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Thursday, 15 September 2011 23:03

Three Gender Options On Australian Passports

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Now Australia proposes passports with three gender options: male, female and unspecified.

Intersex people, who are biologically not entirely male or female, will be able to choose on their passports 'X' which means unspecified.

Transgender people, whose perception of their own sex is at odds with their biology, will be able to pick whether they are male or female if their choice is supported by a doctor's statement. Transgender people cannot pick 'X' as indicated CBSNews.

"'X' is really quite important because there are people who are indeed genetically ambiguous and were probably arbitrarily assigned as one sex or the other at birth," Senator Louise Pratt, partner with a FTM, said.

"It's a really important recognition of people's human rights that if they choose to have their sex as 'indeterminate,' that they can."

In a statement, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd added: "This amendment makes life easier and significantly reduces the administrative burden for sex and gender diverse people who want a passport that reflects their gender and physical appearance."

I hope some other countries will start to propose the three gender options too.


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