The Netherlands has issued its first gender-neutral passport after an ‘intersex’ Dutch-person successfully argued that prohibiting citizens from registering as gender neutral amounted to a violation of “self-determination.”
Leonne Zeegers, 57, received a passport that identifies her gender as ‘X’, after winning a lawsuit against the government. Zeegers says that she was born intersex, but was born and raised as a boy. In 2001, he had surgery to become a female.
However, the ruling does not mean that any gender-fluid Dutch citizen can receive the ‘X’ gender distinction. Courts will decide whether the designation is appropriate on a case-by-case basis.
The move received mixed reviews on social media. The Dutch haven’t ventured into uncharted, gender-ambiguous territory, however.
Countries that already allow a third gender option include Canada, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Malta, New Zealand, Pakistan, India, Ireland and Nepal.
The ‘X’ distinction is also approved by the ICAO, the UN agency that regulates international air travel.
RT.com / ABC Flash Point News 2018.