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Germany approves third gender option for intersex people

Germany has approved a draft legislation that would add a third gender to options on official identity records.  Germany’s new law will allow intersex people to register as “divers,” which could be translated to “other.”

Germany has approved a draft legislation that would add a third gender to options on official identity records. 

Germany’s new law will allow intersex people to register as “divers,” which could be translated to “other,” according to Deutsche Welle. This comes after a Constitutional Court ruling in 2017 that sided with an intersex defendant, with the court finding that the existing system violated Germany’s anti-discrimination laws and violated a citizen’s individual rights.

If this becomes law, Germany will join such countries as Australia, Canada, India, Nepal and New Zealand in having this third option. It will also become the first European country to do so.

Though the German cabinet has approved it, the country’s parliament must now pass a law. The legislature has until December 31, 2018 to create a new regulation.

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