first_imgThe Age (Australia) 7 Oct 2011A transsexual can be legally recognised as a man without a penis, according to the High Court. The court yesterday delivered a landmark judgment allowing the appeal of two transsexuals who wanted to change the sex recorded on their birth certificates from female to male. The two, aged 34 and 28, had undergone double mastectomies and were having testosterone treatment, resulting in increased libido, hair growth and deeper voices. Both retained all female reproductive organs and neither had undergone phalloplasty surgery to construct a penis and testes. One of the men, known as AH, hailed the decision, saying not having a birth certificate to match his appearance had made life difficult, for example, when he had tried to obtain a mortgage from his bank manager. ”An over-emphasis on surgery should not exist,” he said.

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