Germany has made history, as the country’s highest court has ruled in favour of allowing babies to be registered as neither male nor female on birth certificates.

The Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe has given the government until the end of next year to pass a law which specifies a category other than male or female. Otherwise, it must eliminate a gender category completely.

According to the BBC, activists have described the court ruling as a ‘small revolution’, as the law will make Germany the first European country to give parents the option of a third category when registering their children.

Current laws were declared discriminatory, as gender should no longer be seen as fixed from birth but a social construct.

“This judgment is a very important step for intersex people in Germany. We hope it can lead to a rethink in society, to a realisation that there are more than two genders.”

In July we shared that the Canadian government claimed an 8-month-old baby could be the first child in the world without a government registered gender. READ MORE HERE.

Recently singer Paloma Faith, revealed she wants her kids to be gender neutral and wants them “to be who they want to be”. Read her story HERE.

There was also the  Californian couple who have said they will allow their child to decide whether he or she would like to be raised as a boy or a girl and until then raise him or her as gender fluid. Read that HERE.

We also heard recently of Ministers in the UK trying to ban the term “pregnant women” — as it could offend transgender parents.

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  • I think this is stupid and there is no necessity for things like this, unless there are medical issues. Perhaps under the guise of a medical problem then sure, but other than that you are either one or the other. If you choose to change after that is up to you but a birth certificate is a legal document.


  • This is such a complicated issue. I don’t think this is a Bad thing, but I don’t think it’ll help much either.


  • Interesting and very progressive. I don’t know that we’re ready for that here yet in Australia. Each to their own though, I guess. We can’t decide on Same Sex Marriage so I can’t see this happening in Australia for a while.


  • Sure kids can be who they want to be when older but initially I do think male or female should be on the birth certificate.


  • I think this is a great idea, especially with intersex children. It’s confusing enough that they don’t really know what their sex is until they have figured out if they are more male or female. I had a friend at school who was intersex, she viewed herself as more female and was saddened by the fact that she would never reproduce like a ‘normal’ female. That was 35 years ago and the first time I had heard about intersex, my mother had never heard of it.


  • I’m not sure how I feel about this. I prefer to put male or female on the birth certificate but that’s just my opinion


  • Personally I don’t think it’s natural. We are born either a boy or a girl, not gender neutral. Taking that position is also important for the development of their personality. When later in life a person wants to change gender then that’s their choice.


  • Crazy town! I understand that people can be gender fluid but you are born with either a penis or vagina which makes you male or female at birth. What you choose later in life is your choice.


  • I don’t mind the idea of gender being left off birth certificates all together. But I don’t like the idea of parents pushing their non gender conforming ways onto their kids.


  • So, will the Census become defunct when that happens – after all, it is designed to get a demographic of the Country including total males and females, among other information …. Also, how will the children be named – will we see an influx of new non-gender specific names …. ??


  • Law or no law, only a woman can be pregnant.
    I am surprised the sex no longer has to be shown on a birth certificate from a purely birth angle. Are the parents going to make up gender neutral names?


  • Interesting,they still have next year to pass it though!


  • I find it still quite difficult to have an opinion on this.


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