Germany to recognise ‘third gender’

Intersex babies in Germany will get the “third gender” option in birth registers by the end of 2018, the deadline set by the Federal Constitutional Court to legalise it in its order issued on Wednesday. The court said sexual identity of an individual is to be protected as a basic right. The activist group Third Option described the ruling as a small revolution in the gender area. Countries like Australia, India, New Zealand and Nepal have already recognized intersex people on their official documents.