so we all know that australia passports now come with a third gender/sex option, right? the gender/sex markers are “f”, “m”, and “x”. well, that piques my curiosity; i’m so used to having my gender invalidated by the people around me that i’ve come to EXPECT it. so i checked out the passport australia website and i found it a little ambiguous. for example:
“A letter from a medical practitioner certifying that the person has had, or is receiving, appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition to a new gender, or that they are intersex and do not identify with the sex assigned to them at birth, is acceptable.”
what constitutes “appropriate clinical treatment”? if your transition involves surgery and/or hormones, ok. that’s “clinical treatment”. but what about someone whose transition is largely social/emotional?
and where is the assurance that the australian passport peoples recognize non-binary gender? cuz where i live, most people don’t. when i come out as non-binary trans, most people call me a pervert and walk away. sometimes, they tell me i’m not “trans enough” and walk away.
so i emailed a request for clarification on the perquisites for obtaining an “x” gender/sex marker in australia. i received this email from a veryvery prompt and helpful person with australia’s department of foreign affairs and trade:
“Dear mx. punk,
“The letter from the registered medical practitioner needs to state that
he/she has a doctor/patient relationship with the applicant and has treated
the applicant (or whose medical history I have reviewed and evaluated) and
declare that the applicant identifies as Male, Female or Indeterminate.
The doctor does not have to provide details of the treatment, but they do
need to be registered with the Medical Board of Australia.
that pretty much clears it up for me. i mean, “indeterminate” is NOT how i would choose to describe myself, but it’s close enough. i’ll take it like i’ll take your fingerpaints if you leave them unattended. i mean, at least it isn’t “male” or “female”. and i fucking love fingerpaints.
so, um, now i want to move to australia. i’m totally willing to relocate to another continent in order to gain legal recognition as a person of non-binary gender. fuck yes.
what about you? do you think having a third gender/sex option is awesome? would you move somewhere in order to obtain an “x” gender/sex marker? do you think the concept will SPREAD?! cuz that would be corking.