Human Rights Law Centre says court’s decision a ‘stunning victory’ for transgender people

Australian teenagers experiencing gender dysphoria will be able to undergo hormone treatment without requiring court approval after a landmark decision by the federal court on Thursday.

Before the ruling, Australia was the only country in the world that required court involvement to allow treatment. Pressure had been mounting from advocacy groups, lawyers, transgender people and their families for the requirement to be overturned. They argued that the court process was costly, traumatic and unnecessary, given that medical experts were also involved.

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