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Australian Passports To Offer 'Indeterminate' Gender Option

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australia to offer third gender option on passports

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.


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5 comments to “Australian Passports To Offer 'Indeterminate' Gender Option”

  1. 1

    yes they were forced to do this as the men were screeching like girls and noone knew if they were male or female.. this will be fine until u get like to another country and they make u pull down ur pants…

  2. 2

    This is disturbing and wrong

  3. 3

    If the reason is for discrimination it is STUPID! If the reason is to do a body count after a crash and they find 20 male body parts and there is only 18 registred to be on the plain then it makes sense… but this discrimination story is going to far… why don't they just let them go into the toilets where young girls go and then scar those girls for life and then file it under… "we don't discriminate"

  4. ed69 says – reply to this


    all these people in australia should take a chill pill

  5. 5

    this shit is getting ridiculous. there's no such thing as a "sex change". it's just body mutilation.