On August 10, 2018 the New Zealand Governance and Administration Committee issued a report on the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill, recommending that the bill be passed with proposed amendments. The bill reenacts the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act of 1995, and contains the following proposed amendments, among others: 


The Lesbian Rights Alliance Aotearoa (“LRAA”) issued a statement opposing the proposed changes in the bill, noting that current “New Zealand law requires a burden of proof in order to change legal sex. There is a family court process to ensure abusers do not take advantage of the system. A shift to simply filling out a form to change sex shows a disregard for women’s human rights.”
Further, LRAA stated:

Because we are a feminist group, the LRAA see the concept of ‘Gender Identity’ as regressive, sexist and homophobic. Gender is the social stereotypes that are assigned to men and women based on sex. Identifying with the stereotype (masculinity or femininity) associated with the opposite sex does not make you that sex. By encoding into New Zealand law that legal sex is about which stereotype one identifies with, our politicians are threatening generations of gains by the women’s liberation movement.

We call on Parliament to examine the repercussions of this bill and for women, especially Lesbians, to speak out against a bill that threatens our rights. Being a woman isn’t about stereotypes. It’s about being an adult human female, which is a material reality that cannot be ‘identified’ into.

Read the full bill here: Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill

“Self Declared” Sex Changes Risk Women’s Rights — Lesbian Rights Alliance Aotearoa