Intersex Germans want better

Intersex people in Germany are asking their Federal Constitutional Court to officially allow them to use their own gender designations rather than relegating them to “male” or “female.” An estimated 80,000 people in Germany identify as intersex, meaning that they don’t display the gender traits of people generally described as “male” or “female.”

“Always having to make this decision, with only the categories ‘man’ and ‘woman’ to choose from, means that intersex people constantly have to deny their own existence,” said Moritz Schmidt, of the advocacy group Dritte Option (Third Option), which is seeking a decision on gender designation at the Constitional Court. “They become invisible as people, and this is a violation of the right of personality.”