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Tasmanian LGBTQIA+ advocates have once again called on the state government to ban medically unnecessary procedures on intersex infants. It comes after Northern Tasmanian chicken farmer Rob Wilson recently spoke publicly about the stigma and surgery he suffered as a child. READ MORE: Tasmanian Ukrainian and Russian give their thoughts on the invasion “The doctors decided because I peed in a penis that I was going to be a boy,” Wilson said. “They just sewed up my vagina, leaving me with six stitches.” Intersex Peer Support Australia Tasmanian representative Simone-lisa Anderson said she praised Mr Wilson for speaking honestly about the operation and the stigma he underwent. READ MORE: Lara Alexander elected MP for Bass after winning recount ‘Unfortunately these unnecessary procedures continue to be inflicted on young Tasmanians today,’ she said. “We call on the Government of Tasmania to implement the recommendations of the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute and ban medically unnecessary procedures on children with intersex variations.” READ MORE: Nature takes over with new program in Australia In 2019, the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute conducted a survey into legal protections for intersex Tasmanians, with the subsequent 2020 report making ten recommendations. “The report discusses surgeries on intersex children and the need to respect children’s right to participate in their own medical treatment,” the report said. “The issue of consent is particularly important given the lifelong impact, physical, mental and emotional, that can be caused by surgical procedures.” In the report, the TLRI recommended legislative reform to add “the performance of unnecessary medical procedures to alter the sex characteristics of a non-consenting child” to the Criminal Code. Instead of performing surgeries on intersex infants, the review recommended that intersex children could consent to non-essential medical treatment or undergo surgeries once they reach the age of 16. these medical interventions resulted in physical or mental harm. A state government spokesperson said the Tasmanian government is committed to caring for the health and wellbeing of all Tasmanian children and young people. “As with any complex and sensitive legal reform topic, the government continues to seek advice while carefully considering the recommendations of the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute’s report on legal sex and gender recognition,” the government said. spokesperson. “This work will also include consideration of the recommendations included in the Australian Human Rights Commission’s report, as well as proposed reforms in other jurisdictions in relation to these issues.” What do you think? Send us a letter to the editor:


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