The Netherlands will join the list of countries that do not indicate gender in their identity documents

“Citizens can shape their own identity,” said the Minister for Education, Culture and Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven, announcing the end of gender indication in Dutch documents.

Holland will stop including the gender in their documents of identity, as announced by the Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven, in an information letter that he sent to the Dutch Parliament. “Citizens can shape your own identity and express it with complete freedom and security, “he wrote. The cost to carry it out is “limited” and to reduce the cost to a minimum it will be carried out from now until 2025, when other requirements in identity documents come into effect.

Various countries —among them India, Pakistan, Nepal, Australia and Canada– allow people to use a X in case M (male) or F (female) is not suitable for them; with this change, which will be implemented in the next five years, Holland will join Germany, which also eliminated the gender indication in their identity documents, and Italy and Serbia, who never had it. Only the passports will retain the line for gender identification, because the rules of the European Union (EU)“But if a sufficient number of member states support the change, gender could also be eliminated in them,” added the minister.

Several countries, such as India, Pakistan, Nepal, Australia, Canada, and the Netherlands, allow people to use an X in case of M (male) or F (female) in their documents. (Shutterstock)
Several countries, such as India, Pakistan, Nepal, Australia, Canada, and the Netherlands, allow people to use an X in case of M (male) or F (female) in their documents. (Shutterstock)

Van Engelshoven presented the novelty as part of a government plan “to limit unnecessary sex registration where possible.” According to Dutch News, some municipalities, such as Amsterdam and Utrecht, they removed gender from their forms and, where possible, questions about gender specification. The government jobs website, Werken voor Nederland, also eliminated the line to check a box with options F or M. Although there were requests in court, which were approved, to issue gender neutral birth certificatesOfficials are still evaluating the legal ramifications of doing so.

While much has changed in the way of document people in western countries since Napoleon Bonaparte introduced sex on birth certificatesBecause he wanted to know how many soldiers he could count on in the future, that characteristic has endured, and was even emphasized in 1974, when after years of unisex fashion In clothing and haircuts the International Civil Aviation Organization added the criteria among those who give international validity to passports.

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The idea of ​​including sex on birth certificates is from Napoleon Bonaparte.

Organizations Dutch LGBTQs like COC and NNID celebrated the change: “It will be great news for people who have time and time again faced gender issues in their documents, who are asked unnecessary and indiscreet questions on trains or at border controls, ”they told Trouw.

“It is good that the government does not record so much what is in our underwear,” Brand Berghouwer, head of the trans organization TNN, told Reuters. “Is a good way to give people a little bit more freedom to be who they are

Human Rights Watch recalled that there are other antecedents on the removal of data from people’s documentation: “Many countries have removed personal characteristics such as race, religion or marital status. The primary purpose of an identity document is to ensure that the person presenting it is who they say they are. Indicators of race or gender do not give additional clarity. “

Holland It is one of the countries world’s most progressive LGBTQ rights, and has had same-sex marriage since 2001. Instead, in May Hungary banned legal gender change.


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