Third gender option for German birth certificates? Not so fast

thirdTHE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Social media is being swamped with news reports of a “third option” for gender registration on German birth certificates. It’s being heralded as a major step forward for trans people.

However, the European trans organization, Transgender Europe (TGEU), is saying it’s an illusion. The new law applies to only newborn babies of which gender can not be determined (intersex, for instance), and there’s no third “option” — the parents only have a choice of leaving both fields (male and female gender marker) blank.

TGEU says transgender people do not benefit anything from this — they cannot use the law to change their birth certificates and likewise, cannot be used to change passports, drivers licenses  [A number of readers on social media pointed out that German Drivers Licenses do not have gender markers.]  and other documents.

It also apparent that intersex advocates aren’t exactly completely pleased with the way the law turned out either.

In either case, there may not be much substance to social media-driven hype about this new German law.


Anyone with further insight can comment below.

An Option that is no option – a TGEU Comment on Germany’s new law on registering intersex infants | TGEU – transgender europe.

Tip of the hat to Mercedes Allen.



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3 replies

  1. Somebody mentioned elsewhere that Germany doesn’t require gender ID on drivers license. Can anyone confirm this?

  2. Yes. I got my driving license in 1999 and there is no gender marker, neither on my Personal ID from 2006.
    Although its almost always clear from the name, as there are no(t many) non gender names here.

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