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3 Jun 2013

Australia's New South Wales to legally recognise "non-specific" gender

The New South Wales Court of Appeal last Friday overturned a previous ruling that only legally recognised male and female as a valid gender status; now a third option — "non-specific" — can now be listed.

The BBC reported last Friday:

Norrie, a genderless activist in Australia, won the case after seeking in 2010 to reflect a non-sex status in the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Australian judges have ruled that people do not have to be registered as a man or a woman on the register of births, deaths and marriages.

The New South Wales Court of Appeal overturned an earlier decision that a person's sex could not be listed as "non-specific" under Australian law.

The appeal was brought by a 50-year-old activist from Sydney called Norrie, who identifies as being gender neutral.

The court ruled that sex does not bear a binary meaning of "male" or "female".

The Sydney Morning Herald further noted:

Though strictly the decision only applies to those such as Norrie who have had sex affirmation surgery (previously known as sex change surgery), it has potential implications for many others, including babies who are born with ambiguous genetalia, and people who do not identify as male or female despite having physical characteristics of a man or a woman.


Reader's Comments

Comment #1 was deleted by its author on 2013-06-05 09:16
2. 2013-06-04 14:18  
Ddarko, you might want to read more about intersex people. Traditionally, parents and doctors perform cosmetic genital surgeries on intersex children without their consent (http://www.isna.org/faq/concealment):


“Intersex” is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male. For example, a person might be born appearing to be female on the outside, but having mostly male-typical anatomy on the inside. Or a person may be born with genitals that seem to be in-between the usual male and female types—for example, a girl may be born with a noticeably large clitoris, or lacking a vaginal opening, or a boy may be born with a notably small penis, or with a scrotum that is divided so that it has formed more like labia. Or a person may be born with mosaic genetics, so that some of her cells have XX chromosomes and some of them have XY.
Comment #3 was deleted by its author on 2013-06-05 09:16
4. 2013-06-06 21:52  
yes. creations on the earth did not created by Holly books.
man and woman population are not the same, also another unspecific gender having different quantity, but they are exist real as God creation not by prophet or Holy book because Holy book is not God.
Those who believe in Holy books, offcourse against God in half.
they are in darkness because Holy book had been shutting up God.
they want the Holy book authors as God
5. 2013-06-09 15:26  
Jesus Christ !- some persons are born as so described by' kellen ', it has nothing to do with the Holy book, God's creations or anything to do with any other religious indoctrinations....Buddha.
6. 2013-07-04 03:05  
It is good that Australia seems to be shifting toward a more common
scence approach to gender. Think about it. We, human beings, are
just a species on this planet and aledgedly we are suppose to be the
top of the others. That is up to debate..LOL, however, all have the
same gender problems. Some even have categories which are
classified male but are capable of having babies.. OMG. Now, to those
who want to bring ones religion into the conversation of gender.
Your intitled to your opinion but you have to hope that governments
get it right. I just think it is best to keep Church and State doctrines
Comment #7 was deleted by its author on 2013-07-04 03:06

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