The new law for gender options in birth certificates is now available for all newborn babies in Germany. Proud parents can choose from male, female or 'neither.' This law aims to protect babies from gender-assignment surgery.

 Third gender option on German birth certificates

On November 1, 2013, the new law or regulation will take effect in Germany. The first European country to recognize indeterminate sex categorization status.

The new law stated that, "If a child cannot be designated male or female, then they should be entered on the birth register without such a status."

According to Christian Science Monitor, "at least 150 intersex babies are born in Germany each year and 8,000 to 10,000 people have "serious variations" from physical gender-defining characteristics."

Meanwhile, In Australia, citizens are allowed to note their gender on a passport as "X" since 2011.

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