The IQA Commends Countries For Recognizing Third Gender

Published: 17 August 2018
Written by IQA Staff

Over the last four months, several governments have begun to recognize a third gender for official records.

On Aug. 15, 2018, Germany’s Cabinet approved a third gender option “diverse” for official records to recognize people who are neither male nor female. Germany joins Austria whose Constitutional Court ruled in June that people could be entered into official records as a gender other than male or female. Additionally, on May 28, 2018, a court in the Netherlands said that there is a need for a third gender to be recognized.

These developments run alongside worldwide recognition outside Europe. In the United States last year, Oregon became the first state in June 2017 to allow a nonbinary gender option on driver’s licenses. California, Massachusetts, Maine, Washington, and Washington, D.C. have followed suit in passing legislation to recognize a third gender on legal documents. Other states have proposed legislation to allow for a nonbinary gender on legal documents. There has also been similar legislation in Australia and Canada.

The International Quidditch Association (IQA) commends these decisions and stands behind its commitment to gender inclusivity both on and off the pitch. As a diverse community who has been inclusive for more than 10 years, the IQA is proud to hold the values many countries are beginning to recognize.