German courts mandates introduction of third gender category in public documents

The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany has held that the civil status law, which does not provide a third gender category for registration, is violative of the right to privacy, and thus incompatible with the constitution. The Court has directed the legislature to within a year, create a new regulation to provide for registration of one’s gender in the third category, or do away with public documents altogether. In 2013, Germany became the first European country to allow the registration of newborns as neither male nor female. This ruling will take the initiative for legal recognition of trans persons further by allowing for the creation of a third category of gender in legal documents.

1 BvR 2019/16