Social Issues

Historic Win for Aus Transgender Youth

Posted on: Mon 4 Dec 2017

On 3 November a landmark decision was made, no longer will trans-youth require permission from the Family Court to undergo stage two of their hormone treatment.

Until now, Australia was the only country to enforce this law. The decision was made to remove the court process after the Re Kelvin case, which concerned a 16-year-old transgender boy who applied for approval for his treatment. The case proceeded to the Full Court, where it was decided that the court process was unnecessary.

‘One judge said the process itself was inhuman due to the impact it had on young people,’ explains Anna Brown.

Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, joins Tom Mann and Ian Newton join to discuss the ruling.

Produced by Zoe Kounadis

Image Sourced: Wikimedia Commons


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