"A controversial new transgender law could see people in Tasmania, Australia imprisoned for using the pronouns ‘he’ or ‘she’.
The change in the anti-discrimination law, if it passes through government, would make it illegal to refuse to call people by their preferred gender pronoun.
So, if someone has decided to transition from male to female, it would be illegal to refer to them with the pronouns of their former gender: ‘he’ or ‘him’.
The law change would also allow parents to decide whether to record their child’s gender on birth certificates or to opt out.
Individuals aged 16 or older will also be allowed to change their gender by law, under the change.
The proposed reform was put forward by Tasmania’s Labour opposition party and the Greens, and will have to pass the state’s upper house courts in order to become state law.
The reforms have been praised by Transforming Tasmania, a local transgender rights group."
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