Coronavirus response

The present state of emergency means that much of the information in the Community Law Manual does not currently apply. You can find up-to-date legal information in our new section Coronavirus and the Law.

Gender and sexuality

Rights and protections for the rainbow community

What this chapter covers

  • Gender and gender identity
    The rights of transgender and intersex people, including changing your gender marker and/or name in official documents like birth certificates; transgender people in prison; and getting gender-affirming surgery and other treatment
  • Sexual orientation and your rights
    The right to have consensual sex and be in a consensual relationship regardless of your sexual orientation including getting married or starting a de facto relationship; and protections against rape, sexual assault and family (domestic) violence
  • Discrimination based on sex, gender and sexual orientation
    How you’re protected under the Human Rights Act from being discriminated against on the basis of your gender identity or your sexual orientation
  • Where to go for more support
    Other information and resources
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