ABC Radio National’s The Law Report broadcasted a program of direct relevance to intersex people in Australia and overseas this morning. In a feature entitled Better recognition for transgender people under the law on 8 November 2011 the program utilised pathologizing language and concepts. Damien Carrick presented; guests were Steven Penglis (Freehills Solicitors in Perth), Peter… Read more →
AH and AB are “female to male transsexual persons” who sought to have their cardinal documents changed under the rules of the Western Australian Gender Reassignment Act 2000 (GRA). AB v Western Australia AH v Western Australia  HCA 42 6 October 2011 P15/2011 & P16/2011 ORDER In each matter: 1. Appeal allowed. 2. Set… Read more →
Dr Alice Dreger misapprehends much in the decision by the Australian government to allow people of unspecified sex the right to have X on their passport. Intersex, sex and gender Sex and gender are indeed conflated in this decision as they are in all of Australian legislation and much of British, European and American law…. Read more →
THE first person to be granted an X on their passport here in Australia was Alex MacFarlane, first reported in 2003. Eligibility was improved in 2011, under a 2011 revised Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) policy, and the policy was extended across the federal government in 2013. The history of the X sex… Read more →
OII Australia thanks United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay for her recent statement welcoming changes to passport sex fields by the Australian federal government. More information UN Multimedia – Human rights chief welcomes Australian decision on gender UN News Centre – UN rights chief lauds Australian move on identity for transgender, intersex… Read more →
A great deal of behind-the-scenes lobbying for a very long time by intersex and other LGBTQI organizations has finally borne fruit in a significant reform to Australian passports law. Intersex and gender diverse Australians can now easily apply for passports containing F, M or X in the sex field of their passports.