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Thursday 21 June 2018

It's time to recognise a third gender - Dutch court rules

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Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A court in the Netherlands has said lawmakers should recognise a neutral, third gender, in a groundbreaking ruling for a person who does not identify as male or female.

The court in the southern city of Roermond said on Monday the person's gender could not be definitively determined at birth.

The person was registered as male but later had treatment to become a woman and successfully applied to have her gender officially changed to female.

However the applicant later sought to be listed as a "third gender" - neither male nor female.

The court said in a statement "the time is ripe for recognition of a third gender," adding "it is now up to lawmakers".

Transgender activists hailed the ruling as a revolutionary step in Dutch law.

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