Germany allows indeterminate gender on birth register
BERLIN (REUTERS) - Germany will become the first European country to recognise indeterminate sex by allowing babies born with no clear gender-determining anatomy to be put on the birth register without a "male" or "female"classification.
The new regulation, which takes effect from Nov 1, stems from a study by the German Ethics Council into intersexuality that concluded that the rights of intersex individuals against irreversible medical interventions should be better protected.
"If a child cannot be designated male or female, then they should be entered on the birth register without such a status,"the new law states.
According to 2007 government figures, at least 150 intersex babies are born in Germany each year and 8,000 - 10,000 people have "serious variations" from physical gender-defining characteristics.