No technical issue to third gender option on Taiwan passports

Taipei-There should be no technical difficulties in adding a third gender option to Republic of China (Taiwan) passports as long as the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approves a third gender option for household registration and national identification purposes, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) said Thursday.

Minister Without Portfolio Lin Wan-i (???) previously asked relevant ministries to look into the possibility of adding a third gender option to passports and other identification documents.

According to BOCA's preliminary assessment, as long as the Ministry of the Interior approves such an option and adds it to national identification cards and household registration, the bureau will follow suit.

Andrew Lee (???), spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which oversees the bureau, explained at a press conference on Thursday that the issuance of passports is preceded by the issuing of national identification cards, so if the MOI decides to include a third gender on national IDs, MOFA will address the gender issue on passports.

Chang Wan-yi (???), director of the MOI's Department of Household Registration, told CNA that once the government has decided its policy on the matter, the department will proceed to make the change as required.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel