Image Credit: Luca Sartoni, via Le Monde

France News | Intersex

French court rules in favor of establishing third gender option for intersex individual
  • A French court has for the first time allowed for the establishment of a third gender option for an individual’s legal status, ruling in favor of a 64-year-old intersex individual to change their status from male to “neutral gender.”
  • The judge ruled that the gender assigned to the individual at birth was “pure fiction” and that the creation of a third option was not the recognition of a third gender, but of the impossibility of ascribing binary gender to individuals who present with both male and female sexual characteristics.
  • A 2011 legal memorandum outlined administrative guidelines for intersex newborns, allowing for a one- to two-year deferral of gender assignment on a newborn’s birth certificate if the child presents as intersex, while Europe’s main human rights authority recently spoke out against surgical gender assignment for intersex newborns.

Read more:
Une personne de «sexe neutre» reconnue par l’état civil” (20 minutes, in French)
Le sexe « neutre » reconnu pour la première fois en France” (Le Monde, in French)
French court recognises third gender for first time” (France24)

(Image Credit: Luca Sartoni, via Le Monde)