HOLLAND–The Netherlands issued its first ever gender-neutral passport. On Friday 57-year-old Leonne Zeegers from Breda, who as an intersex person does not identify as a man or a woman, received a passport with an ‘X’, instead of an ‘M’ for male or ‘V’ for female, NU.nl reports.
Zeegers won the right to a gender neutral passport in a lawsuit. In May the court ruled that the fact Zeegers can not register as gender neutral is “a violation of private life, self-determination and personal autonomy”.
LGBT interest organizations are delighted. “This is a personal victory for Leonne”, said NNID, TNN and COC. “It is a wake-up call for the cabinet: make it possible for everyone to delete gender in passports and other official documents.” Making it possible to register as a third gender will require a legislative amendment.
Intersex persons have sexual characteristics that are not strictly male or female. According tot he interest organizations, around 4 percent of Dutch don’t identify as male or female.