5. Support adoption by same-sex partners
We will change the law to allow same-sex couples to adopt children in need. This also includes foster care, short-term guardianship, and other forms of custody.
6. Improve access to services and rights for trans and intersex New Zealanders
The New Zealand Human Rights Commission made a report called ‘To be Who I Am: Kia Noho au Ki Toku Ano Au Final report of the Inquiry into Discrimination experienced by Transgender and Intersex People’. This was the result of the world’s first inquiry by a national human rights institution into discrimination experienced by transgender people. The inquiry focused on the experiences of discrimination, access to health services, and barriers to legal recognition of gender status.
We will follow the recommendations of the report, including to make it easier to change their official documentation, by preventing misgendering in the justice and corrections system, and by introducing a child-rights based healthcare protocol for intersex children. This means that, unless the intervention would be life-saving, intersex children should not be operated on to remove ambiguous reproductive or sex organs.
We will engage with the rainbow communities to support a ‘whole of life’ approach to our wellbeing when developing policies and laws.
7. End formal discrimination in law
In New Zealand, the Bill of Rights is supposed to protect people from discrimination by the government based on their sex, marital status, religious belief, ethical belief, colour, race, ethnic or national origins, disability, age, political opinion, employment status, family status, and sexual orientation. However, there has never been explicit protection for people who are trans, gender diverse, or intersex. We will review laws and policies that interfere with people’s right to be free.
We will also change the Human Rights Act 1990 to include gender identity as a prohibited ground for discrimination.
We will go further than that though. Internationally, there is a lot we can do to help our rainbow communities siblings. We will strengthen New Zealand’s participation in international groups dealing with Human Rights, such as the United Nations. We will use our voice on the international stage to oppose criminalisation of discrimination against people in the rainbow communities,
And we will use the refugee and asylum seeker policy as a way to address the humanitarian needs of LTBGI global citizens.
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