Friday, December 12, 2008

Australia’s human rights body considers third gender recognition

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission has raised the possibility of the creation of an official intersex status in Australia.

In a discussion paper distributed to trans groups, the federal government’s advisory body on equality issues also argued that people should be able to change their driving licenses and passports without having to undergo gender reassignment treatment.

“The proposal does not go far enough in providing legal status and social spaces by only allowing people to be male, female and intersex,” said Sex and Gender Education Australia spokeswoman Tracie O’Keefe.

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