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Australian government recognises third gender


Published on Sep 19, 2011

The Australian government is introducing a third gender to its passport application. The third class, called ‘indiscriminate’, is intended to provide an option to transgender people. Making the announcement on Thursday, the government announced that transgender people and those of ambiguous sex can list their gender as ‘X’, but will need a doctor’s note to support their claim. In the old days when Aussies were forced to choose form the conventional male or female, passport applicants could only choose the alternative gender if they has undergone gender reassignment surgery. Government senator, Louise Pratt, whose partner was born female and is now identifi ed as a man, supports the new policy. She called it a major improvement for travellers who face questioning and detention in airports because their appearances do not match their gender status.

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