Australia’s top court recognizes ‘neutral’ third gender in landmark ruling

A litigation expert said that under the law, only a person who had undergone gender reassignment surgery could nominate themselves as 'non-specific.'

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Australia’s highest court on Wednesday recognized the existence of a third “non-specific” gender that is neither male nor female, in a landmark ruling campaigners said will help end years of discrimination.

The High Court ruled that not everyone should be forced to identify as a man or woman when dealing with officials, saying some people could legitimately describe themselves as gender neutral.

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