I’m not sure why I haven’t seen more commentary about this news item tonight. I’ve been a little preoccupied, but it jumped out at me in my quick search for what’s happening.
A Western Australia court, in a landmark decision, has ruled that transsexual “men” are, in fact, women. …
The appeal prohibits two female-to-male transsexuals from being recognized as men, the West Australian reported Thursday.
The case hinged on the lack of male “genital and reproductive physical characteristics,” the court ruled. In addition the court noted that the two women, who have not been named in court documents, have female reproductive organs.
I’m not as familiar with the impact of court decisions on Australian law, but in U.S. terms this would be a bombshell dropped on the trans community.
I’d like to know more about what was really decided here. Are they saying “top surgery” is irrelevant for FTM’s or that any surgery isn’t enough? If it’s just about the nature of surgical status it’s something I strongly disagree with, but not that unusual compared to the laws elsewhere. But if it’s tossing out the possibility of changing legal gender designation even after surgery, this is a BIG step backward.
Can anyone help clarify this for me. I truly won’t have the time to do my own research here for a while.