Modernised gender identity process for Qld

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Aligning government documents with gender identity will be less onerous for Queenslanders following a commitment to modernise the state's births, deaths and marriages laws.

The updated legislation will be introduced "as soon as possible", but with only a week and a half of parliamentary sitting weeks remaining in 2021, Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman says it will likely be next year.

"These laws are complex, we are looking at modernisations that have happened in every other jurisdiction, but I do want to listen directly to the LGBTIQ+ stakeholders," she said in response to a question from Greens MP Michael Berkman on Wednesday.

"This is about marriage certificates, death certificates, changing a person's name. It is absolutely important that we make sure that our laws reflect the community."

A petition calling for changes to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act, which was tabled in March and sponsored by Mr Berkman, attracted more than 10,000 signatures.

"People should have the right to legally register as they self-identify," the petition says.

"This means removing the requirement for a person to undergo sex reassignment surgery to change the sex listed on their birth certificate."

It also asks for better support for same-sex and non-binary parents through the removal of a requirement to be listed as one mother and on father.

"A gender-neutral approach here will be more inclusive and accurate," it states.

Responding to the petition in April, Ms Fentiman said implementing reforms was "a top priority for the Palaszczuk government".

"The Department of Justice and Attorney-General is currently working hard to bring a bill before the house this year to address many of the issues raised, and other important matters, in the petition," she wrote.

The first roundtable to gauge initial feedback was held in October.

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