Story: Gender diversity

Changed birth certificate

Changed birth certificate

For many transgender people the gender given on their birth certificate does not seem accurate or appropriate. It is now possible for people who were born in New Zealand to have that gender changed. (People born overseas may be able to get theirs changed by applying to the family court.) Cindy Lewis shows the new birth certificate issued to her in 2005, after she successfully applied for a certificate that accurately represented her name and gender rather than those she was assigned at birth.

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Johanna Schmidt, 'Gender diversity - Human rights and discrimination', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 March 2023)

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