Sounds like this could make traveling quite a bit easier for a lot of people!
We've just learned that from here on out, Australian passports will offer a third gender option of "indeterminate" in an effort to stop discrimination against people who are transgender or intersex.
Not only that, but transgender people will have the option to choose "male" or "female" as long as they have a doctor's statement to support their choice!
Here's what Australian senator Louise Pratt had to say about the new gender option on passports:
"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. It's a really important recognition of people's human rights that if they choose to have their sex as 'indeterminate', that they can."
And here's what Australia's foreign minister Kevin Rudd had to say about it:
"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."
AND here's what Peter Hyndal had to say on behalf of human rights advocacy group A Gender Agenda:
"It's amazingly positive. It's the biggest single piece of law reform related to transgender and intersex issues at a commonwealth level ever in this country mind-blowing."
Such great news! Hopefully other countries will take a cue from Australia and enact similar policies to help bring about an end to gender-related discrimination.
EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL!
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