Transgender rights bill bizarre, say Opposition MPs
By DANYA LEVY
Proposed laws to stop discrimination against transsexuals, transvestites and cross dressers were yesterday slammed by Opposition MPs as bizarre, foolish and wrong.
Transsexual MP Georgina Beyer is proposing the Human Rights (Gender Identity) Amendment Bill which will prohibit discrimination on the grounds of gender identity.
The Human Rights Act already bans discrimination on other basis such as race or sex.
The member's bill would protect hundreds of inter-sex New Zealanders - those born hermaphrodite but reassigned the wrong sex - and thousands of transgender people, Ms Beyer said.