Kiwi transgender inquiry a world-first

The Human Rights Commission is currently holding an inquiry into discrimination and human rights issues for transgender people, believed to be the first of its kind worldwide.

Coordinator Jack Byrne says the inquiry is focusing on three key issues: transgender people’s personal experiences of discrimination, their access to health services and ability to legally change their gender on identiy documents.

“The inquiry welcomes submissions from all parts of the transgender community, for example transgender and transsexual people, whakaw?hine, takat?pui, fa’afafine, cross dressers, queens, akava’ine, fakaleiti and mahu,? explains Byrne.