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Third Gender Option on Australian Passports

5453987637_ac1b11cc1b_bPhoto: Diana Parkhouse/Flickr

The Australian government has announced there will now be three gender options for Australian passports: male, female and indeterminate. The new ruling has been put in place to remove discrimination against transgender and intersex people.

Intersex people (born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that does not fit definitions of male or female) will mark with an “X” as well as transgender people (perception of their own sex is at odds with their birth gender), who will need a doctor’s statement to tick the box.

Even though it only affects a small percentage of Australians, this new ruling will allow them to travel freely, and that is what is important says the Australian government. We agree. 

 

5453987637_ac1b11cc1b_bPhoto: Diana Parkhouse/Flickr

The Australian government has announced there will now be three gender options for Australian passports: male, female and indeterminate. The new ruling has been put in place to remove discrimination against transgender and intersex people.

Intersex people (born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that does not fit definitions of male or female) will mark with an “X” as well as transgender people (perception of their own sex is at odds with their birth gender), who will need a doctor’s statement to tick the box.

Even though it only affects a small percentage of Australians, this new ruling will allow them to travel freely, and that is what is important says the Australian government. We agree. 

 

Photo: Diana Parkhouse/Flickr

The Australian government has announced there will now be three gender options for Australian passports: male, female and indeterminate. The new ruling has been put in place to remove discrimination against transgender and intersex people.

Intersex people (born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that does not fit definitions of male or female) will mark with an “X” as well as transgender people (perception of their own sex is at odds with their birth gender), who will need a doctor’s statement to tick the box.

Even though it only affects a small percentage of Australians, this new ruling will allow them to travel freely, and that is what is important says the Australian government. We agree. 

 

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