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Australian Passports Will Have An ‘X’ Gender Option

Australian transgender and intersex people will have a gender option in their passports.

The Associated Press reports:

Australian passports will now have three gender options ? male, female and indeterminate ? under new guidelines to remove discrimination against transgender and intersex people, the government said Thursday.

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 U.S. dropped the surgery prerequisite for transgender people’s passports last year.

Read the full article via MSNBC