The Netherlands legalized the existence of a third sex

• The Netherlands have legalized the existence of a third sex

Recently, a resident of the Netherlands for the first time in the history of the country has received a birth certificate in which its floor was designated as the "third sex" (genderneutraal). It is about 57-year-old resident of Limburg, which has achieved justice for his case to the district court of Roermond, not wanting to be identified with either the male or the female gender.

The Netherlands legalized the existence of a third sex The Netherlands legalized the existence of a third sex

"At birth, in 1961, half the man was identified as male parents, simply because at the time this choice makes it possible not to complicate the situation," - says the court their decision. In 2001, this man began hormone therapy, which allowed the gradual transformation into a woman. Over time, this person officially changed sex from male to female.

The Netherlands legalized the existence of a third sex

"Over time, it turned out that the female sex is also fully reflects the essence of the plaintiff, whose identity is closer to" gender-neutral "rather than male or female," - says the court.

The Netherlands legalized the existence of a third sex

We are talking about a man named Leon Zeegers (Leonne Zeegers), who was born a hermaphrodite in a Catholic family. Leoni parents raised as a son of Leon and flatly rejected the idea that their child is not who they see it.

The Netherlands legalized the existence of a third sex

In order to achieve recognition called neither a woman nor a man, Leon spent two years in the courts, providing a huge amount of evidence of its unique identity, including even the physiological characteristics. Almost all his life Leoni was living as a man, becoming a woman only 17 years ago. "My breasts are real, my skin is smooth, I do not have a beard, I do not take hormones, but I'm already 57 years old. I have lived on both sides: sometimes I feel like a man, sometimes a woman, sometimes neither one nor the other. "

The Netherlands legalized the existence of a third sex

Pink to raise their children gender-neutral.

Now that the official recognition of the existence of a third gender recognized in the Netherlands, will be able to select this option for babies or change their birth certificates to those who have reached the age of majority. We also discuss the increase in the number of public toilets specifically for the third floor.

The Netherlands legalized the existence of a third sex

The gender-neutral toilet.

The third floor is officially recognized in a number of countries (at least 13), including Austria, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Canada and Germany. And although for different cultures and countries of the third floor is understood in different ways, most often it is a question either of an intermediate state between a man and a woman, or a complete denial of both sexes.

The Netherlands legalized the existence of a third sex

The third floor is officially recognized in a number of countries.