September 16, 2011

IconAustralia allows third option on passports

Austalians will be able to choose ‘male’ ‘female’ or ‘indeterminate’ on their passports, the Australian Government has announced.
The move has been described as a victory for “genetically ambiguous” people such as those born Intersex, whose biological sex is neither clearly male or female.

The change does not affect Transgender people. According to Australia’s passport office, trans people can choose the appropriate gender if they have a letter from a medical practitioner “certifying that the person has had, or is receiving, appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition to a new gender.”

“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,” said Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd.

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