Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Thus begins the story:
If the newborn's external genitals look ambiguous - if the penis is too small or the clitoris too large, the medical community calls this condition DSD - Disorders or Differences of Sexual Development, or simply "intersex."
But it's only recently that the legal community has recognized the condition too.
It's a year since Germany passed legislation to recognize intersex people. And the law came into effect late last year. It gives parents the option to leave the gender of their child blank on the birth certificate and other official documents.
What might appear to be a small bureaucratic detail means that intersex children in Germany can now choose their own gender later in life.