Australian Government Included 'Intersex' on New Gender Guidelines

by Bidita Debnath on  June 15, 2013 at 9:25 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
New guidelines were announced by the Australian government on gender recognition which state that individuals should be given the option of selecting "male", "female" or "intersex" on their personal documents.
 Australian Government Included 'Intersex' on New Gender Guidelines
Australian Government Included 'Intersex' on New Gender Guidelines

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said the new guidelines, which come into operation from July 1, will make it simpler for people to establish or change their sex or gender in personal records held by federal government departments and agencies.

"We recognise individuals may identify, and be recognised within the community, as a gender other than the gender they were assigned at birth or during infancy, or as an indeterminate gender," Dreyfus said in a statement Thursday.

"This should be recognised and reflected in their personal records held by departments and agencies."

The move comes after the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2009 recommended the government consider developing national guidelines concerning the collection of sex and gender information.

The new guidelines state that "where sex and/or gender information is collected and recorded in a personal record, individuals should be given the option to select M (male), F (female) or X (Indeterminate/Intersex/Unspecified)".

They state that sex reassignment surgery and/or hormone therapy are not pre-requisites for the recognition of a change of gender in Australian government records.

When someone requests the sex on their personal record be changed, Dreyfus said the government would accept a statement from their doctor or psychologist, a valid Australian passport (which have allowed X under sex for several years), or a state or territory birth certificate or other document which shows their preferred gender status.

"Transgender and intersex people in Australia face many issues trying to ensure the gender status on their personal records matches the gender they live and how they are recognised by the community," Dreyfus said.

"These guidelines will bring about a practical improvement in the everyday lives of transgender, intersex and gender diverse people."

Source: AFP

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If natural changes in the hormones this can be considered. If any sex goes to a Doctor and undergoes a surgery, why not this concern should be first reported to the government get a certification before going to a doctor for the sex reassignment surgery or hormone therapy and then be allowed for the changes in the records?
Epaphras Thursday, June 4, 2015