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Postby Phlegm » Fri Sep 16, 2011 7:39 pm

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/09/ ... 6611.shtml


(AP) CANBERRA, Australia — Australian passports will now have three gender options — male, female and indeterminate — under new guidelines to remove discrimination against transgender and intersex people, the government said Thursday.

Intersex people, who are biologically not entirely male or female, will be able to list their gender on passports as "X."

Transgender people, whose perception of their own sex is at odds with their biology, will be able to pick whether they are male or female if their choice is supported by a doctor's statement. Transgender people cannot pick "X."

Previously, gender was a choice of only male or female, and people were not allowed to change their gender on their passport without having had a sex-change operation. The U.S. dropped the surgery prerequisite for transgender people's passports last year.

Any country that complies with the International Civil Aviation Organization's specifications for machine-readable passports can choose to introduce a gender "X."

Australian Sen. Louise Pratt, whose partner was born female and is now identified as a man, said the reform was a major improvement for travelers who face questioning and detention at airports because their appearance does not match their gender status.

"'X' is really quite important because there are people who are indeed genetically ambiguous and were probably arbitrarily assigned as one sex or the other at birth," Pratt said. "It's a really important recognition of people's human rights that if they choose to have their sex as 'indeterminate,' that they can."
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Re: The Aussie X

Postby Lurch » Sat Sep 17, 2011 1:00 am

That is pretty damn cool and forward thinking.
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Postby Hamtown Dave » Sat Sep 17, 2011 12:19 pm

I bet it will make a huge difference in the lives of everyday Australians.

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Postby ruff » Sat Sep 17, 2011 12:24 pm

Hamtown Dave wrote:I bet it will make a huge difference in the lives of everyday Australians.


For those forced to identify by a flawed gender assignment naming convention it probably will.

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Postby dustbinflowers » Sat Sep 17, 2011 12:56 pm

this is currently more than an inconvenient box ticking exercise for people identifying as other than their assigned gender. Going through passport control is pretty unpleasant- garunteed special attention, potential strip search and refusal of entry.
This change seems refreshingly enlightened, hopefully NZ follows suit.
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Re: The Aussie X

Postby hate and wedges » Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:18 pm

Yeah, surprisingly enlightened. There was some hoodicky stuff about census forms not having these options, didn't think the gov gave a shit.
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Re: The Aussie X

Postby The Ost » Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:14 pm

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Indeed, a fine record.
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Re: The Aussie X

Postby Nathanael » Tue Sep 20, 2011 2:26 am

HATE CITY.

Totally thought this was about the band.
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Re: The Aussie X

Postby sp00n » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:34 pm

dustbinflowers wrote:hopefully NZ follows suit.



fucking aye this is sweet
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Re: The Aussie X

Postby Nathanael » Tue Sep 20, 2011 4:39 pm

This is good but there are other things the Australian govt should be focusing on. That whole "we're sorry" thing was a good start but they need to actually keep moving on with it. Maybe adding some kinda Aboriginal history to early education would help.
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