Change Your ID Day
In May 2020, the LGBTIQ Legal Service hosted our second annual Change Your ID Day with a record 56 attendees. For the first time ever and in light of pandemic restrictions, the event was hosted live online. The virtual session provided practical information on how trans and gender diverse Victorians could change their name and sex descriptor on legal identification documents.
This year’s session was particularly timely, following new reforms to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act that came into effect 1 May 2020. The new reforms removed barriers for Victorians seeking to change the record of sex on their birth certificate and affirm their gender.
The Department of Births, Deaths and Marriages has received 110 Change of Record of Sex applications since the new reforms commenced. 58 of these applications were received following Change Your ID Day on 18 May. The impact of these reforms on the trans and gender diverse community is life changing, as described by our Legal Service Coordinator, Sam Elkin and trans and gender diverse community member Brooke to ABC News.
Coinciding with International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersex discrimination and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), Change Your ID Day plays an integral role in ensuring all members of the trans and gender diverse community feel correctly identified and represented fairly within the state legal system.
Our free 90-minute webinar formed part of Law Week 2020, supported by the Victoria Law Foundation, and was led by Sam Elkin. A panel of legal and community representatives discussed the application process for changing records of sex descriptor on legal identification documents such as Vicroads drivers licenses, Australian passports, Medicare cards and Victorian birth certificates. Attendees heard from Executive Director of Transgender Victoria, Margot Fink; Co-founder of Rainbow Families Victoria, Felicity Marlowe; as well as Kiera Dingle from Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria.
The 2020 event saw a 40% increase in Change of ID applications from the previous year. With increased awareness and funding, we hope to see these numbers continue to rise for years to come. To watch the live stream of the event, click here