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:

Australia 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."

Comments

  1. says

    While I dislike a category for gender called “indeterminate” (it leaves an unnecessary void where Transgender gender should be), I am very enthusiastic about the provision that means Transfolk will no longer be pressured to undergo surgery. It underscores the fact that biology does not determine gender, something that everyone needs to learn. There seems to be a trend for jurisdictions to adopt enlightened policies like this, and I’m all for it.

  2. BBQ says

    This is great. We can stop pretending that people who are not men, are men; and people who are not women, are women. They are something else – and that is 100% great – and we can stop pretending that biology has nothing to do with gender. Of course it does. This makes fair treatment more rational, less controversial, and ought to result in less invasive and judgmental inquiries. Let everyone pass.

  3. Dave says

    A better question is why your passport needs to list your gender at all. It has your picture. What possible additional confirmation is added by including your gender? If they were listing your sex, I suppose they could examine your genitals.

    Of the dozens of documents I possess which list my gender or sex, I have yet to hear a non-frivolous argument why any of them need to know it.

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