Jessica Joyful About Getting Her New birth Certificate

Thursday, 1 May 2014

From the Canberra Times:

Canberran Jessica Walsh has reached a milestone day - the day when she can hand back a birth certificate that for her tells a lie.

Monday, April 28: new ACT laws take effect to allow people to change the sex on their birth certificate without the need for sexual reassignment surgery. All that is required is for a doctor or psychologist to certify a person has received ''appropriate clinical treatment'', which is deliberately not defined.

Ms Walsh, 20, will be at the door of the Office of Regulatory Services in Fyshwick first thing, to hand over her old birth certificate and a letter from her doctor, and to apply for a new birth certificate. It will be an "amazing" day in her journey from life as a man to life as a woman, a journey that began relatively recently.

For many people, the need for sexual reassignment surgery had been a major barrier to changing their birth certificates under the old legislation.

Ms Walsh said when she could afford it, surgery would be her final milestone.

In the meantime, her new birth certificate would be framed, alongside the letter from her psychologist to her endocrinologist, supporting the start of hormone treatment.

"I will be happy in myself, because I can fully identify as female both physically and mentally without having to lie, in a sense, that I was male," she said. "It doesn't affect many people, but for the few, it affects them enormously."