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Third Gender Identity Approved by German Parliament

Third Gender Identity Approved by German Parliament

The government was forced to act after Germany's highest court ruled last year that people must be allowed to register as neither male nor female, ordering authorities to create a third identity or scrap gender entries altogether.

The German parliament has approved a third gender option for official records that will allow people to be registered as "diverse." Lawmakers approved the change late Thursday.

The government was forced to act after Germany's highest court ruled last year that people must be allowed to register as neither male nor female, ordering authorities to create a third identity or scrap gender entries altogether.This followed a case in which a plaintiff had unsuccessfully sought to have their entry in the birth register changed from "female" to "inter/diverse" or "diverse."

Until now, the only other option was to leave the gender blank. Advocacy groups and some opposition politicians argue that the resulting legislation doesn't go far enough. According to them, in most cases, it requires people to produce a doctor's certificate to change their status.

first published:December 14, 2018, 14:50 IST