Good policy, making lives easier for trans and intersex people

We love good news here at the Greens.

And this is just plain old good news.

The Department of Internal Affairs have made a quiet change to allow intersex and trans people the choice of using the international symbol ‘X’ on their passports without having to go through the complex and intrusive process of changing their birth certificates or citizenship records. This is a world leading change.

Well done DIA. More of this sort of policy New Zealand!

7 Comments Posted

  1. This is an excellent example of how government has become intrusive and out of control.

    You then follow this statement up with a diatribe that does nothing to show how this is either way “intrusive” or “out of control”. Saying things over and over doesn’t make them so.

  2. This is an excellent example of how government has become intrusive and out of control. Here we are spending our time on an issue that only affects a few hundred people at most. The issue for me is not about gender identity or gay marriage, because, as I see it there is no good reason government should even be involved. Let people state what they like as their gender identity – what difference does it make? Leave marriage up to the religious institutions. Some will marry same sex couples and some won’t. Let those who seek religious sanction for their relationship (whether straight or gay), and those who furnish it, meet in the private and free-association middle. Government is becoming too involved in people’s personal affairs and granting the privledge of an “X” in a passport or the title of “married” in NOT A PROGRESSION but merely a politically correct form of exercising dominance over another – an indulgence from the modern day king.

  3. @Sweetd 1:12 PM

    Offices can do what mine has – simply remove the gender signs from the washrooms completely.

    Yes, a bit more problematic with prisons, as there are so few transgendered/intersex inmates that it would be vastly expensive to have a separate prison. In many countries overseas there are unisex prisons. I’m not sure why it is necessary to sexually segregate prisoners anyway. Dealing with sexually violent prisoners is a separate issue, and one that is already an issue in sexually segregated prisons.

  4. Do public places, office blocks and the like now have to offer 3 sets of bathrooms; men, women and x? Do we need to have a mens, womens and a X prison?

  5. Copying an Aussie policy again 🙂–male-female-x.html

    Their policy states :
    “The new category is only for use by intersex people – who are not biologically entirely male or female.
    Trangendered passport-holders – who have changed gender but not had surgery – will be free to choose either male or female, but will not be allowed to select ‘x’.”

    Ours is less restrictive and states :
    “A passport may now be issued in an applicant’s preferred sex / gender of M (male), F (female) or X (indeterminate/unspecified), without the need to amended these details on your birth or citizenship record”

    It does however warn of possible problems :
    “While this new policy was developed to remove unnecessary obstacles for applicants wanting to record a change in their gender identity, we would like applicants to note that changes in gender identity are likely to have implications for a person at overseas border controls or may affect a person’s ability to confirm their identity in the wider community.”

    Imagine what this might mean for the Olympics. Valerie Adams’ nemesis might insist on compeing against other athletes of the third kind!

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