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Their ABC: at it again

24 February 2018

8:43 AM

24 February 2018

8:43 AM

And here we were in the reality-based community thinking it would be hard for even the ABC to trump last week’s “The case for a ‘pregnant male’ emoji“:

Well, just last night they managed to surprise us all:

Managed to surprise us all so swiftly, too.

Now, time for some facts. Here are the some key lines from the Australian Bureau of Statistics publication Sex and Gender Diversity in the 2016 Census:

There were 1,260 people who gave an intentional and valid sex/gender diverse response. This is a minimum estimate and is expected to have been substantially under-reported.

One-third of these people (35%) did not provide a more descriptive term (‘Other, not further defined’).

‘Another gender’ (18%) and ‘Non-binary’ (17%) were the next most commonly reported categories.

Some 13% said they were trans male or trans female. A further 13% described themselves just as trans or transgender without giving a more specific identity.

Very few people reported they were intersex or of indeterminate sex – 3.2% of the intentional, valid diverse sex/gender population, and 0.17 per 100,000 of the Australian population.

Such vast numbers! One thousand, two hundred and sixty out of a population of 24.3 million.

Their ABC. Nothing if not representative.

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