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Third Gender Option: Now Available on German Birth Certificates

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An ABC News story that was on Good Morning America yesterday is turning heads. This November, Germany is to become the first European nation to legally, as well as bureaucratically, recognize a third gender in cases of babies born with ambiguous genitalia. The law requires birth certificates to have the option of “blank” next to male and female. The Munich newspaper SĂĽddeutsche Zeitung is calling it a “legal revolution.”

The story estimates that 1 in 2000 infants are intersex, which means that they fall into an umbrella of roughly 60 possible conditions that would be classified as disorders of sexual development. These disorders would include unusual chromosomes and gonads. Historically, we called these people “hermaphrodites,” and we believed that we could erase and redraw their gender identities at will.

U.S. doctors have recently come under controversy because gender identification is, frankly, not well understood. The standard practice is to assign a gender and wait for the child to develop mentally and physically before considering any kind of surgery.

A psychiatrist in New York City, Dr. Jack Drescher, said that the German birth certificate change “sounds like a good thing… Some people have life-endangering conditions that require surgery, but most kids do not… You can make a gender assignment without surgery and then see how identity develops. The science of knowing how a child will develop any gender identity is not very accurate…. Nobody can answer the questions about why this happens.”

Not all European nations agree with Germany’s progressive stance on the issue. France in particular has been cited as having trouble dealing with gender issues, and French lawmakers recently called for the removal of gender theory from school textbooks.

The Inquisitr notes that the first country in the world to bureaucratically recognize a third gender was Nepal, followed almost immediately by Australia, and that a Canadian group called Forcechange is taking signatures to petition the Canadian government for similar acknowledgement.

Der Spiegel writes that Finland is not very far behind Germany, but red tape is getting in the way. The policy director for the human rights watchdog group International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association, Silvan Agius, has claimed that the European Union is intentionally hampering efforts to make progress on third gender recognition: “Things are moving slower than they should at the European level… Germany’s move will put more pressure on Brussels [and] that can only be a good thing.”

Image courtesy of the Inquisitr.

Third Gender Option: Now Available on German Birth Certificates
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  • Christina

    I think this is great.

  • rick

    rmanys playing God again.

  • chi

    finally a step forward. also to the idiot saying its playing god.. what about hermaphrodites medically born with both genitals? seems like god is pretty messed up to begin with.

    • Please

      God doesn’t make mistakes. There is a purpose for everyone and everything.

      Why does this surprise anyone? Walk outside your door and just look at nature —- there is infinite variation in nature. Just look at the stars — there are trillions upon trillions of them. Any planet out there probably has variation of its own. Heck, their scientific laws may not even match or own.

      Just keep an open mind and do what Christ told us: be compassionate, peaceful, loving, kind, and forgiving. Trust in Christ. Everything will be okay.

  • Dorrie

    What a sick f**ked-up world we are becoming!

  • http://webpronews BRENDA

    THIS WORLD OF OURS IS NOT SCREWED UP ENOUGH I GUESS. I AM SO HAPPY I WON’T BE HERE TO SEE THIS GARBAGE OCCURR. PICK WHAT YOU WANT TO BE???? IS COLOR GOING TO BE A CHOICE AS WELL???? SORRY BUT THIS IS JUST TOO CRAZY FOR ME TO WRAP MY HEAD AROUND. I AM GLAD THAT I WAS BORN AT A TIME WHEN YOU WERE YOU AND DEALT WITH IT. SCIENCE IS WHERE IT DOES NOT BELONG.

    • Roentgen

      Maybe you need to research this more before you jump to conclusions. This was set for children who were born with BOTH sex organs, so that way they could grow and realize which sex they identified with rather than just having it decided for them. For example in the United States there was a child born with both male and female organs. He was taken into foster care and doctors took it upon themselves to remove his male sexual organs–and he grew up associating as a male, having his male organs stripped from him without a decision in it.

    • Please

      What is too difficult to wrap your head around? We have infinite variation due to genes. It is called nature and variation. You, I think, are just biased and forget that at the end of the day, a person is a human being. This is what your outrage stems from.

      All this is really easy to deal with. Treat others the way they treat you. My entire life has taught me that this is the way to go. What I learned is that people we think are so “good and moral” in this world, really aren’t that good and people we think are so “bad and immoral”, really aren’t as bad as we make them out to be.

      Funny thing is Christ always knew this. This is why he told us not to judge.

    • @Brenda

      To you it is screwed up because it doesn’t conform to your likes. At the end of the day, we are our own worst enemies and create our own suffering.

      Most of the problems in the world come from people that cannot simply accept others for what they are.

      If there were only two people left on the planet, the would eventually fight and create problems. It is such a shame. Funny thing is that our time is so limited here and really what man thinks in the end — simply does not matter.

  • Ali

    I think trend of this things will help the human in feature

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