Third gender

For babies with characteristics of both sexes, Germany is to become Europe’s first country to register those as neither male nor female. Parents will be allowed to leave the gender blank on birth certificates.

Parents often have to choose a gender very quickly in these babies so the new child can be registered with the authorities. Sometimes surgery is performed to turn the baby’s physical characteristics as far as possible in one direction or the other.

The law in Germany has been following a review of cases which revealed great unhappiness.

These babies are known as ”intersex” because they have a mixture of male and female chromosomes or even genitalia which have characteristics of both genders.

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