Perth, Western Australia — Two female-to-male transsexuals will take their fight to be legally recognised as men to the High Court next week in a case that will test WA’s gender reassignment laws.
One of the transsexual men, whose identities have been suppressed, said it had been three years since he applied to the State’s Gender Reassignment Board for a certificate which would legally recognise his change of gender and he was anxious for the High Court to grant leave for the case to be heard.
The Gender Reassignment Board rejected the pair’s original applications for reassignment certificates, but the decisions were overturned in 2009.
Attorney-General Christian Porter then went to the Court of Appeal to clarify the law. In a decision handed down in September, the court found the transsexuals could not have their genders reassigned because they did not have the physical characteristics which would identify them as men.