Germany Legalizes Third Gender On Birth Certificates For Intersex People

The German parliament approved a law saying children born not distinctly male or female can be registered as “divers” — which translates to “miscellaneous” — on birth certificates.

 Before now, doctors would leave the gender marker blank on birth certificates if the child was intersex, according to The Jakarta Post. 

“The assignment to a gender is of paramount importance for individual identity; it typically occupies a key position both in the self-image of a person and how the person is perceived by others,” the court said, according to the New York Times. “It also protects the sexual identity of those persons who are neither male nor female.”

 The new law will also allow individuals to change their gender marker later in life. The third option will be available on drivers licenses and other personal identification.