this resource is a collaboration between trans people and cis allies. no single person or organisation is behind its creation.

However, several organisations support the changes to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Act - each with their own releases, preferred wording and further information you may want to check out.

  • Gender Minorities Aotearoa - “It is only fair that that every takatāpui, trans or non-binary person born in Aotearoa should be able to change the gender marker on their birth certificate, through an accessible process.”

  • The United Nations - “While every person must be protected from discrimination and violence, the risk for trans and gender-diverse persons is exacerbated when their name and sex details in official documents do not match their gender identity or expression: as recorded by United Nations human rights mechanisms, trans persons have been subjected to harassment, humiliation, abuse or arrest upon attempting to report the attacks and seek police protection, based, inter alia, on the fact that their self-determined gender was not recognized in their official documents.”

  • The Human Rights Commission - “The Human Rights commission is delighted that the Governance Administration Committee has recommended a human rights approach in simplifying the process to update sex details on birth certificates. “

  • The Public Health Association - “This small but significant change will make it fairer for those in our communities, who do not have the resources to use the existing Family Court process.”

The images used on this website were designed by Gender Minorities Aotearoa - many thanks to GMA for making them free for public use.