Germany becomes the first country in Europe to officially recognize the third gender

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BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 22: German Chancellor Angela Merkel prepares to welcome French Prime Minister Manuel Valls at the Chancellery on September 22, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Valls is on a two-day visit to Germany at a time when Merkel has been critical of the slow pace of French economic reforms. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The highest court in Germany has voted to strengthen intersex identity rights after lawmakers passed a motion which would allow to add the third gender marker to the official documents. Ruling in favour of an appeal brought by an intersex person, a top court in Germany approved the use of a third gender on official documentation asking the parliament to provide the legal gender recognition from the birth. After authorities rejected an intersex person’s attempt to change their registered sex on the birth register, they were refused due to the fact that they had to register on official documents as male, female, or leave or the space blank. Several lower courts had ruled against a bid for gender change to neither male nor female. The person in question then to the challenge to a German high court, who ruled that the government would have to introduce new regulations so that an intersex gender option could be officially available. Germany now joins the likes of Australia, India, New Zealand and Nepal in recognising a third gender on official documentation.

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