Netherlands want to forego gender information on ID cards

Netherlands want to forego gender information on ID cards

Male, female, diverse, no matter: Dutch identity cards should no longer contain gender information by 2025 at the latest. One wants to “limit the unnecessary registration of the sex”.

Identity cards in the Netherlands should no longer contain gender information. The corresponding category will no longer exist “from 2024/2025,” wrote Education and Culture Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven in a letter to Parliament.

The aim is to “limit the unnecessary registration of the gender wherever possible”. People should “create their own identity and live in full freedom and security,” the minister said. According to the requirements of the European Union, it cannot be dispensed with on passports.

The Netherlands was not the first country with a gender-neutral ID, emphasized van Engelshoven. The gender is not mentioned in German identity cards either. With the German passport, however, you can choose the entry “X” under “Gender”.

The Dutch associations for the protection of the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersexuals (LGBTI) supported the project. “This is excellent news for people who experience problems every day because of such categories in their IDs,” they said in a joint statement.

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