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The state human rights watchdog of South Korea to include non-binary gender in official documents

This choose also join Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan and some states in the United States

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/NOVOSTIVL/ The state-run human rights watchdog is set to add a non-binary gender option in official petition documents in a move to embrace lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people.This article appeared in The Korea Times.

The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) will be the first government organization to offer a gender-neutral option in official papers.

Currently, those who file petitions with the commission must identify themselves as male, female, transgender male or transgender female in their applications.

However, the rights commission is likely to be the lone government body to have the non-binary option for the present because it has no plan to recommend that other state organizations implement it.

The change comes after a local LGBT community, Trans Liberation Front, took issue with the matter, March 27.

"Even though the NHRCK has options dividing into two genders ― male and female, it does not correspond to its main duty of protecting human rights and dealing with human rights abuse," the group said.

In many countries, a non-binary gender option allows people to select X as well as male and female for their gender.

Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan and some states in the United States allow people to identify as non-binary on their government documents. The Netherlands and Austria are also considering doing the same.

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