Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:51
New push to end male/female sex registry
The D66 is pushing for gender registration to be removed from documents if does not serve a specific purpose. The party will argue this issue during a debate on emancipation today, RTL reports. In 2013 the Cabinet commissioned a study to find out whether it will be possible to omit gender registration from Dutch official documents, such as passport or ID card, but thus far nothing has come of it. The D66 now wants to push the issue, and form more than just passports and ID cards. "In many situations we register gender without it actually contributing to something. Just out of habit. Why is it important to state your gender on your public transport chip card?" Pia Dijkstra said. The public transport card indicating gender sometimes makes it difficult for transgender people to prove that they are the owner of the card, which can lead to embarrassing situations in public transport. Utrecht is already doing a test run with the omission of gender on municipal documents.