The Aussies are frequently on-the-ball and ahead-of-the-game, however they are suffering from sex/jendah confusion.
It appears that there are two changes to the Australian passport regulations, being confused (I assume by the media) as the one thing.
The first is a “third gender” (as in biological sex!!) category for passports – male, female and “X” (indeterminate, neither female nor male). This third biological sex category (mistakenly referred to as a third gender) is primarily designed for intersex persons, not transgender persons (although some news reports conflict on that point). Even though intersex persons are technically biologically non-female (ie the presence of a Y chromosome in any configuration, makes the person not a ‘pure’ female – males are non-females not the other way around) most intersex are categorised as female and raised as girls. The modern view is to allow the intersex person to determine for themselves which sex they belong to, including a ‘neither’ option. So certainly the third option for the passport is good for them if they wish it so.
The second change to passport regulations is to remove the SRS requirement for transgender/transsexual persons. It is mentioned in at least one article that the third “X” option is not available for tranz.
In one report (my underlining):
New Australian passports allow third gender option
Australians have been given a third choice when describing their gender on passport applications, under new guidelines aimed at removing discrimination.
Transgender people and those of ambiguous sex will be able to list their gender as indeterminate, which will be shown on passports as an X.
People whose gender was different from that of their birth were previously required to have reassignment surgery before they could change their passport to their preferred sex.
An Australian senator, Louise Pratt – whose partner was born female and is now identified as a man – said the reform was a huge step forward.
“There have been very many cases of people being detained at airports by immigration in foreign countries simply because their passports don’t reflect what they look like,” she told Australian radio.
“It’s very distressing, highly inconvenient and frankly sometimes dangerous.”
Pratt, who has a personal stake in the twanz thing, is wrong with the ‘passports not reflecting what they look like’ because there are many M2T late transitioners (and self-identified TWs, who are actually cross-dressers) that clearly look like a dude in a dress (see numerous Tootsie posts) and regardless of their SRS status, or even “female” marked on their passport, are going to come under Customs & Immigration suspicion anyway. Also, some butch lesbian are still going to face the same old problem – they don’t identify as tranz and are therefore going to face the same raised eyebrows as ever, ie no change. Even genderqueer and androgynous persons are not actually permitted to go for the indeterminate “X” category. So this perceived match of ‘appearance and documentation’ is bullshit. Note that the BBC report above says “Transgender people and those of ambiguous sex will be able to list their gender as indeterminate, which will be shown on passports as an X”, which is incorrect, as indeterminate only applies to intersex persons.
Another report clarifies the situation somewhat, but the language used is also a bit misleading, ie “can choose” is not correct, because it has to be verified by a doctor’s certification.
Transsexual Aussies like passport changes
* New passports will say ‘male’, ‘female’ or ‘x’
* Transgender people can chose their preferred gender
* People with indeterminate gender can chose ‘x’
TRANSSEXUAL activists have welcomed a move to allow Australians to identify themselves on their passport in their preferred gender.
Intersex people, who are biologically not entirely male or female, will be able to list their gender on passports as “X.”
Transgender people, whose perception of their own sex is at odds with their biology, will be able to pick whether they are male or female if their choice is supported by a doctor’s statement. Transgender people cannot pick “X.”
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 United States dropped the surgery prerequisite for transgender people’s passports last year.
The Australian Coalition for Equality said people would now be able to travel overseas without being stopped by officials because their passport doesn’t match their public identity.
“From that point of view, it’s a huge step forward,” spokeswoman Martine Delaney said.
“It’s an incredible embarrassment to be a woman for years but still have a passport that says they’re male.”
Ms Delaney said she knew of a man who had lived as a woman for 25 years but was unable to have a sex change for medical reasons.
In this case, US customs officials had detained her because they were confused about her gender.
Ms Delaney, 53, was born a man but underwent a sex change eight years ago.
The Hobart-based transsexual spent two years in a “transition” period, but did not travel overseas during that time.
She met senior advisers to Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd at Parliament House in Canberra in July to be told about the new guidelines.
Ms Delaney commended Mr Rudd and Attorney-General Robert McClelland, saying the changes would give “greater recognition” to transgender and intersex Australians.
“The flow-on effects acknowledge these people are human beings with rights,” she said.
Under new rules unveiled on Wednesday, gender reassignment surgery will no longer be a prerequisite for “sex and gender diverse” people to get a passport identifying them the way they wish.
But they will need to present a statement from a doctor supporting their preferred gender.
The changes are expected to affect only a handful of people.
Mr Rudd said the reform was in line with the Government’s efforts to remove discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
Ms Delaney is another of those late transitioners (at age 45) and it would be safe to assume I should consider him for a Tootsie post.
And probably GallusMag’s Lazy Tranny Name Changes too whilst we are at it – Martin/Martine.
Whilst the “female” on Martin(e)’s passport might make him think he won’t get stopped by Customs & Immigration, he is dead wrong. M2T late transitioners always look like dudes in a dress (unless they spend a squillion on extensive plastic surgery to fix the face, most don’t).
Anyway, tranz might think this is all rosy and ‘affirmation of their jendah’ and that it ‘makes them real women’ etc, but it is the continuation of the fantasy and delusion they have when they look in the mirror. Big hair doth not a woman make Delaney. They are all under the delusion that they pass-so-well as their fantasy jendah.
As for Louise Pratt, she and her partner are lesbian traitors. Instead of proudly being a dyke couple and helping to end discrimination against dykes, they throw their lot into the tranz heteronormality pile. pffffft.
With all this mucky reporting, I would have liked to have heard comment from (actual, not fictional like Zoe Alan Brain) intersex persons. But no, as always, the comment comes from the trans/cuckoos who hijack anything and everything for the tranz jendah agenda. They certainly squawk the loudest.
More substandard reporting here:
UN welcomes Aust passport changes
The UN rights chief has welcomed Australia’s move to allow citizens to choose “indeterminate” as a gender option on their passports, describing it as a “victory for human rights”.
Under new guidelines released by the federal government this week, gender reassignment surgery will no longer be a pre-requisite for “sex and gender diverse” people to get a passport identifying them the way they wish.
They will need to present a statement from a doctor supporting their preferred gender, however.
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“This is something that will be welcome news for many transgender and intersex people in Australia who from now on will not be required to undergo surgery or hormonal treatment in order to be able to express their gender identity,” said Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
“By its action, Australia has placed itself in the vanguard of change and has scored an important victory for human rights,” she said in a statement.
Noting that other countries including Nepal, Portugal, Britain and Uruguay also have taken measures to help transgender people or hermaphrodites get legal recognition of a gender change, or to indicate a gender other than male or female.
“I also urge other states around the world to review their own laws, policies, and practices to ensure that discrimination against transgender and intersex individuals is addressed in a systematic and effective way,” she added.
I actually would welcome GENUINE intersex persons to comment on all this. Please also refer to your organisational affiliation. (Just weeding out the faux-intersex cuckoos like Brain.)