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Australian Passports Add Third Gender Option

Learn guitar chords for FREE through our new game Chord Master: In a move the Australian government hopes will help remove discrimination against intersex or transgender people, the country's passports will now offer three options: male, female and indeterminate, the government said Thursday. "This initiative is in line with the Australian Government's commitment to remove discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or sex and gender identity," according to the Australian Passport Office. "The policy removes unnecessary obstacles to recording a person's preferred gender in their passport." Those who do not identify themselves as male or female will no longer be required to check off the "M" or "F" box under gender, but instead will have the option of checking "X," according to the new passport rules. The office said birth certificates or citizen certificates won't need to be altered in order to have a new passport issued. And those who identify themselves as transgender will be able to choose their preferred gender so long as it is supported by a statement from a doctor. The United States made a similar change in 2010 that dropped the surgery requisite for transgender people. The United Kingdom also allows people to check a gender other than their gender at birth. In Canada, you can make a change only if you have had sex reassignment surgery. In New Zealand the decision is made by a family court ruling. The move is being praised by the transgender and intersex community, who called for Australia's state governments to follow suit by allowing birth certificates to also be changed without the requirement of surgery. So what do you think? Is having a third gender option for passports progressive, or is it something you don't agree with? Leave a comment below and let us know.
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