A growing number of people are no longer comfortable be labelled as female or male.

Some Gender Diverse people identify as gender queer, gender fucked, queer or prefer no label at all and some gender diverse people sometimes get labelled as transgender.

It is becoming more important to acknowledge this diversity within the LGBT community and ask people how they identify before just assuming.

Evie Ryder is a LGBT Health & HIV Health Promotion Officer

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