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Austria recognises third gender option in official documents

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 15, 2019
An Austrian intersex activist has been issued non-binary documents featuring a third gender option, a first for the country.
Alex Jürgen
Europe   Alex Jürgen
The individual, identified as Alex Jürgen in a press release from Austrian rights group Lambda, received the documents on Tuesday (May 14).

Jürgen’s passport now features “X” as the gender marker, while their birth certificate uses the term “divers,” which can be roughly translated from German as “miscellaneous” or “other.”

Austria’s Constitutional Court ruled in June that citizens have a right to have their gender identity accurately reflected in official documents, allowing for more than just the “male” or “female” options.

For the birth certificate, the court declared the terms “inter,” “open” and “divers” to be acceptable, but Austrian Minister of Interior Herbert Kickl decided in December that civil registries should only use the term “divers” to identify a third gender option, which can only be recognised when the individual presents a certificate from a panel of doctors attesting to their intersexuality.

Jürgen, who wishes to have the term “inter” on their birth certificate, will return to the courts to have this right enforced.