Germany to recognize third gender for intersex people

Germany’s top court has ruled that there must be the option of registering a third gender on birth certificates, the BBC reports.

It would make Germany the first European country to offer intersex people the choice of identifying as neither male nor female.

The case was brought by a registered female whose chromosome test confirmed they were neither one sex nor the other.

Activists described it as a “small revolution.”

The constitutional court in Karlsruhe has given the government until the end of 2018 to pass a law specifying a category other than male or female.

It said current regulations on civil status were discriminatory against intersex people.

The category could be called “inter” or “various.”

A German government spokesperson said the government would comply with the ruling.

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