Spiegel reports that German families can now opt out of gender (as a legal category) for their children:
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Germany is set to become the first country in Europe to introduce a third, “indeterminate” gender designation on birth certificates.
The option of selecting “blank,” in addition to the standard choices of “male” or female” on birth certificates will become available in Germany from November 1. The legislative change allows parents to opt out of determining their baby’s gender, thereby allowing those born with characteristics of both sexes to choose whether to become male or female in later life. Under the new law, individuals can also opt to remain outside the gender binary altogether.
The law passed just six weeks after Australia became the first country in the world to introduce legal guidelines on gender recognition…individuals can select the third category irrespective of whether or not they have undergone sex reassignment surgery or hormone therapy.