It is legal to lie on birth certificates in the ACT

In the ACT it is legal to lie about your sex on official identity documents. Even teenagers can do it:

About 30 young people between the ages of 12 and 17 have changed the gender on their birth certificates in the ACT in a two-year period, raising fresh questions about the role of parents in determining whether their children should transition.

In 2020, ACT Attorney-General Shane Rattenbury introduced legislation overhauling the births, deaths and marriage registration act to allow children under the age of 18 to officially change their gender identity and their name. 

The reforms – which came into effect on August 20, 2021 – established a pathway for a child as young as 12 to change their name and gender without parental consent.

The ACT government told The Australian that since the changes entered into force, “approximately 30 young people between 12 and 17 have registered a change of sex.”

The reality is, no one can change their sex.

A person’s sex is evidenced by their DNA, their reproductive system and skeletal frame among other things.

No amount of pronouns, costumes, make up, hair styles, drugs or surgery can change a person’s sex.

Yet in the ACT, if you say you are the opposite sex, you can change the historical facts of your birth certificate.

If children under the age of 18, whose brains will not reach maturity until they are around 25 years old, want to identify as something they are not, and never can be, the government will assist the lie.

This is cruel and will not end well.

An increasing number of desisters and detransitioners who have been lied to, and assisted in living a lie, are now having to endure irreversible consequences of their actions.

Parental rights are being usurped as governments allow school staff to begin socially transitioning students without parental knowledge or consent.

Some medical practitioners and the courts are assisting children in making catastrophic decisions that result in irreversible harm. By putting them on off-label, under-studied puberty blockers, these young people may become sterile, never experience sexual function and be at risk of bone and brain development issues, stroke, heart problems and a host of other serious issues.

Politicians should not be legislating ideological viewpoints into law. They are not medical practitioners or researchers. Our children deserve so much more.