Gender diverse Kiwis are increasingly changing identification to match “and car licences”

NZ Herald 5 January 2018
Family First Comment: Confusion – promoted and aided by the state. Disturbing. Can we get child prices at the movies today if we ‘identify’ as children? How about those special grants for Māori / pacific island students if we identify as that ethnicity?!! 
A growing number of Kiwis are changing their gender on official documentation.

In the past five years, almost 400 Kiwis have changed their official gender identity on their passport. The number rose from 14 people in 2012 to 114 last year. In 2017, 79 people had done so at the time an Official Information Act request was received in September.

People can choose their gender marker to be male, female or X which means “indeterminate”.

Figures released by NZTA show that licence holders defined as “indeterminate” gender had gone from 84 in 2014 to 107 in 2017.

Wellington transgender woman Jem Traylen has been transitioning over the past two years. She has changed her gender marker from male to female on her passport and driver’s licence. When she applied for an AA card she crossed out all the usual honorifics and wrote “Mx Jem Traylen”. She was surprised but delighted when it came back with that exact wording.

“I felt validated. It’s great that the business world was responding and understood what Mx meant and could make changes.

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