Malta introduces third gender marker in official documents

The Maltese Minister for European Affairs and Equality, alongside Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms, Citizenship and Simplification of Administrative Processes announced that citizens of Malta may now apply to have their gender identity marked as “X” on all official documentation, including passports, identity cards, and residence permits. Those wishing to change their identity marker must take an oath before a notary; this is the only requirement. Malta is the second European Union member state to introduce this option for its citizens in an effort to move towards greater equality. The “X” option became possible after the approval of the LGBTIQ Action Plan 2015 by the Maltese Cabinet.