Transgender pair recognised as men
Published 06/10/2011 | 04:32
Two transgender people have won an appeal in Australia's highest court that gives them legal recognition as men despite not having undergone complete sex change operations.
The High Court ruled that characteristics that identify a person as male or female are "confined to external physical characteristics that are socially recognisable".
This recognition does not require knowledge of a person's sexual organs.
The pair, who have not been named, had their breasts surgically removed and had undergone male hormone therapy, but retain some female sex organs.
The Western Australia state Gender Reassignment Board had refused to certify them as male because their sex change surgeries were incomplete.