Australia Introduces New Passport Rules Allowing for Third Gender
Australia introduced new passport rules today, allowing citizens to select male, female, or indeterminate as their gender. Also, citizens no longer need to undergo surgery as proof of a gender transition, AFP reports:
Canberra had previously required a person whose gender was different from that of their birth to have reassignment surgery before they could change their passport to their preferred sex, and there was no "indeterminate" option.
Attorney-General Robert McClelland said the changes, which come into effect immediately, meant transgendered or intersex people would just need a doctor's letter of support to get a passport in what they considered their true gender.
An 'x' will appear in the passport of those who select the 'indeterminate' option.
Said McClelland: "Most people take for granted the ability to travel freely and without fear of discrimination. This measure will extend the same freedoms to sex and gender-diverse Australians."