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Australian jurisdiction to allow genders of choice without surgery on birth certificates

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) will seek to pass a law ensuring transgender people don’t have to undergo surgery before they can be recognized as their preferred gender and will create a new category for intersex people and those of indeterminate sex.

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30th November 2013 03:58

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Oceania

The territory that houses Australia’s capital of Canberra will seek to remove a requirement that transgender people undergo surgery before they can change their birth certificates to reflect the gender they identify as – and plans to recognize intersex people and those of indeterminate gender with a new category on documentation.

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government announced the plans yesterday and hopes to pass a bill enacting the proposed changes in the territory Legislative Assembly next year.

ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell urged other Australian states and territories to catch up on the issue and adopt the categories for birth certificates that were already used by the Australian Passport Office for documentation.

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