Inquiry into the Sexual Reassignment Repeal Bill 2014 (S.A.)

Parliament of South Australia: Legislative Review Committee, 13 April 2016

On Tuesday 12 April 2016, the Report of the Legislative Review Committee into
the Sexual Reassignment Repeal Bill 2014 was tabled in Parliament.

The referral to investigate the Bill was brought in the Legislative Council in late 2014 by the
Hon. Tammy Franks MLC. The report recommends the passage of the Sexual
Reassignment Repeal Bill to repeal the Sexual Reassignment Act 1988 (SA) (the
‘SRA’).

Presiding member of the Committee, Gerry Kandelaars, said that the report recognises a particular need for law reform to improve the health outcomes experienced by the ‘gender diverse’ (meaning gender questioning, queer, androgynous, non-binary, transgender, or transsexual) community in South Australia.

Read more – download press release (PDF) MEDIA RELEASE – LEGISLATIVE REVIEW COMMITTEE – INQUIRY INTO THE SEXUAL REASSIGNMENT REPEAL BILL 2014

Psychologist who had affair with transgender patient struck off for 5 years

NSW Caselaw, February 2016

A psychologist in NSW has been banned by from registration or providing any health services for five years. The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission brought complaints of unprofessional conduct and professional misconduct against Seth Talmadge. The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) found that the patient (who had transitioned from female to male some years ago, and de-transitioned under Mr Talmadge’s guidance, after they commenced a sexual relationship) was “very vulnerable”. It also found that Talmadge had failed to maintain professional boundaries and to refer the patient appropriately and to seek supervision and to keep records.

Read the NCAT judgement here

Should Doctors Operate On Intersex Babies?

Buzzfeed,

M.C. was born with ambiguous genitalia, a rare condition that doctors addressed with surgery. Now, in a landmark lawsuit, M.C.’s parents are challenging the medical mainstream: Why does a surgeon decide what sex a child should be?

Read more here

Study finds that risk of suicide in transgender community may be reduced by changing policy and societal factors

HealthCanal, 9/6/2015

Researchers have determined that policy and societal changes may prevent  thousands of transgender adults in Ontario from attempting or seriously considering suicide.

  • Read more of the press release here
  • Read the academic paper here

Sexual Reassignment Repeal Bill Survey (South Australia)

In light of the recently introduced Sexual Reassignment Act Repeal Bill 2014, the Legislative Review Committee of the South Australian Legislative Council is inquiring into the use, relevance and impacts of the Sexual Reassignment Act 1988.

YACSA is providing a submission to this inquiry and they want to hear from you.

The 9 question survey should take 10 – 15 minutes to complete and is open until 5pm Friday the 27th of March 2015.

Complete the survey here

Puberty Suppression for Transgender Adolescents Works

Huffington Post, Posted:

A child assigned male at birth began confounding parents, family and neighbours at age 3 by repeatedly declaring and insisting, “I am a girl.”

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