Oz Adds Third Gender Option To Passports (Munchkins Still SOL)

Sep 15, 2011

The Australian government has given citizens another option for their passports when it comes to identifying their gender: male, female and indeterminate.

“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,” stated Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd.

Neither sex-reassignment surgery nor an altered birth certificate is necessary to have an updated passport issued. Transgender citizens will, however, have to present supporting documentation from their doctor.

While the change was instituted to prevent discrimination against transgender and intersex passport holders, being called “indeterminate” sounds pretty patronizing, to say the least.

Baby steps, we guess.