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Greens welcome family court’s decision to allow trans young people access to hormones

Media Release
Janet Rice 30 Nov 2017

The Australian Greens welcome today’s Family Court decision that will allow trans young people to access the medication they need on the advice of their medical professionals, without having to go through an time consuming and expensive court process.

“This is a great result for all trans and gender diverse young people,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson.

“It is absurd that we have had this barrier when the Family Court has never knocked back a young person's request for hormones where they, their family and their medical team all agree that it is right for them.”

“Requiring transgender young people to go through the courts is expensive and time consuming, with these delays putting them at high risk of mental ill-health.”

“Today’s decision to remove this unnecessary and damaging hurdle is very welcome news to transgender young people and their families, and has the full support of the Greens.”    

“I am proud to have worked with many trans young people and their families on this issue, including at an event hosted almost two years ago organised by the Parliamentary Friends of LGBTIQ Australians. They have advocated strongly for this long awaited change and I know they will be celebrating today.”

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