On questionnaires I often can’t get past the second question.
I have to decide: “Woman” or “man”.
And as so often, I feel left out.

Dritte Option (Third Option) is an advocacy group in Germany that is accompanying court proceedings for the introduction of a third gender option in German passports, birth certificates and other legal documents. We want this option to be open for all, and its selection to be exclusively based on the decision of each individual.

At the same time as the judicial proceedings we are running a political campaign to gain support for our case, and to raise awareness of the situation of inter* people in Germany and the repressive character of gender binarism. We want to create space and visibility for all genders that do not fit into ‘male’ or ‘female’.

In July, 2014 the request for modification of a person’s birth certificate to ‘inter/divers’ – X was submitted to the registry office in Gehrden, Germany. The request was forwarded to the district court in Hanover where it was rejected. We submitted a complaint to the district court of second instance in Celle that rejected it. In February 2015 we took the appeal to the next higher level, namely the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof), the highest appellate court in Germany for civil and criminal cases. The Federal Court of Justice rejected the appeal on June 22nd, 2016. Our group Dritte Option is going to accompany the submission of a complaint against this ruling to the Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) on September 2nd, 2016.

We are very much interested in discussing, networking and cooperating with other campaigns and interest groups as well as interested individuals in Germany and internationally.

Please contact us at info@dritte-option.de.