Sunday 19 November 2017

Germany allows 'third sex' option for babies of 'indeterminate' gender

Mother with newborn baby sleeping on shoulder
Mother with newborn baby sleeping on shoulder

Parents of the children will now be able to register their child's sex as "undetermined" or "unspecified" on the birth certificate

Germany has become the first country in Europe to allow children with the characteristics of both sexes to be registered as neither female nor male.

Lawmakers announced the "indeterminate sex" category in August, saying that the regulation would come into effect on November 1st.

The decision to change the rules was made in order to remove pressure on parents to decide on controversial sex-assignment surgery for their newborns.

Parents of the children will now be able to register their child's sex as "undetermined" or "unspecified" on the birth certificate.

Around one in 2000 people are born with the characteristics of both sexes, they are known as "intersex" people and may have genital ambiguity, and combinations of chromosomal genotype and sexual phenotype other than XY-male and XX-female.

Germany has become the first country in Europe to allow children with the characteristics of both sexes to be registered as neither female nor male.

The new law is also aimed at preventing discrimination against people who are not defined as either male or female. German passports currently list the holder's sex as either F for female or M for male.

The new law means people could now have a third designation X, for intersex persons.

Independent.co.uk

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