14/08/2014 16:52 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Germany To Introduce Blank Gender Option On Birth Certificates

Germany to introduce blank gender option on birth certificates

Germany will become the first country in Europe to introduce a third option for assigning gender on birth certificates when they give parents the option of leaving their child's sex indeterminate later this year.

The Independent reports that from November 1, mums and dads can choose to allow their children to decide their own gender later in life by ticking the blank box.

The move is said to be an attempt to enable babies born with both male and female characteristics to decide for themselves whether they want to be considered male or female.

However, the new law also stipulates that individuals can choose to remain of indeterminate gender throughout their lives.