LGBTQIA Legal Services Australia

We pride ourselves in being at the forefront of some of the most unique and
complex areas of law having represented clients from all walks of life.

  •  Experts in LGBTQIA legal issues
  •  Helped thousands of Australians from all walks of life
  •  Friendly team that is sensitive to your needs
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What is LGBTQIA?

equalityLBTQIA represents the collective community of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual or allied. In isolation these letters represent:

  • Lesbian – A same sex female relationship.
  • Gay – A same sex male relationship.
  • Bisexual – A person who is attracted sexually and / or romantically to both males and females.
  • Transgender – A person whose gender identity is opposite to their biological sex.
  • Queer – An umbrella term used to describe a range of identities.
  • Intersex – A term which describes an assortment of conditions where a person is born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that is not typically male or female.
  • Asexual or allied – A person who does not experience any sexual attraction to other persons.

The rights of our clients must be preserved regardless of their gender identity, biological identity or sexual orientation.

We strive to ensure that our client’s legal rights are protected in all facets of day to day life.

We are familiar with all laws that effect the rights of the LGBTQIA community including:

  • The recognition of same-sex and transgender marriages.
  • Laws concerning LGBTQIA parenting including adoption and transgender children.
  • Anti-discrimination / anti-bullying legislation.
  • Laws regarding access to assisted reproductive technology and access to sexual reassignment surgery / hormone replacement therapy.
  • The legal acknowledgement of persons of reassigned gender.

Changing gender on legal documents

Changing your gender from a medical perspective is an incredibly difficult, time consuming and expensive process. Where a person has transitioned from one gender to the other, self-identification particularly in legal documents should be a priority.

At Forge Legal we strive to ease the burden of changing your gender in documents such as your passport, driver’s license, birth certificate and government records. Having already experienced considerable change with transitioning, your identity documents should be trusted to experts in LGBTQIA issues.

We assist clients with recognizing which identity documents can be changed, the procedural and medical requirements to change gender status. Don’t try and navigate this process yourself after your tremendous journey when you can trust our dedicated, understanding lawyers to assist you.

Adoption for LGBTQIA couples in Queensland

The right to adopt for same-sex couples has been accessible in Australia since April 2018, with Queensland at the forefront having legalized same-sex adoption in 2016. There is no difference in the legal requirements between adoption for same-sex couples and step-parent adoption.

Adoption in Australia is a difficult process that involves the Family Court of Australia, the Chief-Executive of Adoption Services and the Children’s Court of Queensland. Our team of family lawyers welcomes the opportunity to bring families together through adoption. We walk hand in hand with our clients in each stage of the process until a final adoption order is made. 

Same sex couple IVF & Surrogacy

same sex ivf surrogacyWhile commercial surrogacy is illegal in Queensland, surrogacy for same sex couples is recognized under the Surrogacy Act 2010 (QLD) with the consent of the involved persons.

For same sex couples with children born via surrogate, the parents must apply for parentage of the child. That is to transfer the legal responsibility for the child from the surrogate to the parents. This involves an application to the Children’s Court of Queensland.

With a parentage order, same-sex couples have the legal right to make decisions for the child. However, the child must be between 28 days and 6 months old before a parentage order can be made. There are also other requirements which must be met for a parentage order.

Same-sex female couples can identify themselves on the child’s birth certificate as the birth parent and the other parent. For children born through IVF, assisted insemination or self-insemination to a same sex female couple, both parents have legal responsibility for the child.

Before making the life-changing decision to have a child as a same sex couple, it is crucial that you seek legal advice as to your rights as the parent/s of that child. Our experienced family lawyers will handle your matter discreetly with care and consideration to the needs of your family.

Transgender Children

Gender dysphoria is the conflict between a person’s biological gender versus the gender with which that person identifies. For adults experiencing gender dysphoria, it is accepted that they have the capacity to make decisions for themselves when it comes to transitioning from their biological gender to their gender identity. Children who have not yet reached the age of consent, rely on the consent of both parents and the approval of their treating health professional/s before they may start transitioning.

Where both parents consent to their child transitioning and treating health professionals have given permission for transition to occur, the Court does not need to be involved in the process. The Court is required to intervene where one parent does not consent to the child transitioning or the child’s treating health professionals refuse to provide treatment, which is rare but possible.

The Court must be satisfied that the child wishing to transition can make their own decisions and the Court will consider the views and wishes of the child, among other things. If you are struggling to find information relating to your legal rights as a parent, our family law professionals can give you the help and support you need to advocate for your child’s best interests.

We're on your side.

At Forge Legal we are very proud of the relationships we build with the people that come to us. We understand that we might be needed during some of the most trialing times in one's life and they may need all the support they can get. It's our goal to get you through these times with as little stress as possible and to get you the outcome you need to move on with your life. 

LGBTQIA Legal Rights Experts
We pride ourselves in being at the forefront of some of the most unique and complex areas of law having represented clients from all walks of life.
Support When You Need It
Our friendly and understanding team are sensitive to our client’s individual needs.
We're Always Growing
We are always looking to expand our skills and expertise in the everchanging LGBTQIA landscape to ensure we provide comprehensive, relevant and helpful legal advice.

Why Choose Us?

We are on your side
We are on your side
Get through some of the most trialling times in life with as little stress as possible with our support. We are proud of the relationships we build with people who come to us and we endeavour to get you the outcome you need to move on with your life.

Support when you need it
Support when you need it
Get the best outcome for your family with a team that will make it as easy as possible while dealing with the family court. We know these times can be stressful and we are here to help.

Our Pledges to You
Our Pledges to You
Receive outstanding service from our experienced team with our 10 pledges to all our clients. These pledges formulate the cornerstone of our relationships to our clients and how we operate as a firm.

Forge Your Future Today

You need a legal team that is just as unique as your situation. With Forge Legal, you get a team of expert lawyers from the combination of three specialist law firms combined into one.

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