Aug 23, 2006
The National Party says it has no doubt that Labour MP, Georgina Beyer, came under political pressure to remove legislation relating to transgender rights.
Her member's bill sought to outlaw discrimination transvestites, transexuals, hermaphrodites and cross dressers. But it is being withdrawn following a Crown Law opinion that there is already protection under the Human Rights Act.
National's justice spokesperson, Richard Worth, says the fact that the bill hadn't been advanced shows there was pressure for it to be dropped.
Beyer says that is not the case.
The transgender advocacy group, Agender, says it accepts Beyer's decision.
Claudia McKay from Agender says the community has probably been spared what she calls "crude and petty attacks", from politicians in particular.