After a few years in the Netherlands, identity cards will not mark gender. This is stated in the letter from the Minister of education, culture and science, the Netherlands Ingrid van Engelshoven to the country’s Parliament, reports the edition NU.nl.
It is expected that this innovation will appear in the new identity 2024 or 2025. The sex will remain in passports – as required by the laws of the European Union.
The need of the refusal to register on grounds of sex in the Netherlands included in the coalition agreement of 2017. Local LGBT organizations have long called for an end to mandatory gender check.
According to Engelshoven, internal studies showed that the sex of the person on the ID has no practical significance, including for the police.
In the Netherlands there are already people who are registered as third categorycalled “gender cannot be determined”. But this became possible only after they have filed a lawsuit to the court, the newspaper writes.
In 2017, the Federal government of Germany has approved a bill that allows to write in the third floor of the citizen. The same decision was taken by the Canada.