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Lots of transgender and gender diverse people transition from being seen as their sex assigned at birth to being seen as their gender. Everyone's transition is unique – there’s no "right" way to transition.

Transition can include both social and medical elements. People can take different steps in their transition at different times. For example, social elements do not have to come before medical elements.

Social transition

Social transition can include a person changing their gender expression, like their hair and clothing. It can also include a person changing their name and pronoun, and "coming out" to those around them.

Support networks for transgender & gender diverse people & their whānau can help you with information about clothing, styling, hair removal, safe binding, packing, tucking and padding, social groups and other useful information.

Medical transition

Medical transition can include medical treatments like hair removal, hormone replacement therapy or various surgeries.

See Gender affirming health care and Gender affirming health services for more information about medical transition, what is available locally and how to access these services.

Changing your name and gender in legal documents

Naming New Zealand provides information and sometimes financial help to transgender, gender diverse and intersex youth to help them update their identity documents to correctly reflect their sex and gender information.

The links below have information about updating your birth certificate, passport, driver licence and the motor vehicle register.

Also see how to change your name and gender marker in your health records.

  HealthInfo recommends the following pages

Written by Ko Awatea gender-affirming care co-design group. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed March 2023.


See also:

Gender-affirming health services

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