Hope, Ignorance & Bigotry
The Australian Human Rights Commission is pushing Canberra to offically recognise Intersex people, whether they have had modifying surgery or not.
First news of the move was the Daily Telegraph via news.com.au and it offers some faint hope for people whose physical identity simply doesn’t fit male or female.
Sadly though, the web article’s first 3 respondents were typically ignorant and hateful, probably out of fear of the unknown, but I found it pathetic but fairly typical.
The push also raised the more complex reality of gender differences, suggesting more classifications are needed.
The legal and community status of genders other than male and female heterosexuals has to be addressed and a bit of education for “normal” people might be very useful.
People who still describe these genetic, physiological differences as “lifestyle” choices are part of the many challenges to be overcome for a minority that is every bit as human as the lovely looking people in your clothing catalogues.
What do you think?
Is it time for us to demand equality for those who are different. Or do we stay scared of diversity and protect the “Adam & Eve” idea despite the facts.
If you say the latter, then maybe you should start building an Ark too.
If you want to make a difference for people whose only sin is being different write/email/hassle your local, state and federal politician. Here in Australia contact the Greens who’ve had their shoulder to this wheel for some time now.
The news.com.au article and the two all-too-predictable comments are pasted below
THE Federal Government’s human rights arm plans to invent a new official status called “intersex” adding it to male and female as a legally recognised gender.
The Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission wants people to be able to change their gender on their passports and driving licences even if they do not undergo surgery.
And transgender lobby groups say that even this does not go far enough and are demanding a fourth legal gender called “other” for people who feel like their gender is indefinable or changes from day to day.
The extraordinary proposals are contained in a discussion paper quietly issued to transgender and transexual advocates by the commission, a statutory body that advises the Government on such matters.
The paper, entitled “Sex Files – The legal recognition of sex: Proposed reform”, says the introduction of the new “intersex” gender is a “key feature of the reform proposal being developed by the commission”.
“Recognition of intersex: Persons who cannot or do not identify as either male or female would be able to choose to be identified on their birth certificate and passport as intersex,” it says.
“A person who cannot or chooses not to undergo surgery would not be automatically ineligible to request a change in their legal sex.”
A response to the report by Sex and Gender Education Australia says there needs to be a fourth legal gender for people who are not even “intersex”.
SAGE spokeswoman Tracie O’Keefe, a sexologist whose doctorate comes from a Californian hypnotherapy institute, is the co-author of the book Transpeople in Love, wrote: “The AHRC proposal does not go far enough in providing legal status and social spaces by only allowing people to be male, female and intersex.”
Dr O’Keefe, who runs the Australian Health and Education Centre and the International Sex, Gender and Sexuality Clinic in Glebe, said cultures such as Native Americans had more than two genders.
via Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission pushes for third ‘intersex’ gender | National News | News.com.au.
Martin of York Posted at 11:18am today
Agree with Robert. Dr.O’Keefe needs immediate treatment.
AJ of null Posted at 9:15am today
Robert of Melbourne Posted at 7:57am today
We already have a third classification – “it” or “neuter”. to even discuss this is an insult to human intelligence and a waste of taxpayers money.