|Born||Bruce Norrie Watson
May 23, 1961
Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
|Known for||Legally genderless person|
Norrie May-Welby (born Bruce Norrie Watson, 23 May 1961), also known as norrie mAy-Welby, is a Scottish-Australian who became the first transsexual person in Australia to pursue a legal status of neither a man nor a woman,. That status is subject to an appeal by the State of New South Wales.
At least two other Australians - both born intersex - are known to have birth certificates and/or passports showing an indeterminate or unspecified sex. Alex MacFarlane is believed to be the first such Australian.
May-Welby was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland as a male and moved to Perth, Western Australia at the age of seven. May-Welby underwent male-to-female reassignment surgery on 3 April 1989, but later found that being a woman was not what May-Welby felt like either. May-Welby moved to Sydney, New South Wales in the early 1990s, after a highly publicised court case in Perth. Doctors stated, in January 2010, that May-Welby was a neuter, neither male nor female, a psychological self-image as a neuter, hormones not the same as a male's or female's, and he no sex organs.
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Australian ruling on gender
The New South Wales Government recognised May-Welby as being neither male or female - as hormonally, psychologically and physically he was neither male or female. May-Welby is now referred to as "zie" (rather than she/he) and "hir" (rather than her/him). This comes three years after Australia's foreign minister of the time had reversed a policy whereby people could obtain a passport stating their "intended sex."
However, the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages rescinded its promise to supply May-Welby with a registered details certificate that had "not specified" written in the sex box. May-Welby had originally received the certificate the day before Mardi Gras, but then received a phone call from a representative of the agency that said it would be cancelled. May-Welby received a formal letter of cancellation on 17 March 2010. In response, May-Welby filed a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission and has claimed to the media to be "devastated with the news".
Australians with non-specific or indeterminate identification documents
Alex MacFarlane is believed to be the first person in Australia to obtain a birth certificate recording sex as indeterminate. Alex MacFarlane was reported as receiving a passport with an 'X' sex descriptor in early 2003. This is stated by the West Australian to be on the basis of an indeterminate birth certificate issued by the State of Victoria. The West Australian newspaper reported in January 2003 that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade "had decided to accommodate people whose birth certificates recorded their sex as indeterminate ... Alex is also believed to be the first Australian issued with a birth certificate acknowledging a gender other than male of female".
Councillor Tony Briffa JP, of Organisation Intersex International Australia and the City of Hobsons Bay, Victoria, previously acknowledged as the world's first openly intersex public official and mayor, states on Tony's website that "my birth certificate is silent as to my sex".
In February 2014, a former catering worker Valeria Jones sued their employer Bon Appetit Management Co. in Oregon for US$518,000 after co-workers repeatedly referred to Jones as female. Jones identified as "not a female or a male and that the term was unwelcome."
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