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Germany is first European country to recognise third sex on birth certificates

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 22 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5249
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

Germany is to become the first nation in Europe to legally recognise intersex babies, allowing parents to leave the male and female designation of sex on birth certificates blank for babies whose sex is not clear.

The new law allowing the intersex designation was approved by the German government in May, but has only recently been publicly announced, according to a news article in the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung.1 The change affects only birth certificates and not sex designations on other legal registries and documents such as passports. On birth certificates, the designation can later be …

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