Germany has added a third gender option to their birth certificates for babies who are born with both sex traits. On Nov. 1, CBS News reported that parents will be able to choose an "X" option for their children and will later be able to choose the same option on the child's passport. Germany is the first country in the world to offer a third gender option on a birth certificate.
"The legislation, which went into effect on Friday Nov. 1, was enacted in order to give parents and children more time before making life-changing sex reassignment decisions," CBS News reports.
Germany's third gender option is quite revolutionary. According to the Intersex Society of North America, about 1 in 2,000 babies are born with parts of both sex's genitalia. While the option is still being debated by many people, most would agree that more needs to be done surrounding this cause.
"While on the one hand it has provided a lot of visibility about intersex issues... it does not address the surgeries and the medicalization of intersex people and that's not good -- that has to change (sic)," said Dr. Hertha Richter-Appelt. Other countries have shown that adding a third gender on birth certificates could be coming soon -- because many have an "X" gender option for passports and census forms.
Germany adding a third gender option is receiving mixed reviews from those living outside of the country. What do you think of this?
© Effie Orfanides 2013