hi I am just wondering why we havent heard the voices of people like Chris Sommers XXY or Alexan Mc Farlane in this forum,http://www.intersexualite.org/Intergender-Index.html
given the discussion on Intersex as a sex has been raised, neither of these people who have caimpagned for their rights publically in the passed seem to be taking part in the consulation.
article about alex follows
From the Western Australian newspaper, Perth 11 January 2003:
X Marks the Spot for Intersex Alex
By Julie Butler
A QUIET trailblazer from Perth's Hills has become the first in Australia and
probably the world to hold a passport aknowledging that not everyone is male or
female. Alex MacFarlane, 48, is intersex and wanted a passport recognising it.
Women have a 46XX chromosome mix and men 46XY. Alex is 47XXY, a form of
androgyny shared by about one in every 1500 to 2000 babies.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade initially baulked, saying its computers
could deal only with an F or M in the sex field of passports. For Alex, choosing M or F
would have been lying. “I should not have to commit fraud because of a
department's production inadequacies,” Alex said.
Late last year, after months of correspondence from Alex, and an inquiry from The West
Australian, the department had a rethink, deciding to change its passport processing
system to allow an X in the sex field. The X signifies unspecified sex or intersex and is
the only other sex category allowed under International Civil Aviation Organisation
guidelines for machine-readable passports.
A spokeswoman told The West Australian that, after reviewing the issue, the department
had decided to accommodate people whose birth certificates recorded their sex as
indeterminate. Alex has since received the passport, with an X in the sex field. After
making inquiries with intersex people overseas, Alex believes the move set a global
“It means a great deal," Alex said. “I've been battling with 30-odd years of
misrepresentation. It means I can now participate in more of the community.” Alex is
also believed to be the first Australian issued with a birth certificate acknowledging a
gender other than male of female. Alex's says “indeterminate - also known as
interse”. It was issued in Alex's birth State of Victoria, which unlike WA, changed its
policy to allow the category.
Despite all this ground-breaking, Alex shuns the limelight, quietly chipping away at
bureaucratic discrimination. “Finding a niche to crawl into has been impossible, so I've
made my own,” Alex said. “I do not want to change the world, but just the way some of it
thinks. Intersex individuals should not have to break the law, by pretending to be male or
female, in order to vote, marry, hold a licence, or own property.”
Not all 47XXY people identify as androgynous. Some perceive themselves as male or
female, and many, like Alex, were surgically altered at birth to appear male or female.