Entry #1067: Right to change legal gender in New Zealand

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RegionNew Zealand
IssueRight to change legal gender
StatusLegal, but requires surgery
Start DateJun 1, 2008
End DateFeb 10, 2020

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Revision History (2)

edited by beeurd

Old Value (Original) New Value (Current)
End Date(none)Feb 10, 2020

created by drew

Original entry
StatusLegal, but requires surgery
Start DateJun 1, 2008
End Date(none)
Reports (14)
  • Status is not correct
  • Status is not correct "just legal"
  • Status is not correct "I'm unsure but don't think this is accurate in 2020"
  • Status is not correct
  • Status is not correct
  • Status is not correct "It's just been changed (11th Feb), so that you may change your birth certificate after 'medical treatment' not necessarily full reconstructive surgery. It's an odd mid ground. https://www.govt.nz/browse/passports-citizenship-and-identity/changing-your-gender/change-the-gender-on-your-birth-certificate/"
  • Status is not correct "no homo"
  • Status is not correct "this may have been the case prior to 2008, but is not true now."
  • Status is not correct "you need "some form of permanent physical transitioning" and its a case by case situation"
  • Status is not correct "Doesn't require surgery, only medical intervention. Can be changed after taking cross-sex hormones."
  • Status is not correct "You can legally change your gender if you have received a diagnosis of Gender Dysphoria and have been prescribed/undertaken Hormone Replacement Therapy and/or surgery"
  • Status is not correct "You do not need to have had surgery, just gender confirming medical treatment. Even parents can apply to change their child's gender marker. See https://www.govt.nz/browse/nz-passports-and-citizenship/changing-your-gender/change-the-gender-on-your-birth-certificate/"
  • Status is not correct "You only need to be transitioning medically, not surgically, to change your legal gender."
  • Status is not correct "Legal changing of gender only requires medical intervention, not surgery. Medical intervention just has to be consistent with someone who wants to change gender and can include non-surgical interventions such as Hormone Replacement Therapy. "