Germany has become Europe’s first country to allow babies with characteristics of both sexes to be registered as neither male nor female.
Parents are now allowed to leave the gender blank on birth certificates, in effect creating a new category of “indeterminate sex”.
“While Germany is the first country in Europe to legally recognise a third gender, several other nations have already taken similar steps.
Australians have had the option of selecting “x” as their gender – meaning indeterminate, unspecified or intersex – on passport applications since 2011. A similar option was introduced for New Zealanders in 2012.
In South Asia, Bangladesh has offered an “other” gender category on passport applications since 2011.
Nepal began recognising a third gender on its census forms in 2007 while Pakistan made it an option on national identity cards in 2011.
India added a third gender category to voter lists in 2009.
While transgender or intersex people have long been accepted in Thailand and are officially recognised by the country’s military, they do not have any separate legal status.”