Stuff co.nz 16 July 2014
The invisibility of New Zealand’s genderqueer community could be lifted, if New Zealand Statistics implements a series of proposed changes to the 2018 census.
Genderqueer is the term used to describe people whose gender identity does not fit a commonly used description, including male or female.
Statistics is leading a working group to standardise how it will collect data about people’s gender identity.
The proposed concept identifies gender as “a person’s internal, deeply felt sense of being male or female or something other or in between”.
RainbowYOUTH general manager Duncan Matthews, originally from Waikato, said the change was an excellent first step towards being able to gain accurate and representative data about people whose gender identity did not always match the sex they were assigned at birth.
“Indications are that there are many more people than are commonly assumed, with a recent survey indicating 1.2 per cent of high school students actively identify as transgender, with another 2.5 per cent not sure of their gender identity.”