Australia makes third gender official

Melbourne, June 14 (ANI): An Australian court has cleared the way for people to identify themselves as the third gender on government documents.

Under new guidelines, people will be given the option of selecting M (male), F (female) or X (Indeterminate/Intersex/Unspecified) for personal records held by government departments and agencies from July 1, News.com.au reported.

Attorney General Mark Dreyfus said in a statement that the new rules will bring a practical improvement to the daily lives of transgender, intersex and gender diverse people.

He added that transgender and intersex people in the country face many hurdles for ensuring that the gender status on their personal records matches the gender that they live and how the community recognizes them. (ANI)

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