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Australia to Ease Transgender Passport Regulations, Add “X” Gender

Australia to Ease Transgender Passport Regulations, Add “X” Gender

In a recent press release, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Attorney General Robert McClelland announced that Australia is easing regulations for transgender people who wish to change their gender on their passport. The new guidelines no longer require proof of sexual reassignment surgery or a changed birth certificate.

Additionally, a third “X” category will be added to accommodate intersex Australians who do not identify as male or female.

“Sex and gender diverse people now have the option of presenting a statement from a medical practitioner supporting their preferred gender,” Minister Rudd said. “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.”

According to CNN, the Australian Passport Office elaborated, “A letter from a medical practitioner certifying that the person has had, or is receiving, appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition to a new gender, or that they are intersex and do not identify with the sex assigned to them at birth, is acceptable.”

“Most people take for granted the ability to travel freely and without fear of discrimination,” Attorney-General McClelland said. “This measure will extend the same freedoms to sex and gender diverse Australians.”

He added, “While it’s expected this change will only affect a handful of Australians, it’s an important step in removing discrimination for sex and gender diverse people.”


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1:16PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Thanks for posting!

5:58AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Great and is so simple!!!

12:06PM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

Plenty of women who look like men and the other way around have been traveling without having to do anything but look like a head shot.

5:57PM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Sounds good but what happens when someone listed as gender X tries to enter a less enlightened country.

9:42AM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Great news! Now, the ret of the world needs to follow!

3:58AM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Makes me proud to be an Aussie.

2:51AM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Thanks for the article.

7:26PM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

Now if the rest of the world will get in step.

6:42PM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

I celebrate that we Australians finally acknowledges more of our citizens!

9:06AM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

Good first step.

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