Germany introduces a third gender

Germany introduces a third gender

A constitutional court in Karlsruhe, Germany has ruled in favour of  registering persons falling under any other gender that’s not female or male.

Germany will be among the first countries to register persons on birth certificates with another gender. The case was fronted to the court by a  “female” whose chromosome tests read negative for both genders.

The government has been given up to the end of 2018 by the court to pass the law identifying citizens that fall on the other category, which is referred to “intersex” or “various”.

“In Germany it has been possible since 2013 to leave the gender box blank on the birth certificate for people born with characteristics of both males and females,” BBC reported.

Activist groups in Germany have lobbied the government to recognise other sexes who neither fall in the two recognised gender as UN says “the condition affects up to 1.7% of the world’s population.”

The response from the government has been positive so far as according to BBC  “A German government spokesperson said the government would comply with the ruling.”


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