Germany To Become First European Country That Recognizes Third Gender

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Back in October, California has become the first US state to officially recognize the third gender identity on all state-issued identification documents. Now, the same good news reaches us from Germany where the highest court has ruled there must be a third gender option when registering a gender on birth certificates.

According to the court, not providing "a third option is unconstitutional." Once the law passes, it will make Germany the first European country to allow non-binary identity on official documents. The policy caters to both, individuals who don't identify as male or female, and those born with ambiguous sexual anatomy.

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Since 2013, Germany has allowed parents of intersex children to leave the gender box unchecked on birth certificates. To those confused by the term intersex, it is a "general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn't seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male." The Intersex Society of North America further explains:

"For example, a person might be born appearing to be female on the outside, but having mostly male-typical anatomy on the inside.

Or a person may be born with genitals that seem to be in-between the usual male and female types – for example, a girl may be born with a noticeably large clitoris, or lacking a vaginal opening, or a boy may be born with a notably small penis, or with a scrotum that is divided so that it has formed more like labia.

Or a person may be born with mosaic genetics, so that some of her cells have XX chromosomes and some of them have XY."

This explanation alone should shut all the haters and ignorant mouthbreathers proclaiming the third gender identity a nonsense because 'in basic biology, you're either male or female.' In fact, Germany's case was spurred by an intersex person who, registered as female, had chromosomes that didn't conform to either sex.

But intersex individuals are just part of the puzzle. The new system is highly celebrated by transgender people who, because of the disparity between their physical appearance and the gender listed on official documents, often face trouble with institutions such as police, immigration or anything that requires a photo ID.

The law should come into effect by December 31, 2018, and the categories will possibly be named either "inter" or "various." Watch this space as the world becomes more and more inclusive.