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identityOne of the most fundamental aspects of forming one's true gender identity is to record your new, true identity on the documents that our society issues to allow us to access services, open financial accounts, pay taxes become licensed to own things and do things and to prove our identity to others.

While it is often unnecessary to record one's sex on such documents of identity, it has however become commonplace to do so, and this has added an often troublesome burdon upon the shoulders of transitioning transgender person, and others seeking to record their true gender identity as it is not only a time-consuming exercise, but can also invite occasional unwanted prejudicial reactions from those we are forced to deal with, which, in turn taxes our emotional energy.

At present, this section of the Gender Centre's website contains articles dealing deal with the often convoluted and stressful process of recording one's true identity on our identity documents, but in time will also include other resources such as 'how-to' guides, links to other related service websites and more. The articles below are just a few of the articles currently on the Identity / Documents of Identity page of this website.

NOT WHO THEY USED TO BE

Article appeared in Polare 88, July 2011

An Australian transsexual woman has won the right to a full, ten-year passport in her transitioned identity, without the need for undergoing sex realignment surgery first. She shares the story of her legal battle with the Australian Passport Office ...

SEEKING A NATIONAL ENQUIRY INTO THE DISCRIMINATION EXPERIENCED BY TRANSGENDER PEOPLE IN AUSTRALIA

Article appeared in Polare 75, April 2008

Kathy Noble calls for a national inquiry into the injustices faced by transgender people.The inquiry should be nationwide and include all levels of government and take submissions from those in the trans-community in order to understand the situation ...

TRACIE O'KEEFE: THE NEW GIRL ON THE BLOCK

Article appeared in Polare 40, December 2000

Tracie introduces herself to Polare readers as being born officially male, due to an obstinate and ignorant British government, that still remains on her birth certificate even though she has lived as, and had a passport as a female for 30 years ... 

AND AGREES TO ISSUE APPROPRIATE PASSPORTS TO SEX AND GENDER DIVERSE PEOPLE

Article appeared in Polare 82, January 2010

The Department of Foreign Affairs has agreed to issue appropriate passports to sex and gender diverse people and change offensive terminology in training materials to be more inclusive of diversity following the experiences of Stephanie Imbruglia ... 

TO WHOM DO YOU OWE ALLEGIANCE?

Article appeared in Polare 40, December 2000

My son, they say, will have to choose. Black or white? All the papers he will face will only offer those boxes. All his friends will want to know. To whom do you owe allegiance? Are you black or are you white? The boxes, leave no ground for honouring who he really is. ... 

NOT A PROBLEM AFTER ALL

Article appeared in Polare 84, July 2010

Katherine Cummings reports that Centrelink advise that a change of name should only be implemented if the person has indicated that the name will now be used exclusively in dealings with the Department and there is no indication that the new name is intended to deceive the Department ... 

AMENDING THE PAPER TRAIL FOR TRANSGENDER AND INTERSEX PEOPLE

Article appeared in Polare 76, July 2008

For transgender and intersex people, there can be a range of identity documents that you may want to change so that they properly reflect your gender and name. Here are some of the most common areas where people may want to amend their documents ...

RETAINING TRANSGENDER IDENTITY

Article appeared in Polare 59, September 2004

Margaret writes about the struggles she experienced with funeral directors as the daughter of her recently deceased transgender father stating that the choices a transgendered person has made in life, need to also be respected during hospitalisation and death ...

APPLICATION FOR A GENDER RECOGNITION CERTIFICATE (STANDARD TRACK APPLICATION) USING THE CASE BY CASE BASIS

Article appeared in Polare 75, April 2008

Kathy Noble provides details of the steps that transgendered British expatriates that were born in the United Kingdom are required to fulfil in order to obtain a Gender Recognition Certificate from the Gender Recognition Panel once they have had reassignment surgery ... 

THE ROAD TO HELL

Article appeared in Polare 69, November 2006

Passports: The Road to Hell by Zoe Brain is a story of conjecture, but its conjecture that fits the evidence. Its the story of how a well-intentioned legislative change can go catastrophically, horribly wrong. Share in Zoe's frustrations with the Passport Office ...

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Article appeared in Polare 103, May 2015

Many people create wills but often fail to make provision for the contingency that they might reach a stage where they are unable to make decisions for themselves. This is where the appointment of an enduring guardian is important. ...

GIVING SOMEONE ELSE THE RIGHT TO DEAL WITH YOUR CARE, PROPERTY OR FINANCES

Article appeared in Polare 84, July 2010

Roslyn Mayne, Principle Solicitor at the Inner City Legal Centre presents a very thorough guide for transgender people that explains all we need to know about making a will, appointing enduring guardians and powers of attorney ...

THE BRITS MANAGE TO STUFF UP THE START OF A GOOD IDEA

Article appeared in Polare 85, October 2010

It seems that the promise offered by the British Gender Recognition Bill has faded with the tampering of the regulations that accompanied the Act and lead to the enactment of transphobic regulations under Equality Act ... 

 
 
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