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Australia: ACT bid to remove surgery requirement for trans recognition

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  1. And what about airport security scanners i had papers but when it got thru this part I was embarassed in LA and I told and sent the airline my dismay but no response just that they got my email.

  2. Zoe Brain 9 Jul 2012, 6:32am

    Not before time.

    The ACT already allows married people to change though – unlike the UK, which forces them to divorce first.

  3. Yet another report that is good for trans people, bad for intersex people.

    Intersex representative organisation OII Australia responded at with:

    “… The effect here is:

    to give rise to a third sex,
    to non-consensually allocate intersex children to that third sex from birth, and
    to assign medical staff as gatekeepers for that third sex.

    OII Australia rejects the notion of a third sex, and we vehemently oppose the creation of any category called ‘intersex’ to which we are automatically assigned. We have no idea how education and other services will deal with this, and we have no desire for intersex infants to be guinea pigs.

    We believe there is an infinite combination of possibilities on the spectrum of sex and gender. We recommend the creation of as few categories and classifications as possible; ideally just one, not two, nor three. …”

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