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On Friday July 17th, New Zealand announced that it has adopted a new gender option — called “Gender Diverse” — in addition to the existing “male” and “female” options, for citizens who have non-binary gender identities. We commend the New Zealand government and celebrate this victory for all non-binary people! Indeed, intersex people are subjected to non-consensual surgeries, a.ka. Intersex Genital Mutilation (IGM), every day throughout the first world — even in progressive cities such as New York and San Francisco — because of the fear that we will grow up to have non-binary gender identities. Thus, recognizing and accepting non-binary gendered people as equal citizens is a big step towards acceptance of all intersex people — whether we grow up to identify as non-binary or not — and we encourage the U.S. to follow New Zealand’s lead!
Related link: http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/70335741/new-diverse-gender-category-affirming-for-local-activist.html