Germany now allows intersex and gender non-conforming people to legally identity as such under a new law, reported BBC.
Prior to the law, those who did not identify within the gender binary opted out of registering their gender, since Germany allowed it in 2013.
Those who do not identify as either male or female can now mark “diverse” on official documentation according to the law that came into effect on Tuesday (January 1).
However, in order to do so, individuals must undergo a medical examination and provide a doctor’s certificate of approval. Because of this, critics say the law isn’t enough.
Intersex groups have criticized the bill, saying the intrusive medical examination could lead to the pathologization of the intersex population. “Sexual self-determination should exist only for a medically narrowly defined group of people,” the intersex organization Oii Germany said in a statement.