The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the New South Wales Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages has withdrawn the birth certificate they had granted to Norrie May-Welby, stating “Sex Not Specified”.
It says it cancelled Norrie’s “recognised details certificate” after receiving legal advice it was invalid.
“When I got the call on Tuesday I was absolutely devastated. I felt like I had been killed,” Norrie told AAP on Thursday.
“My identity has gone all over the world … (now the) attorney-general’s taking back what they sold to me.
Norrie made history several weeks ago when the State of NSW granted the certificate. This was hailed all over the world as a step forward for people of non-binary or fluid gender – check out the posts at Gender Across Borders, Questioning Transphobia, The Scavenger, Jezebel, Pink News, and BoingBoing.
To add insult to injury, Norrie is now going to have a job of work ahead changing details at various agencies and companies:
After receiving the ungendered certificate, Norrie visited the bank, Centrelink and the Roads and Traffic Authority to update their details.
“They all said they didn’t know how to put it (gender unspecified) into their computers, but they all agreed to do it and to have a word to their computer programmers,” Norrie said.
Australians, especially those in NSW: You can write to the Human Rights Commission and the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board, with a copy to the NSW Attorney-General. But act quickly – Norrie is laying a formal complaint against the NSW government at 10 am tomorrow morning (with accompanying press call) at the Australian Human Rights Commission, 133 Castlereagh St, Sydney.
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