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To: New South Wales Parliament

Allow self ID in NSW!!!

We urge you to support and pass legislation recognizing self-identification for gender identity and sexual orientation in New South Wales. Respect for individuals' self-identified gender is fundamental to human rights, dignity, and equality. Such legislation will protect transgender, non-binary, and LGBTQ+ individuals from discrimination and promote a more inclusive society. We call on you to champion the rights of all NSW residents by enacting this vital legislation.

Why is this important?

Self ID refers to an individual's ability to self-identify or define their own identity, particularly in the context of gender identity and sexual orientation. It is an important concept in discussions surrounding gender identity and LGBTQ+ rights.

Self-ID is most commonly associated with gender identity, allowing individuals to identify and express their gender in a way that feels authentic to them.

For transgender and non-binary individuals, self-ID means they have the right to identify and present themselves as the gender with which they identify, rather than being constrained by societal expectations based on their assigned gender at birth.

Self-ID is considered important for respecting an individual's dignity and autonomy. It acknowledges that each person is the best authority on their own gender identity and that their self-identification should be honored and respected by others.

This isn't a new concept either. Canada passed Self ID legislation in 2017, Ireland passed the Gender Recognition Act in 2015 for everyone over 18, New Zealand modified existing legislation to allow self ID in 2020, and Victoria passed self ID legislation in 2019. Most of South America and several US states have also passed self ID legislation.

In summary, self-ID is the concept that individuals have the right to define and express their own gender identity and sexual orientation, and it is seen as a way to respect their autonomy and protect them from discrimination. It is an important concept in the ongoing discussions surrounding LGBTQ+ rights and gender equality.

How it will be delivered

The UNSW Queer Collective will be lobbying the University of New South Wales and its student representative bodies to support and promote self ID legislation. Additionally, in conjunction with other Queer Collectives and activist groups across NSW, we will be lobbying NSW Parliament directly to pass Alex Greenwich's Equality Legislation Amendment (LGBTIQA+) Bill & Conversion Practices Prohibition Bill 2023.

New South Wales, Australia

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