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Recognition for Australians who identify as neither sex

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.

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7th June 2013 14:37

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Oceania

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".

Its decision has implications for people who have undergone gender reassignment surgery, as well as those who are "intersex" – having characteristics of both sexes – or consider themselves gender neutral.

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