Story: Gender diversity

To be who I am

To be who I am

In 2008 the Human Rights Commission published To be who I am, the report of the world's first inquiry by a national human rights institution into discrimination against transgender people.

The inquiry focused on discrimination, access to health services, and barriers to legal recognition of gender status. Recommendations included improving transgender people's access to public health services, and better treatment and standards of care for gender-affirming services. It also recommended that the requirements for changing sex details on a birth certificate, a passport and other documents should be simplified.

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Human Rights Commission - Te Kāhui Tika Tangata
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Johanna Schmidt, 'Gender diversity - Human rights and discrimination', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 June 2024)

Story by Johanna Schmidt, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 May 2021 with assistance from Gender Minorities Aotearoa