The Australian state of Tasmania is set to make history by specifically protecting intersex people from discrimination.
The proposed changes to Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Act will also benefit trans* people. Tasmania was the last Australian state to decriminalize homosexuality, but it is considered the first state in the world to specifically protect intersex people.
Under existing laws if transgender and intersex people experience discrimination in Tasmania they can only take a case under the limited term ‘transsexuality’ which is labelled a ‘sexual orientation’ rather than a gender identity.
In the proposed amendments to the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act ‘transsexuality’ will be grouped with the new term ‘transgender’ as ‘gender identities’ while ‘intersex’ will become an entirely new grounds for discrimination.