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Germany First Country In Europe To Introduce Third Gender On Birth Certificates

german-intersex-flagStarting in November, German parents will have the option of choosing “male”, “female” or “blank” for their child’s gender.

Germany is the first country in the European Union to introduce the third gender option. The law was passed back in May, however it has only recently been reported on following similar legislation in Australia.

According to Spiegel Online:

The legislative change allows parents to opt out of determining their baby’s gender, thereby allowing those born with characteristics of both sexes to choose whether to become male or female in later life. Under the new law, individuals can also opt to remain outside the gender binary altogether.

It remains unclear how gender assignment will be affected on other legal documents, such as passports, which still require the traditional two genders.

Australia’s law applies to all documents and provides “theĀ option to select M (male), F (female) or X (Indeterminate/Intersex/Unspecified)” — regardless of whether the individual has undergone gender reassignment surgery or hormone therapy.

 

By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           Aug 19, 2013
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  • 5 Comments
    • Kangol
      Kangol

      Way to go, Germany! More countries need to think about equitable treatment for their intersex populations.

      Aug 19, 2013 at 11:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • victorginori
      victorginori

      Why the ‘Third Reich, third gender’ headline? That’s incredibly rude and offensive.

      Aug 19, 2013 at 11:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Zeph
      Zeph

      Totally agree that the headline is uncalled for.

      Aug 19, 2013 at 11:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GeriHew
      GeriHew

      And just plain stupid too as the the Third Reich is well and truly over since 1944.

      Also, Brussels is not a nation.

      Aug 19, 2013 at 12:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • manjoguy
      manjoguy

      @victorginori: Agreed – uncalled for and stupid. What is the connection between Third Reich and transgender (unless author was trying to be cutesy with the word “third”?

      Aug 22, 2013 at 8:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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