Legal recognition of non-M/F identities

May 8, 2009

Christie Elan-Cane, whose fight for legal and social recognition outside the societal gender system in the UK continues, has emailed to draw attention towards a potentially groundbreaking report launched by the Australian Human Rights Commission in March:

SEX FILES: THE LEGAL RECOGNITION OF SEX IN DOCUMENTS AND GOVERNMENT RECORDS

Recommendations for reform contained within the report include provision for Australian citizens who do not regard their core identity as male or female through introduction of ‘gender unspecified’ assignation on passports and other items of identification issued by governmental departments – in other words, the Australian Human Rights Commission have recommended that legal recognition of human existence outside the gendered societal structure should be considered a basic human right.

Per adds:

The language used in the report indicated a movement away from the usual language of pathologisation and medicalisation so often heard in the United Kingdom when government authority figures and other official bodies get together to discuss how to progress human rights issues for transpeople.

Christie’s written about this in more detail on per LJ – link here – and I thank per for the update.

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(Cross-posted at Questioning Transphobia)

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