Independent MP Dr Elizabeth Kerekere acknowledges ‘bitter-sweet’ day as self-ID for trans, intersex and non-binary
people excludes people born overseas
The amendments to the BDMRR (Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationship Registration Act) come into effect today,
allowing trans, intersex and non-binary people to change the sex marker on their birth certificate.
“Today is a day of celebration with another milestone for Rainbow communities. Trans, intersex and non-binary people can
now self-identify (self-ID) their sex marker on their birth certificate by choosing between ‘female’, ‘male’,
‘non-binary' and ‘other’.
“I acknowledge Rainbow Greens and all the community organisations who encouraged people to make submissions at the time.
Gender Minorities Aotearoa was the community lead for this for several years and Rainbow Path advocated directly to the
Minister for refugees, asylum seekers, and recent migrants. Tīwhanawhana, Te Ngākau Kahukura, InsideOUT, OutLine,
RainbowYOUTH, F'INE, the parents of transgender and gender-diverse children, and the Counting Ourselves and Identify
research teams were all actively involved.”
“I acknowledge Hon Jan Tinetti who led this legislation as the former Minister of Internal Affairs, to remove
unnecessary and discriminatory barriers. I appreciate the trust she had in me to work directly with her officials to
develop additional sex/gender markers, particularly in te reo Māori, and start the work of including trans, intersex and
non-binary people born overseas.”
“But today is bitter-sweet. People who hold birth certificates from other countries will not have access to the self-ID
process, including residents, recent migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Community advocates consistently raised this
issue through their written and oral submissions to the Governance and Administration Committee. It is unacceptable that
after 18 months the Government stopped trying to come up with a solution.”
“The work is not over until every person who makes their home in this country, can have birth certificates and documents
of identity that reflect who they are, no matter where they were born or what sex they were assigned at birth.