Taiwan to recognize the third gender

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A welcome announcement has made Taiwan the latest country to introduce passports for people who are neither male nor female. The measure, which was proposed by the country’s Gender Equality Committee (GEC), means that the country is one step away from including an ‘x’ option on passports alongside traditional male and female ones, pending approval from Ministry of the Interior (MOI). As the legislation affects the inclusion of an ‘x’ on household registration and national ID cards, it will allow Taiwanese passport holders not to specify their gender in their official documents if they don’t want to.Taiwan has made wave a landmark LGBT-supporting nation in East Asia, as it became the first Asian country to order its parliament to legalise same-sex marriage. Canada, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Malta, New Zealand, Pakistan, India, Ireland and Nepal have all introduced, or are in the process of introducing a third gender option on passports.

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