Tasmania has become the first Australian state to make it legally optional to list gender on birth certificates.
It is landmark decision for the LGBTQ community in the said state and it may persuade other states and uplift other countries’ battle for gender equality.
The landmark bill was approved in the state’s lower house on Wednesday, meaning it will become law.
Furthermore, it had already been passed in the upper house.
The measure also removes a condition that had required transgender people to have surgery before their gender was recognized.
The state government fiercely opposed the bill in its current form.
However, opposition political parties combined to secure enough votes to pass the legislation after a lengthy debate.
“This is indeed a historic occasion,” said House of Assembly Speaker Sue Hickey, who voted for the legislation.
“This is not a win for any particular political party, but rather the dignity of the transgender community.”
Meanwhile, the legislation allows people aged 16 or older to apply to change their listed gender without the approval of their parents.