M, F or Blank: ‘Third Gender’ Official in Germany from November
By Friederike Heine
Germany is set to become the first country in Europe to introduce a third, “indeterminate” gender designation on birth certificates. The European Union, which is attempting to coordinate anti-discrimination efforts across member states, is lagging behind on the issue.
The option of selecting “blank”, in addition to the standard choices
of “male” or female” on birth certificates will become available in
Germany from November 1. The legislative change allows parents
to opt out of determining their baby’s gender, thereby allowing those
born with characteristics of both sexes to choose whether to become male
or female in later life. Under the new law, individuals can also opt to remain outside the gender binary altogether.
Germany is the first country in Europe to introduce this option —
Munich-based newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung is referring to the change as
a “legal revolution”. It remains unclear, however, how the change will
affect gender assignment in other personal documents, such as passports, which still require people to choose between two categories — “F” for female and “M” for male. German family law publication FamRZ has called for the introduction of a third category, designated by the letter “X”.
Just when you think things could not get stranger... California is set to approve allowing children in school to use the restroom that relates to their "gender identity" rather than their genetic code and physical appearance. As if not to be outdone in presuming that gender identity is the biggest question of preadolescent childhood, Germany seems to want parents to express doubts about the gender identity of their children from birth. Hmmm... what does this mean? How gender indeterminate does a baby need to be in order to become an it? What if a parent has a boy but decides to raise "it" as a girl? What could this mean? How often do you suppose such a classification might be necessary?
Kinda creepy. . .