Germany adopts legal third gender identity

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Intersex people in Germany can now legally identify themselves as a ‘third gender’, under a new law adopted in December.
People who do not fit the biological definition of male or female can now choose the category “diverse”, on official documents.

Those choosing the option will need a doctor’s certificate to register.

Last June, Austria’s Constitutional Court made a similar ruling to that of Germany’s, while Australia, New Zealand, Malta, India and Canada have all passed measures to redress issues facing intersex citizens.

Germany’s Parliament approved the law change last month, to come into effect on New Years’ Day.

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