Germany recently became the first major world power to allow people born with characteristics of both sexes to be registered as neither male nor female. In the past, and in too many other countries today, parents are required to make a choice at the moment of birth which narrowly confines their newborn to a life as one labelled gender. This seminal step to battle trans discrimination sets a new paradigm in motion and now it is starting to gain momentum throughout the EU and the rest of the world.
The procedurally simple choice of leaving the gender category on hospital forms blank seems so obvious and leaves many to question why it has taken so long for nations to notice.
“This will be the first time that the law acknowledges that there are human beings who are neither male nor female, or are both – people who do not fit into the traditional legal categories.” – University of Bremen law professor Konstanze Plett.
The legal change goes further to include passports. Where German passports used to require an M or F designation for gender, they will now allow an X for people of other genders to utilize.
The law does not require all bathrooms to be multi-gender or for school sports to become gender integrated, but it does prohibit discrimination of X gender individuals and lay the ground work for new genders to be added (or better yet, for all gender classifications to be obviated).
“It’s only a matter of time” said Clarissa Tongue of ILoveTS.com “Love does eventually conquer all else, and as transsexual dating communities continue to grow online, digital dating enthusiasts of all genders are coming together to support each other in exciting ways. One day soon, we hope anyone can wear blue or pink without being assumed male or female. It sounds so simple… because when you think about it, it really is so simple. People are who they are, not who any government or onlooker says they should be instead.”
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