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Articles about travel-related issues for intersex people.

We welcome new federal guidelines on sex and gender recognition

In 2003, the first Australian passport with an ‘X’ sex marker was issued to Alex MacFarlane, on the basis that Alex’s birth certificate, issued by the State of Victoria, showed no sex marker. Access was limited to people in the same circumstance, and only Victoria issues such certificates to intersex adults on request. In 2011,…
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Ten years of ‘X’ passports, and no protection from discrimination

'X marks the spot' in the Western Australian newspaper, Perth 11 January 2003. Read at Bodies Like Ours

A note of caution: most people with intersex variations are simply men or women, with atypical sex characteristics. OII Australia acknowledges that people with intersex variations may be male, female, or identify with multiple or non-binary genders, just like other people. X passports are available not only to people with intersex variations, but also to…
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On Australian passports and “X” for sex

On Australian passports and “X” for sex

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…
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UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay supports improved access to passports

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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…
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New Zealand “X” passports not for intersex New Zealanders

New Zealand “X” passports not for intersex New Zealanders

NEW Zealand, Australia’s near-neighbour in the Pacific, does not appear to permit intersex people to choose an X for their passport. In fact, there is no mention of intersex at all in the web page and web site that was pointed out to us by a New Zealand contact. Gender ‘X’ Passports If you are…
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Major reform to Australian passport law

Major reform to Australian passport law

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.

Sydney Morning Herald on the recognition of non-specific gender

Sydney Morning Herald on the recognition of non-specific gender

The Sydney Morning Herald yesterday carried a story by Steve Dow on Norrie’s campaign for “legal recognition as a person of no specified sex”. Born male and transitioned to female, before choosing a middle path, the article presents Norrie’s personal journey. OII Australia believes that anyone should be able to choose a “not specified” sex…
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Sydney Morning Herald: Ordered from Australia to face mutilation

Sydney Morning Herald: Ordered from Australia to face mutilation

Young women are subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in countries all over the world, whether it is done in secrecy or not. Efforts are underway in some countries to outlaw FGM, but the practice is alive and well in Africa and the Middle East. OII Australia hopes that the young women profiled in the…
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