World’s first transgender actress Carlotta slams ‘ridiculous’ bill that allows people to change their sex on birth certificates – and says children should NOT be allowed to transition
Her appearance on the Australian soap Number 96 in 1972 marked the first time a transgender actress played a transgender character on TV anywhere in the world.
And Carlotta shared her opinion on a major trans issue on Monday, slamming a decision by the Victorian legislative assembly to pass a bill that allows transgender and non-binary people to change the sex listed on their birth certificate without gender reassignment surgery.
Speaking on Studio 10, the 75-year-old trans icon and cabaret performer claimed the whole bill is ‘ridiculous’.
‘It is a different generation today, but I really believe that unless you’ve had the sex change [you shouldn’t] have your papers changed… because anyone can do it,’ she said.
Emphasising that transitioning is far more complex than simply changing information on legal documents, Carlotta turned to host Sarah Harris and said: ‘You could go in and say, “I want to be a boy”, and you’re not a boy. It’s ridiculous!’
The TV personality, who rose to fame in the stage production of Les Girls in 1962, went on to say that she doesn’t believe children should be allowed to transition either.
Taking a stand: Carlotta has slammed a ‘ridiculous’ bill that allows people to change their sex on birth certificates without requiring gender reassignment surgery. Pictured in April 2005
‘I have a lot of people writing to me about little kids – a little girl wants to be a little boy, or a little boy wants to be a little girl – and they go to school dressed that way,’ she said.
Carlotta added that she is ‘strongly against’ doctors approving hormone treatment for children before they have a true grasp of who they are.
The outspoken star said that children ‘should not be put on treatments’ until they have ‘matured and are of age’.
Her views: The cabaret performer, who rose to fame in the stage production of Les Girls in 1962, also said that she doesn’t believe children should be allowed to transition
‘Your hormones change… they could get to 15 or 16 and decide they don’t want to be [a different gender],’ she added.
Carlotta acknowledged that her views reflect her own experience growing up transgender in a less permissive age, saying, ‘I’m only being sensible because I did it the hard way.’
According to Carlotta, when she went overseas for her own gender reassignment surgery, she was forced to get a new passport issued to reflect the fact she had become a woman.
‘I did it the hard way’: Speaking on Studio 10, Carlotta acknowledged that her views reflect her own experience growing up transgender in a less permissive age. Pictured on August 23, 2004
At that time, she was still obliged to have a separate page in her passport with her old identity, so as not to cause confusion.
She concluded: ‘I do not believe that [transgender people] have the right to go and have their birth certificates changed when they haven’t had the changes.’
Carlotta’s return to Studio 10 comes after she dramatically quit the show last year, claiming at the time that the show’s producers had treated her ‘unfairly’.
Announcing her comeback last month, she said: ‘I thought mummy needed to comeback with a bit of political incorrectness! Mummy’s here because you know I say it how it is. I’m back, honey, but I’ll behave.’
Vote no: Carlotta claimed that she does ‘not believe [transgender people] have the right to go and have their birth certificates changed when they haven’t had the changes’