Australian passports will now have three gender options – male, female and indeterminate – under new guidelines to remove discrimination against transgender people, the government said Thursday.
Transgender people and those of ambiguous sex will now be able to list their gender on passports with an ‘X’ if their choice is supported by a doctor’s statement.
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 way to include transgender people is to let them tick ‘male’ or ‘female’ even if they haven’t had surgery. It *is* good to have a third option, it really is: some people reject both male and female. But this shouldn’t be touted as including transgender people.
UPDATE: Looks like it was the reporting that was the problem. Blue Monarch writes: “HuffPo’s got some serious bad reporting going on there, jender. The new guidelines allow for all gender and sex diverse people to get passports issued in their preferred gender.
Here’s a relevant quote from the press release by the Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs:
“Sex and gender diverse people now have the option of presenting a statement from a medical practitioner supporting their preferred gender.”
Binary trans* people get to have their gender marker, so rejoice! Those of us in the Australian IGSD communities are certainly quite chuffed!”