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Australia's top court recognises 'gender neutral' sex category

Published on Apr 2, 2014 8:20 AM
 
Australia's highest court on Wednesday ruled that a person can be legally recognised as gender neutral as opposed to male or female. The case centred on a person called Norrie, who does not identify as either male or female, and who fought a legal battle for a new gender-neutral category. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP  

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's highest court on Wednesday ruled that a person can be legally recognised as gender neutral as opposed to male or female.

"The High Court... recognises that a person may be neither male nor female, and so permits the registration of a person's sex as 'non-specific'," it said in a unanimous judgement that dismissed a New South Wales (NSW) state appeal to recognise only men or women.

The case centred on a person called Norrie - who was not identified as either male or female - who fought a legal battle for a new gender-neutral category.

Norrie, who uses only a single name, was born male and underwent gender reassignment surgery in 1989 to become a woman.

 
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