Parents in Germany now have a third choice for their baby's gender. Instead of having to choose between only male and female, German parents can select “gender blank” as an option. According to an August 22 report by the Christian Post, parents can only choose “gender blank” if their baby has both male and female physical attributes.
Australia was the first country to “legally” introduce a third gender for official documents. The third gender does not apply to only birth certificates. “X” can be chosen as the gender for citizens in New Zealand. Nepal announced plans to pass similar laws.
When German babies whose parents choose “gender blank” grow up, they are able to choose their own gender. They are also able to remain with the third gender option, if they prefer.
Choosing to remain “gender blank” may pose to be a problem. Passports still require male or female to be selected. Seeing the Germany does not recognize same-sex marriage and only recognized marriage between a man and a woman, someone who is “gender blank” would not be able to marry. They would have to choose the gender which is opposite of the person they want to marry.
The third gender option only applies to hermaphrodites. The baby would have to have physical attributes of both male and female. It does not apply to transgender, those who choose to identify with the opposite sex.