‘Third sex’ need more pro­tec­tion

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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.”

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