Austrian court moves to recognise 'third gender'
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Austri an court moves to recognise âthird genderâ.Source:Supplied
AUSTRIAâS constitutional court has ruled that people not wanting to be identified as either male or female should have the right to do so when completing official forms.
The decision marks a big step towards the formal recognition of a third gender.
The court, responding to a request from an intersexual militant known as Alex Juergen, invoked the European Convention on Human Rights to insist that the legislature introduce the option of âotherâ or âinterâ where civil register forms ask a personâs gender.
âFor the first time in my life, I feel like am being recognised as what I am, how I was born,â said Alex Juergen, whose real identity remains a secret.
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The constitutional courtâs decision was hailed by opposition social-democrat, liberal and ecology parties.
However the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe), junior partner in Austriaâs coalition government, slammed the courtâs decision as âtotally incomprehensibleâ saying it raises ânumerous problems, notably concerning military service or retirement age.â
The court stressed in its ruling that Article 8 of the European human rights convention guarantees the right to âan individual sexual identityâ and protects âin particular, people with an alternative sexual identityâ.
The article in question states that âeveryone has the right to respect for his private and family lifeâ.
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Last November neighbouring Germany became the first European nation where the justice system called for the official recognition of a âthird sexâ, a decision followed in May by the Netherlands.Source: Google News Austria | Netizen 24 Austria