‘Third sex’ need more protection
A “THIRD sex” – made up of people who consider themselves to be neither male nor female – will be protected by equality laws, a Home Office minister has pledged.
Lynne Featherstone, minister for equalities, said that non-gendered people should have the same legal protection as transsexuals, lesbians and gays.
The Home Office will consider what further protection and support for non-gendered people should receive.
That could include giving people the right NOT to stipulate that they are either male or female on identity documents such as passports.
Some countries, such as Nepal, already officially recognise a third sex.
Featherstone said: “There is a spectrum The minute we are born, they hold us up by our leg and say, ‘it’s a boy’, or ‘it’s a girl’, but actually that’s not the case.
“Most of us don’t have to consider our gender but for those with gender identity issues it’s a lifetime challenge.”