Germany first in Europe to allow ‘third gender’ birth certificates

The German decision to recognise a third gender was based on a recommendation by the constitutional court.

When a baby is born with both female and male physical characteristics in Germany, its parents will no longer be legally obliged to choose one of the sexes. Germany will become the first country in Europe to join a small group of nations which recognise a third or "undetermined" sex when registering births.

From November , it will be officially allowed to assign the baby a “third gender” if the sex cannot be clearly identified at birth. The new law will apply to inters...

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