Germany is the first European country...

Germany is the first European country to recognize a third gender

There are 4 comments on the io9.com story from Aug 23, 2013, titled Germany is the first European country to recognize a third gender. In it, io9.com reports that:

Starting this November, German parents will be able to select male, female, or “indeterminate” when filling out their newborn’s birth certificate. This means that parents won’t have to label their baby’s gender, thereby allowing those born with intersex characteristics to make a decision later in life. Or not.

The new law, which goes into effect on November 1, was passed back in May, but has only now started getting widespread attention — a mere six weeks after Australia became the first country in the world to introduce legal guidelines on gender recognition. Back in July, the country added “intersex” and other gender designations to official documents, like passports.

An intersex person is someone who has a variation in sex characteristics, including chromosomes and genitals that don’t allow them to be identified neatly as either male or female.

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Anonymous Proxy

#1 Aug 23, 2013
This is sick.

Since: Mar 09

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#3 Aug 23, 2013
This is great news.

Children born inter-sexed will now have a chance to grow up an find out for themselves which they actually are before any surgeries.

There have been so many arbitrarily-made wrong decisions. This fixes that.

Honestly, I never expected this from Germany.

“Equality First”

Since: Jan 09

St. Louis, MO

#4 Aug 24, 2013
This is just a minor example of how "spreading democracy" affects us. It allows other countries to speed ahead of us in matters of human rights, while we fight at home to pull ourselves out of the 1950's brain freeze of people on the right.

Since: Dec 08

Toronto, ON, Canada

#5 Aug 24, 2013
The USA should start recognizing a fourth gender: "changeling." They are the children who are actually spawn of flesh-eating demons and grow up to become trolls who prowl discussion forums!

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