The third gender is now available in German birth certificates

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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)

Germany’s parliament has passed a law which will add a third gender to birth certificates in order not to force intersex kids to undergo the genital surgery which is often performed to ‘normalize’ their reproductive organs in correspondence with the gender binary standards. Such surgeries are harmful for intersex kids both physically and mentally. The blank option on forms, instituted in Germany in 2013 as a Europe-wide first, will be replaced by a “diverse” option for newborns whose sexual anatomy does not fit the binary male or female, according to The Local Germany and Deutsche Welle. If intersex people grow up and want to change the gender marker in their birth certificates, it can be done with a medical approval. The changes to the law, passed on Thursday (December 13) by the Bundestag, came after the highest court in the country ruled in favor of an intersex person seeking to add a third gender to official documents in November 2017. The Federal Constitutional Court ordered that by the end of 2018, the parliament must legally recognize another gender option from birth or remove gender from documents entirely.

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