A third gender option will be available on German birth certificates soon. Starting Nov. 1, parents will be able to choose from male, female, and "blank." According to United Press International on August 23, 2013, this new law will allow people to choose to have sex reassignment surgery later in life as adults rather than have parents make the choice as infants.
The law allows such infants to choose for themselves later in life whether to identify as male or female and consent to medical treatments appropriate to their choice.
The third gender option may also be kept and used on important documents such as driver’s licenses and passports, rather than the traditional and sometimes limiting male or female designation. Australia was the first country to allow for a third choice earlier this year. They give the options of male, female, or "X (Indeterminate/Intersex/Unspecified)."
The adoption of a third gender option is having an effect in other countries as well. Individuals who define themselves as neither a man nor a woman can use a third gender or third sex. Third includes a fourth, fifth or even other gender designation. Recognizing that there is more than one gender and that it is not just a psychological state of mind but a choice for humans to make for themselves is a basic right. Even some animals can have a third sex designation, which sometimes changes throughout their lives.
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